I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Also by this author: This Song Will Save Your Life
From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven't met yet.
Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.
Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called "Tonight the Streets Are Ours," the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.
During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either.
Thoughts on Tonight the Streets Are Ours
As much as I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t. I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life, and was hoping for the same amount of amazing.
The number one thing was the characters. I didn’t care for Arden or Lindsey. Arden took being responsible to the extreme, and Lindsey just didn’t care for other people’s feelings. They both pretty much used each other to validate how they viewed themselves. This is evident but the first scene in the book. There’s no way in hell I would take the fall for a friend in that situation. I don’t care if we were like sisters.
I also didn’t care for the stalking type behavior that Arden. It’s weird, and the whole finding Peter thing was odd too. It might be because I’m much older that I couldn’t connect, but it’s just not something I would have considered doing.
Even though those two things didn’t pull me in, I did like the overall sense of the story. I’ve always been a fan of Sales’s way with words, and it’s no exception with this one. She writes beautifully. And the story is always much more than it seems when you start it. That is the reason I will continue to read her work.
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