Joyride

by 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 his conservative father’s expectations.

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 two paths cross, they 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.

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