Waiting on Wednesday (10)

 Hey y’all!It’s Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they’re looking forward to reading! I’ve just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I’ve discovered so many reads that I’m putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here’s this week’s pick!joyrideNovel: Joyride by Anna Banks | GoodreadsRelease Date: June 2, 2015Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)

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.

I love Anna Banks - something about her writing is so magnetic, with the perfect amount of wit. She manages to craft absorbing worlds with plenty of chemistry. The characters are funny and engaging, with the keen ability to tug on your heartstrings when the narrative requires it. Her banter!Because I'm a fan of her Syrena series, I'm only exposed to the mermaids/romance/action Anna Banks. I'm itching to know what she's going to do with a contemporary book. In addition to that, it looks remarkably well-crafted and exhilarating. She balances all her elements remarkably: humor, romance, subplots involving both.The premise - shy girl, night of pranking - sounds like something similar to Paper Towns or The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, both of which I highly enjoyed to give a little thrill. On the flip side, there's diversity and mental illness and immigration. (For the record, most bloggers whose reviews I've stalked in preparation for this release have said Banks portrays immigration in an accurate light that they really admired.) Hearing Anna Banks speak on both subjects intelligently makes me confidently believe that she'll do justice to both issues which deserve more of a stand in YA lit.Books like this make for the perfect summer reads: heartfelt, but with deeper messages and emotions woven in at opportune, authentic moments.