Sunday, January 29, 2017

Joyride Review...

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.



So this is my first book by Anna Banks and it has been sitting on my kindle for who knows how long.  What the heck?
Carly is a high school student who lives with her brother after their parents were deported.  One night while at work she rescues her favorite customer from somebody holding a gun on him.  From then on she and the kid holding the gun become so much more.  She wants nothing more than to get her family back to the States but could her new relationship threaten that?  Can she save her family?  Can she save herself?  Can she save her relationships?
I absolutely loved this book.  I felt for the characters and could easily place myself in their place.  I felt like I was experiencing what they were experiencing.  I loved the plot of this book as well.  A lot of people these days don’t know the struggles some families go through in order to be together and this book though fiction threw you into the lives of a family doing just that.  I loved all the twists and turns in this book because you never know what is going to happen next.  I didn’t want the book to end. 
I want to know if Carly makes it to college.  What happens with Uncle Cletus?  I have so many questions but it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.  I just want to know what happens to these characters.  Maybe a sequel should be written?!?!?!?!?!?
5 joyful stars!!!!

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