Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: Book review

Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Publisher/Year: September 24th 2015 Macmillan Children's
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: No
Pages: 353
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Macmillan!)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose: it 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 mum.
Arden stumbles upon a blog called 'Tonight the Streets Are Ours', the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, and it feels like she's finally found a kindred spirit. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.
During one crazy night 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.

My review

I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life when I read it, so I had HIGH expectations for this book. For the most part, it didn't disappoint. What also made me very excited about it was the synopsis; blogging and NYC. What's not to love?

Although many people didn't seem to like Arden that much, I could completely relate to her. She isn't perfect by any means, but who is? Although, there were times when I thought what Arden did was quite extreme, maybe to the point of obsessive.

This is a story about many things, but I think mostly self-discovery, and the realisation that you maybe aren't the person you thought you were, and that's not bad.

I was disappointed in the 'romance' part of this book; it just felt lacking in pretty much everything for me.

Sales' beautiful writing is still here, and that alone is enough to enjoy this book.

Izzy

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