Joyride by Anna Banks – YA Contemporary Romance At Its Best

Joyride by Anna Banks – YA Contemporary Romance At Its Best

Joyride is one of the only contemporary YA romances I got a shot to read that is publishing in early June, and it is one of the strongest I’ve read in a long time.  The characters are believable, the plot is well paced, and the conflicts are timely and universal.  Fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry and Jennifer Echol’s Going Too Far will enjoy this thoughtful romance that questions the balance between responsibility to family and personal happiness.


Carly works hard. She has to because every dime she and her brother save goes toward getting her family back.

Arden plays hard. He has to after his sister dies because he won’t know he is alive otherwise.

He’s the sheriff’s son with a penchant for pranks, and she is the illegal immigrant’s daughter trying to balance her future with the future her family dreams of.  When a prank gone wrong brings these two together, cultures collide and there are fireworks. It could be the beginning of something spectacular or a spectacular disaster. Joyride is a contemporary take on the age old Romeo and Juliet relationship, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is well paced to develop a believable relationship, but it still manages to move the action forward with few lulls. If you are looking for a new book boyfriend and you like those mysterious bad boys, Arden is going to rock your world.  If you are a good girl who sometimes wants to drop your cares and play for a little while, Carly will feel like home.  Both major characters are well developed and experience both internal and external conflicts that lead to satisfying growth. Many of the minor characters have charm as well, though the villain is disappointingly flat. This is a perfect summer romance for anyone who has ever just wanted to let go.

You can check this out from our classroom library!  I didn’t think you could live without a love story like this.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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