Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Recklessly loyal. That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always described herself. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone taking her loyalty for granted, 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, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. So when Peter’s heart is broken, Arden sets out on a road trip to see him. During one crazy night 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.
First Sentence: Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I was a huge fan of Leila Sales’ earlier book, This Song Will Save Your Life, so when I saw that she was writing a new book, I was obviously beyond excited for it even though I had absolutely no idea what the book was about. Add the fact that I saw its gorgeous cover when the cover was released and scratch that – I not only needed that book, but I absolutely NEEEEEEEEDED it in my hands asap. Tonight the Streets Are Ours was one of my top three priority books to obtain at BEA and you can imagine the internally squealing that went on when it was finally in my hands.
What had become abundantly clear to Arden over the past month was this: there were people in this world who didn’t know how to take care of others. There were people who walked away even when they’d made a promise to stand by you. There were people who threw around the word love but only acted on it when it was convenient for them. (ARC 26)
Tonight the Streets Are Ours was a breeze to go through. I was into and invested in the entire book. There was never a slow or boring moment for me and I love how Leila Sales wrote Tonight the Streets Are Ours using a present day teaser in the first chapter, then started telling the story all the way from the beginning before everything had happened. By writing Tonight the Streets Are Ours this way, Leila Sales got my attention right from the start and made me more interested in Arden’s journey. Half of the book is also told before Arden’s trip to New York while the last half of the book tells you what had happened in New York and the aftermath of the trip.
Okay, so I’m sad to say this but Arden, the main character, was kind of…ummm. Well, I can’t think of any nicer way to say this than she was not in her right mind sometimes, as you can probably tell from the synopsis of Tonight the Streets Are Ours. Yes, Arden does stalk Peter – a person she has never talked to even once (what happened to Internet safety?) – and her reasoning behind stalking him is so ridiculous to the point that she really needs to seek some help. Arden has also stalked someone else in a way in the past too; she really needs to seek help for this trait of hers. Other than that, Arden is a normal, everyday person who values her friends beyond all else.
Because more and more these days, she wondered if the most exciting moment in her life was already in her past. If maybe the greatest thing about her had happened when she was nine years old, and it had all been downhill ever since then. (ARC 168)
I love that Tonight the Streets Are Ours takes place in New York. It was great seeing Leila Sales talk about my city and naming all the places I’ve been to with the exception for a few. Yes, I giggled when Leila Sales changed a part of New York to fit her story (I bet other New Yorkers will know what I’m talking about).
If you want to read a book about self-discovery, discovering how people really are, with a dose of stalkerdom and reality, Tonight the Streets Are Ours is definitely the book for you!