ARC Review: Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

“Like all stories, the one you’re about to read is a love story.”

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting when I picked this up. I wanted to read this because it was written by the author who wrote This Song Will Save Your Life (if you haven’t read that yet what are you waiting for?!) and because it was about a girl trying to track down a blogger. But what I was expected isn’t what I got.

Seventeen year old Arden is fiercely loyal.

“Love means sometimes sacrificing the things you want in order to make someone else happy. It means being there for someone, even when maybe you don’t feel like it, because they need you.”

Her role in everyone’s life is to be there for them and support/cheer them on. And I thought she was extremely relatable (at least to me) with trying to keep her best friend safe and happy and the betrayal she felt after her mother’s actions. When she realizes how unhappy she is always being there for people and no one for her (friends, family, boyfriend) she finds comfort in a blog called Tonight the Streets Are Ours written by a seventeen year old boy named Peter.

Like I said, I didn’t really get what I was expecting. I thought this would be a feel good romance, but it’s not. It looks at all types of relationships, yes, some romantic, but also between family and friends, and every single character in this book managed to piss me off at one point or another but because of all their flaws they felt so real to me.

I think a lot of us have been in relationships that are more one-sided than not and it’s hard to find the balance between doing what’s best for others and doing what’s best for yourself and Tonight the Streets Are Ours definitely touches upon all of this which makes it extremely relatable. I absolutely recommend this.

“You were promised a love story. And this is mine.”

**ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

4 stars

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