Book Finds: Joyride & Mosquitoland

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

Joyride by Anna Banks
JOYRIDE by ANNA BANKS
RELEASE DATE. June 2, 2015
PUBLISHER. Feiwel and Friends

SYNOPSIS. 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.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR JOYRIDE? Joyride speaks for itself. Even though I haven't read Anna Banks's previous novels, I am so excited to read Joyride. Because it isn't only about joyride, it involves pranking, chasing and more chasing!


Mosquitoland by David Arnold
MOSQUITOLAND by DAVID ARNOLD
RELEASE DATE. March 3, 2015
PUBLISHER. Viking Juvenile

SYNOPSIS. I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the wastelands of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR MOSQUITOLAND? "I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

About three things I am absolutely positive. First, Mosquitoland isn't dystopian. Second, that quote explains how potent my thirst for beautiful, strange words. And third, I am irrevocably in love with the book and its cover art.


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