Author: Leila Sales
Published on: September 15, 2015
Page Count: 352
That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for 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—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.
Then Arden stumbles upon a website 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. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.
Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.
During one crazy night out in New York City 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.
I admit that one of the main reasons that I picked up, Tonight The Street Are Ours, was because of the gorgeous cover and the cool synopsis. It’s definitely one of those stories that you will either love or you don’t. The plot was interesting, the characters were diverse, and even though the story didn’t rock my socks in the way I had hoped, I still really liked this novel.
This story dealt with issues of wanting to feel loved, accepted, and realizing that your own happiness isn’t dependent on other people. One of my favorite parts of the book was the main character, Arden. Like the synopsis says, Arden is recklessly loyal. She’s a nice girl and she was always been taught to look out for others and put them and their feelings above her own.
She has a best friend who she always tries to save, a boyfriend who’s more focused on his theater acting then he is her, and a little brother who needs her, and a dad who has consumed himself with work. She felt obligated to shield and protect those that were important to her. She was the good student, sister, daughter, girlfriend, and best friend. When her usually selfless mother becomes frustrated and walks out on their family, it turns her world around and Arden begins to question all she has been taught.
“Why doesn’t anyone love me as much as I love them?”
Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, Arden heads to the internet and finds a blog called Tonight the Streets Are Ours. She finds comfort in the author, Peter’s, stories of his life and falling in love. Arden feels she can relate to Peter’s stories and feels like they understand each other. When a special day in her life goes particularity wrong, she makes the rash decision to head to New York to meet him.
The journey to New York becomes an uncharacteristic day of reckless and partying. It also brings to light some truths. Arden begins to wonder what she really knows about Peter, what she really knows about herself, and how she needs to comes to terms with it all.
Yes, some of the story seemed a bit far fetched (honestly who travels to meet someone she has never met much less spoken to?!) but it was interesting none the less. I was so disappointed and frustrated with some characters but there was some pretty decent character growth in Arden and even a little bit in Lindsey. The story wasn’t action packed, but it flowed well and touched on some issues. I enjoyed that there was some true honesty and realism in the ending. Ms. Sales is an author I would like to read again.