I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Joyride by Anna Banks
Published by Macmillan on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Emigration & Immigration, General, Hispanic & Latino, Love & Romance, People & Places, Social Issues, United States, Young Adult
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Who says opposites don't attract?It's been several years since Carly Vega's parents were deported. Carly lives with her older brother, studies hard, and works the graveyard shift at a convenience store to earn enough to bring her parents back from Mexico. Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He used to date popular blondes and have fun pranking with his older sister. But now all that's changed, and Arden needs a new accomplice. Especially one his father, the town sheriff, will disapprove.All Carly wants, at first, 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 the wishes of others. Carly and Arden's journey toward their true hearts - and one another-- is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. Just like real life.
Carly’s parents were deported back to Mexico three years ago. Since her brother Julio and her were born in the United States, they were able to stay behind. Since then they’ve worked hard to pay for the fees charged by “El Libratoador” to bring their parents back across the Texas border. Carly works really hard for her family. She tries her best to get good grades because she wants to be able to make a better life for her family.
I love how Banks is able to take a serious topic and cover it with such grace and then on top of that she still puts fun and a sense of humor into he story. The main characters would have fun midnight prank sessions. Carly was this very serious girl until Arden moss, the sheriff’s son, decides that she will make the perfect wingman. Arden and Carly have a very interesting relationship. The two of them are complete opposites. Arden is a sheriff’s son and then Carly is the daughter of illegal immigrants. Right there they have issues because secrets have to be kept.
Banks creates a very realistic story for her readers. Carly was being used to support her family and also to bring them back illegally into the country. This became a definite problem for everyone. “Joyride” was definitely a good book to address these issues and I really enjoyed. The characters were great. I really think that the subject matter was handled very well.