JOYRIDE Blog Tour: ‘The Adventures of Waitressing’ Guest Post by Anna Banks + Giveaway

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I am so excited to welcome Author Anna Banks to the blog today to share an awesome post about some of her experiences as a waitress for the JOYRIDE Blog Tour. In JOYRIDE one of the main characters, Carly, has to get a job as a server, and she does quite well. The same can’t always be said for Anna Banks, judging by her post. (I’m still trying to decide who I’m more sympathetic toward – customer or waitress.)

I will say one thing, though, waitressing is not easy. Hungry customers aren’t always the nicest – or cleanest – of people. And I happen to know of two waitresses who did exactly what Anna Banks did with her one dollar tip.


If you’d like to meet Carly and learn about her experiences as a waitress and all her experiences in JOYRIDE, scroll down to the giveaway for a chance to win a copy. Many of the other tour stops are also hosting giveaways, so if you want additional chances to win, be sure to check out all the stops. The schedule is at the bottom of this post and will be updated as each post goes live.

But you’ll definitely want to check out what Anna Banks has to say about her experience with waitressing and maybe, just maybe, you’ll relate to one or more of the horror stories she shared.

First though, here’s some information about the book…



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Author: Anna Banks
Release date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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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.


The Guest Post

The Adventures of Waitressing

by Anna Banks

My main character Carly Vega in JOYRIDE ends up getting a serving job on the weekends to help support her family, which she’s trying to smuggle across the Mexican border. She works at an upscale breakfast joint and makes good money, and while I made Carly’s job seem amazing, there are definitely downsides to being a waitress—and I speak from experience.

One of my first published works happened when I was seventeen years old; I’d written a letter to the editor of the local newspaper basically griping about people who tipped horribly and left a mess that looked like a battlefield on the table for me to clean up. I was a server at a country-cooking type restaurant called PoFolks at the time. Aside from the rushes, and the no taking of breaks, and the being on your feet all day, the guests could make it much worse.

I once had a party of twelve run me to death. Each time I came back to the table they wanted something different—extra napkins, extra sauces, an extra plate, a side of fries, this ranch doesn’t taste right, can we have a few lemon slices? Sure. No problem. Anything you want. I don’t mind giving you whatever you ask for, truly. That’s what I’m there for. What I’m also there for is money.

They left me $1.00. One. Freaking. Dollar. For a bill that totaled $85.00.

Their table was a mess; they’d let their children have a food fight. The floor had to be swept and vacuumed before anyone else could be seated there. There were sauces smudged everywhere, and one of them had stolen a glass and taken it with them. I chased them out in the parking lot and handed them the dollar, explaining that they’d left their change on the table. They gave me a funny look and said, “That was your tip.” I firmly shoved the dollar in their hand and said, “You obviously need it more than I do.” And then I walked back in the restaurant. I could have gotten fired for that, but I didn’t. Because they didn’t come in and complain. They knew they had screwed me.

That’s the thing about waitressing. People will come in knowing they’re not going to tip you. Let me be clear; if you can’t afford to tip your server, don’t eat in the restaurant. What if I asked you to come wash my dishes, or mow my lawn? You’d expect to be paid for your services, right? Well so do I. So do other servers.

Okay, enough bickering. Here are some more of the entertaining stories I have from being a server:

1) A man asked for his honey mustard to be on the left side of his plate. (I know, right?) I wasn’t the person who set up his plate or brought him his food, so when he received his order, lo and behold the side of honey mustard was on the wrong side of the plate. He called for me immediately. His face was red and he was literally shaking mad. He informed me that he’d asked for one thing and I’d failed to deliver. I promptly took his plate and turned it around so that the honey mustard was on the left side. He got up and walked out.

2) I once worked with a waitress who had a guest that ordered hot tea. Now in the south, we have sweet iced tea. This waitress proceeded to make a glass of sweet iced tea, then stuck it in the microwave to make it hot. I kid you not.

3) My husband and I met while working at the same restaurant. We hated each other, so our manager scheduled us to work together because we didn’t talk, we just worked. It got worse before it got better; I ended up throwing a dish at his head and shattering it against the wall. Thank God he ducked, right?

4) I once had a table who ordered a catfish fillet. The lady who ordered it was about 17 months pregnant, and when I brought her meal to her I said, “Here is your fresh catshit fillet,” and she immediately vomited on the table. Oops.

In JOYRIDE, Carly is a hard-worker and really hits her stride in waitressing. If you’re a teen looking for some extra cash, or an adult looking for a part time job, waitressing can be fun and rewarding. If you’re a grouchy, unbearable person who dislikes people in general, waitressing is not for you, folks, so don’t ruin your day and ours.

About the Author


Anna Banks is a young adult author whose primary goal is to entertain smart, funny gals like herself. You can expect her works to be centered around a love story, freckled with humor, and seasoned with sarcasm.

Anna grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really) in the Florida Panhandle. She now lives with her husband and daughter close to her hometown. The youngest of seven children, she was spoiled beyond comprehension growing up. Before she started writing, Anna worked as a banker and a waitress. She loves old movies, fried chicken, and Simon Cowell, but loathes exercise, licorice, and haters.

She also spews sarcastic, romantic fiction under pen name Anna Scarlett.


The Giveaway

Thanks to the awesome folks at MacTeenBooks I have a copy of JOYRIDE to give away to ONE winner in the US or Canada.

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is US/Canada
  • Giveaway ends on June 2nd at 12:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
  • Prize will be sent directly by the publisher

There are no requirements to like or follow this blog, but it is always appreciated. There are extra entry opportunities for following the author and publisher on social media, adding the book on Goodreads and spreading the word on Twitter.

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The Tour Schedule

May 7th – The Reader Bee – Q&A + Review + Giveaway

May 8th – A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 9th – The Young Folks – Interview

May 10th – Love is not a triangle – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 11th – The Eater of Books! – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 12th – Xpresso Reads – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 13th – WhoRuBlog – Q&A + Review + Giveaway

May 14th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 15th – A Book and a Latte – Interview + Giveaway

May 16th – Green Bean Teen Queen – Interview + Giveaway

May 17th – Gone with the Words – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 18th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Q&A + Giveaway

May 19th – Fiktshun – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 20th – Curling Up With A Good Book – …

May 21st – Swoony Boys Podcast – Character Interview + Giveaway

May 22nd – A Reader’s Adventure – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 23rd – The Irish Banana – Interview + Giveaway

May 24th – Ex Libris – Interview

May 25th – Love at First Page – Guest Post + Giveaway

May 26th – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview + Giveaway

May 27th – Dana Square – Vlog Guest Post + Giveaway

May 28th – Rather Be Reading – Interview + Giveaway

May 29th – Paper Riot – Cover Artist Interview + Giveaway

May 30th – Mundie Moms – Interview

May 31st – Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Interview + Giveaway

June 1st – Alice Marvels – Guest Post + Giveaway

June 2nd – MacTeenBooks Blog – Anna Banks Interviews Uncle Cletus


  1. Anna Banks’ post on waitressing was so much fun! I laughed out loud while I was reading it! Especially the part about the microwaved ice-tea! When I worked part-time at a cafè I had a colleague who bragged because every time someone asked for a soya latte, she put real milk in it so “those skinny bitches” would get fat. I really can’t believe someone could do something like this! Anyway, I want to read Joyride because it tackles the immigration issue, which isn’t very common in YA literature!

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    I am currently working on a middle grade manuscript with a similar theme, so this book is a must read for me!

  3. Great waitressing stories! I worked as a waitress in a restaurant and at a coffee shop. Some days I had a blast and some days I wanted to slap the customers upside the head! People can be so rude and chintzy! And creepy . . . omg . . . I once had a slightly drunk customer lean over the counter after I gave him his order and whisper, “I’m going to give you the tip you’ll never forget.”

  4. Susan T. says:

    Anna Banks is always so funny! Joyride would be the perfect summer read!

  5. Michelle Lee says:

    I loved her Syrena Legacy series and I just knew Joyride is going to be another great read, so I’m very looking forward to it! Thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

  6. I read her previous series and loved it, it was the perfect summer series!

  7. it sounds interesting

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