23310761Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: ALA 2015
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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. – Goodreads

Review:

Tonight These Streets Are ours is the story of Arden who ultimately takes care of everyone around her. Unfortunately because her mother has recently left the family, no one takes care of Arden. Arden realizes her father continues to be absent, her brother needs someone to parent, her boyfriend knows she’ll understand, and her best friend always knows Arden will be there. Arden is sick of being there. Arden wants to be taken care of and needed herself.

I wanted to hug Arden and tell her “I get you. I get what it’s like to be the ‘understanding’ person. It gets old!” But Arden and I quickly diverge paths from each other when Arden decides to leave her small town for New York City for the chance at seeing a blogger she admires. Arden sees this blogger living the perfect life and for one night she wants to be part of that. Of course, what Arden doesn’t realize is how blogging often paints a perfect picture but behind the scenes is much more than that. And it’s true, I have spent many nights/days talking to my co-blogger, my friends Jen and Lauren discussing just aspects of blogging, but it’s more than meets the eye. It always is. Arden never thinks of that though. Arden sees the pretty picture that it is and views it as the truth.

She’s shocked when she gets to New York City with her BFF and finds the blogger isn’t everything that she imagined him to be. Her friendship with Lindsey falls apart. Her car falls apart. The blogger falls apart Arden is lost and finds hope in the least likely of places in New York City.

I didn’t find Tonight These Streets Are Ours to be a let down or anything, I just didn’t find it particularly…grabbing. A lot of it was a bit unrealistic, which is fine if it works for the story, but this is a case of where it didn’t work for the story, or therefore me.