Book Musings- Joyride by Anna Banks

It has been an incredibly long time ever since my last post and my last book review in general. This is due in part to simple laziness, school work, ending high school, beginning college, forgetting ideas for posts, and simply getting distracted by other things. However, one book that I recently finished has given me some food for thought. I do not know if I will continue to make book review posts in the future, but it is a possibility. As long as a book gives me plenty of things to write about, I would like to discuss it.

Joyride by Anna Banks:

Goodread’s description:

“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.” 

Joyride first came out in July. It is the fourth book by Anna Banks, and her first standalone novel. At the time of this writing, I do not believe that a sequel has been announced. You may recognize the author’s name from the crew of the How To Train Your Dragon film series.

I was pleasantly surprised by Joyride. Initially, the description made me leery, as it sounded like a typical story where two teenagers from different backgrounds fall in love, despite clashing cultures and personalities. I admit, I am growing very tired of those types of realistic fiction books, as they tend to be, for lack of a better term, boring. Joyride is anything but boring. Right from the second sentence, Mrs. Banks demonstrates a knack for writing humorous dialogue and thought processes, as well as a compelling protagonist. In addition, several important topics for teenagers are addressed throughout the book, such as illegal immigration, racism, white privilege, and low-income families. Additionally, it is nice to read a YA book that features a female protagonist who is a person of color.

On the negative side, the book is told from a dual perspective. Alternating chapters will feature Carly’s point of view in the first person, and then Arden’s point of view in the third person. The difference in literary angles is mostly likely meant to avoid confusing Arden and Carly’s speaking styles, but that problem could be solved by having their names above the chapter, as commonly shown in other books. This difference in outlook also makes Arden’s chapters seem more stilted in comparison, although that could be attributed to his character.

Secondly, I am not entirely convinced that the pair would fall in love, based on several of Arden’s actions. To name a fraction of his exploits, he holds up a convenience store at gunpoint, stalks several characters, forcibly grabs Arden, and insults Carly in front of multiple people, albeit accidentally. He seems like a more likable and kindhearted character after they inevitably get together, but this could stem from Carly’s chapters now being written from the altered point of view of being attracted to him.

Lastly, some of the stereotypical gender roles in the novel irk me. At one point, Carly observes that Arden’s coffeemaker is mostly likely owned by his mother, as it’s not appropriate for someone as “manly” as him. Granted, given an earlier comment about the alleged manliness of drinking only black coffee, that may have been intended as humorous, but it still annoyed me.

Overally, I would recommend Joyride. The good points just barely outweigh the flaws, owing to the relevant social issues, humor, and diversity.

Sources: “Joyride.” Goodreads. Goodreads Inc, n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2015. <;.

Banks, Anna. Joyride. New York: Feiwel & Friends, 2015. Print.

STORY: The Legend Of World Book Day!

NOTE: This was original published on a different website. I’m posting it here so more people can enjoy it.

A/N: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hooray, huzzah, callooh, callay, oh frabjous day! It’s World Book Day, so I thought I would tell you about all of the traditions associated with this most hallowed of national days.


The Legend Of World Book Day!

by MiscellaneousSoup


Beginnings: Every celebration of World Book Day begins when Skively Wellington, an extremely pompous old man, prances down the street, hurtling books at everyone! He is usually dressed in a fancy suit, complete with a top hat, monocle, and cane. Basically, imagine a taller version of Rich Uncle Pennybags, otherwise known as that guy on the Monopoly game!


If you don’t like the book, please tell him that you don’t like it. Use the phrase “Sir, I am afraid that I do not desire this publication! Might I please exchange it?” He will continue to throw books at you, increasing in length and weight, until you find one you like! If he throws a thesaurus at you, it means that you don’t know the proper phrasing! If he throws a bar of soap at you, it means that he has extra bars of soap and he doesn’t know what to do with them.


How To Celebrate: To celebrate World Book Day, any person can write a book in the following three hundred and sixty-four days of the year! Then, bind up a book and make multiple copies. After that, dress up as a giant book, complete with the appropriate binding and ink. Tie yourself to a wheelbarrow, stocked with all of the copies of your novel. Then, get a friend to shove you down the highway before they get into their costume. As you plummet down the interstate, scream “HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY, EVERYONE!”


After that, you should get medical attention. By that, I don’t mean going to a hospital. No, that would be absolutely preposterous! You don’t get help from other people on World Book Day, you get help from books on World Book Day! Drag your injured person to the library and start reading every medical textbook they have. Once you are well-versed in that field, make like a  physician and heal thyself!


Origins: This tradition began in jolly old prehistoric times where the dinosaurs would scribble down the best places to find food on pieces of leaves, then bind them together with tar. Coincidentally, this also began the tradition of restaurant menus. However, if you want to see the first human instance, then look no further! Here is the story of Brog.


Brog: Brog was a caveman, as well as a dolt. He would ruin everyone’s food and trample everyone’s living space. On no more than seventeen occasions, he nearly killed the entirety of the Neanderthal population! Yes, even the ones in a different location! One day, everyone got tired with Brog, so they decided to form a task force. The task force decided to create a manuscript to knock some sense into Brog. Unfortunately, beating him in the cranium didn’t work. One Neanderthal came up with the clever idea of forcing him to read and comprehend the manuscript. It didn’t work, he grunted and threw in the tar pit. After that, things started to change, but we don’t need to get into that now.


Modern Traditions: Bookworms around the world have come up with a definitive list of celebration tactics!

  1. Hugging your local library.
  2. Kissing your local library.
  3. Marrying your local library.
  4. Marrying two libraries together.
  5. Marrying three or more libraries together.
  6. Building a new library.
  7. Find a factory that makes Kindles and Nooks and BURN IT TO THE GROUND!
  8. Go find a person who has a Kindle or Nook. Slap them in the face, then kick them until they pass out. Call the police to get them arrested for crimes against paper-based materials.
  9. Support independent bookstores and libraries! (This one is not a joke. I’m actually being serious, please do it. Amazon has been up to some shady things.)
  10. Put on your best Skively Wellington cosplay!
  11. Go to SkivelyCon, a convention for all things Skively Wellington! See the best cosplay and the best recreation of his birth! (He was born when the first library was created. He burst out of the reference desk with a halo-ish glow! Several people fainted, while others started bowing down to him on the spot.)
  12. Make up your own traditions and send them to me at the WordPress blog, Miscellaneous Soup.
  13. Share this comprehensive guide with your friends, family, acquaintances, and enemies!

Got any other special days that you want me to talk about? Leave ‘em in the reviews! Have a wonderful day, my friends!

PARODY: DuckTales Theme Song- REBOOTED!

This is a special message from the executives at Disney. Yesterday, we announced the reboot of DuckTales, to positive reception. However, some people have expressed concerns that we will ‘ruin’ the classic show by modernizing it, despite our  saying that it will keep the spirit of the original show. To appease your worries, we have decided to release a sneak preview of the new theme song.

DuckTales Reboot

Life is full of neat swag

Here in Duckburg

Star Wars, iPads, Marvel Comics

It’s a duck-blur

Might solve a mystery

Or rewrite history

DuckTales (REBOOT!)

We’re back, your favorite show!

DuckTales (REBOOT!)

This can’t possibly be bad!

DuckTales (REBOOT!)

We can also announce at this time that the theme song will be performed by Taylor Swift and rendered in dubstep.

(MADE MONTHS AGO, POSTING NOW)Eight Day Chanukah Challenge, Day One: A Song Parody

Eight Days More

by Zachary Krishef (Sung to the tune of One Day More, from Les Miserables)

Eight days more!

Another holiday, another festival!

This never-ending stream of holidays!

The latkes taste so sublime,

Why we don’t eat them year-around- it’s a crime!

Eight days more!

Songs of making dreidels out of clay,

nearly all the rhymes have been charted!

Eight days more!

On the twenty-fifth, the latkes will be put away,

The Passover cleaning will be started!

Eight more days with my family…

Will we ever find zen?

One more day with present sharing,

Always remember to say thank you!

Taking family photos on Dad’s smart phone

How technological times change, if only our ancestors knew…

Eight more days of the new norm!

See how the menorah glows…

Latkes with applesauce, yum!

Lighting candles with nary a care…

Daylight savings don’t affect the norm…

Hiding presents, avoiding a curious stare…

Will you watch the Rugrats Chanukah special with me?

The time is now, the days are here!

Eight days more!

Eight more days of celebration!

We will mash the potato spud!

We’ll be ready for the special dinner tonight!

Stop imitating Elmer Fudd!

Eight days more!

Light those candles now,

Don’t burn the latkes,

Never break the decorations!

Tell the traditional tales!

Take a little trip

Talk to the relatives

Spread the customs

Put down that phone!

Eight days until a regular week!

Then the New Year comes!

Everyone will feast like kings

There’s always a new tale to be spun!

Do you hear the relatives sing?

They want more latkes!

Eight days more!

Yes, I know that this wasn’t the best song parody. None of my are, with the potential exception of “Elect Me Maybe.” Have an excellent day!

“Heat The School”: A Song Parody

“Let It Snow” Song Parody

By A Very Frozen Zachary Krishef


Oh, the weather inside is frightful

It makes me so very spiteful

I see frost on my book-stool

Heat the school, heat the school, heat the school!


It doesn’t show signs of repair

All those who attend, beware!

I would rather be eating gruel

Heat the school, heat the school, heat the school!


Going home would be a delight

I really want to be warm

I want to set a desk alite

Curse this snow storm!


I really don’t mean to be prying

But how long have you been trying

To keep the warmth a flow

Please, heat the school, heat the school, heat the school!


I think I’m going numb

Everyone’s feeling glum

I hate to sound like a ghoul,

but can you heat the school, heat the school, heat the school?!