Review: Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Tonight the Streets Are OursTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recklessly loyal.

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. 

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

After reading two fantasies in a row a contemporary felt refreshing. I thought that I would like this book way more than I did This Song Will Save Your Life . I liked the story in Tonight the Streets Are Ours more than I did This Song Will Save Your Life . But it didn’t leave me breathless nor did it wow me.

This book is divided into two parts and is written in third person. The book starts off with Arden and her best friend Lindsey getting into a fight. Arden decides that she is through with Lindsey and leaves. We are then taken back two months before this occurred. Arden has been called down to the principles office. When she enters his office he explains that during a locker routine check they found pot in her locker. She is surprised by this but then realizes that Lindsey put it in her locker. They don’t use their assigned lockers but each others because it’s much closer to their classes. Arden realizes that if she reveals this Lindsey will get in trouble with her parents and will not be allowed to participate in the track team.

Readers are then told how the two friends met. Lindsey was new to town and Arden’s neighbor. During their first conversation Lindsey revealed that her father had cancer and that things were hard for them. Arden feeling bad for Lindsey asks her parents whether she can give their Disney Land tickets to Lindsey’s family instead. They agree. Since then they have been inseparable.

Arden claims that yes the pot is hers. Her father is called in and she reveals to the principle that her mother left a few weeks back and that the pot was her way of acting out. The principle says that Arden will be suspended for three days and that the pot incident would go on her permanent record. Therefore whatever colleges she would apply for would she that she had a ‘pot addiction’. Arden is shocked by this but doesn’t rat Lindsey out. Lindsey is grateful for Arden saving her butt. Arden never told Lindsey what exactly the consequences were aside from the obvious suspension.

Lindsey is a troublemaker and Arden has always been there to save her. Her parents did not really like her. As she is a troublemaker and a Lesbian. With the exception of her, Lindsey’s family are devote Christians. Her and Arden have been friends since they were nine years old.

Arden’s family life has been difficult since her mother walked out on them. Her mother does call and email but Arden wants nothing to do with her considering that her mother left them in a mess. At some point in the book Arden’s father comes with a letter from her mother and tells her to read it. At first she has no intention of doing so but her curiosity wins. The letter explains why her mother left and that she and Arden’s father were trying to work on their issues so that she could come back.

One day Arden comes across a blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours. She is awe at how the blogger manages to understand her without even knowing her. She finds out that the bloggers name is Peter and that he lives in New York. She checks on his blog everyday and loves the way he writes.

After getting in a fight with her boyfriend on their one year anniversary she decides to check on Peters blog. She finds that he is also having a miserable day. She decides that Peter needs her in his life. She asks Lindsey whether she would like to go to New York and she agrees. So the two set off.

Arden’s trip to New York wasn’t realistic. First of all when did she have time to even get money for the trip? She only went back to Lindsey’s house so she could pick her up. She never went back to her house because that would raise suspicion. It’s possible that she just carries money on her. I’m assuming it was a lot of money because if you are going on a trip $10-20 isn’t enough. Especially considering that Lindsey never carried any money with her.

When Arden and her boyfriend got into the fight I found that it was her fault and not her boyfriends. I understand that she had been planning their anniversary for months and she was frustrated that he couldn’t make it. But I also felt that she took it overboard. Due to the fact that he couldn’t make it she assumed that she wasn’t a top priority to him and she felt that she had a right to want this one thing. His reason for not being able to make it was justified.

During the ride to New York when Lindsey decides to actually help Arden she blows because her suggestions were not helpful. This was very rude on her part. She keeps complaining that she feels she does everything and doesn’t get any help. But when she does she gets angry. This is probably because at the time she was extremely frustrated and just in a bad mood.

It was really weird to read about her fascination in Peter. She assumed that because his blog was a personal one that she knew everything about him. I guess that it wasn’t necessarily wrong to assume so. But it was weird.

During her trip in New York she realizes that she doesn’t know who she is. Afterwards she finds herself and learns to forgive her mother.

You can probably tell that I didn’t like Arden. I liked her more towards the end. I also could not relate to her. She went on this journey to find herself whereas I have always known who I am and have never needed said journey.

Despite how the synopsis makes Lindsey seem awful she wasn’t. I actually liked her and could easily relate to her. She made all these silly mistakes but she didn’t let them define her. And she does own up to said mistakes. Her friendship with Arden wasn’t what I would call a healthy one. Arden never let Lindsey learn and grow. Instead she always protected her. By the end of the trip they realize this and mend their friendship.

I’m not going to say anything about Peter because that would literally spoil the whole book for you. The only thing you need to know is that he is not what he seems.

This book was about learning to grow, stories, friendship and love. You see both sides of all the stories in this book making you realize that there is always more to what meets the eye and that sometimes there is not good guy or bad guy but instead just victims.

Just like This Song Will Save Your Life this book contained realistic characters.

I liked the epilogue and how all the characters stories ended. I also loved how all the characters grew throughout this story! I will definitely continue to read more books by Sales. Overall this was a good book with an interesting story! I recommend this to those who have gone on a journey to find themselves, fans of the author, and fans of contemporary.

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