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. (via Goodreads)
Title: Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Published: September 15, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I loved this book almost instantly because of how relatable Arden was. I can usually find someway to relate to the main character of most stories but with Tonight the Streets Are Ours the connection was there without even trying.
I’ve never read a book by Leila Sales before but her writing style is terrific. It’s smooth, breezy, and easy to digest. The story was interesting and very nicely paced. I didn’t feel like things were being rushed. I liked the flashback memories of when Arden and Lindsey were little kids and growing up. I definitely appreciated the epilogue because I felt I got great closure with all of the characters.
I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character the way I related to Arden. She’s just a typical teenage girl. She doesn’t really have any special talent, except for the fact that she’s recklessly loyal. Her family life was also really believable and relatable. When Arden found Peter’s blog I enjoyed watching her fall in love with both Peter and his blog. I liked Lindsey, too. I felt that she was a good character to help offset Arden’s character. I liked that the author made Lindsey a lesbian but that there was also more to Lindsey than her sexuality. I liked the mystery of Peter before we met him. I thought it was interesting that we didn’t know much about him except through what we know from his blog. After we met Peter, though, I sort of didn’t like his character. I didn’t like how deluded he was and how he made everyone else out to be the bad guy. Other than that I had no other issues with the book.
There’s romance, believable characters, humor, diversity, a (short) road trip, friendship, and some serious parts to it. This book was a great read.