Joyride, Let's Just Call It A Ride

Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Format: ARC, 288 pages
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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.

Feelings over some parts of Joyride? Disappointed. I expected it literally to be joyride. Like Perks of Being A Wallflower joyride. (I know that it’s wrong of me to think but I HAVE FALLEN FOR THAT MIDNIGHT PRANKING.) Also, betrayed. I have expected that they would do gratifying pranks but I was like, “That’s it?”.

What Bank’s gave me is a painful yet impressing and revealing read. Painful that racism never stops because it starts to the people who you expected to understand the most, the people who would see everyone as equal. Impressing that Carly found what it is to live life freely. And, revealing that Arden is wise and a worthy guy for a Latina like Carly.

Bonus point: The most enthralling character Bank’s have written was Arden’s uncle. His combining clever conception and facetious expression was delightful.

Joyride has the clarity and freshness of straightaway experience on racism, friendship, betrayal, suicide, and family that would last in your heart for a duration.

Source: Won from Dana - Thank you!· I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Let's leave it up to this quote from Emily Brontë: "And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day."

  1. oh wow this does sound like a painful, but possibly powerful read hard subject to tackle

    1. Yes, it is. I am lucky to have finished it without getting mad. Most people would turn it down just by reading the first chapter. Whispers: Especially if they are not open-minded.

  2. I remember seeing this around. Sounds like it takes on a tough subjects. Great review!

  3. I love that it deals with an important issue like racism. And I have to say you actually made me want to read it because now I'm curious to see what disappointed you so greatly. :) However, it also sound emotional and I hate to cry!

    1. I'm glad to know that I made you curious. Anyway, it's all right. It's just a light cry. :)

  4. I do really like this author but I never picked this one up, probably because of the reviews for it were just so so. It does sound like a cute read though.


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