About this book:
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.
*review copy received in exchange for review at BEA. This does not affect my opinion or review.*
After having heard such fantastic things about This Song Will Save Your Life, I was very exciting to get my hands on Tonight The Streets Are Ours, which is by the same author. After all, it is about a girl who goes on a road trip to meet her favorite blogger. What a cool concept! Combined with that gorgeous cover, I knew that it would be a fantastic read for me. Despite some reservations, I’m glad I read Tonight The Streets Are Ours, and I recommend it.
Arden is a wonderful main character. She has a lot going on in her life: a disappearing mother, a boyfriend she’s unsure about, a distracted father, and a needy best friend. Throughout all of this, Arden tries her best to stay loyal and to do what is best for others, even if it can get overwhelming at times. I loved reading about her growth as she developed throughout the novel. I totally loved her character.
Above everything, Arden felt real. She is not by any means perfect, but she’s trying her best to support everyone and guide them in the right direction. She honestly wants the best for others and Tonight The Streets Are Ours is the story of her learning that it is okay to want something for herself. She was a very memorable character and although she makes mistakes, I am so glad I had the chance to read about her life.
I’m a huge fan of road trip novels so naturally, I was very exciting to read about the road trip that Arden and her best friend Lindsay take to New York City. After stumbling upon the blog of Peter, a young writer whose words speak to Arden, and experiencing some shocking events in her own life, she decides to track down Peter in New York City. This book ended up being less about the road trip and more about Arden and her life, which was fine, but not exactly what I expected.
I really did not like Peter. Even from his blog entries, I wasn’t convinced and once Arden met him in real life, I liked him much less. I’m sure that many other readers will love his character and the element of the book about the different faces we present to the world, but it wasn’t for me. He felt uninteresting at best, and creepy at worst. I failed to connect with him and that ruined several important scenes of the book for me, sadly.
The pacing of Tonight The Streets Are Ours is pretty slow at the start, and it took me a while to get interested in it. The idea of going to meet Peter isn’t even considered until about halfway through the book, since the first half is mostly about Arden’s life and experiences. I was initially attracted to this book because of the road trip concept and while I loved Arden’s character, the first half didn’t impress me much.
That said, the second half was much better! Parties, secrets, and romance–3 things I love to read about–will fascinate you as you journey to the explosive climax. There was a lot more going on in the second half of the book, particularly the last few chapters, and I’m so glad I didn’t put this book down after the disappointing start.
Tonight The Streets Are Ours is a love story, yes, but it is more than the romance between two people. It’s a love story about the love of a confused family, a broken friendship, and most importantly, of a broken girl trying to put herself back together and find her place in this world. Tonight The Streets Are Ours is an meaningful story of hope, loss and, yes, love. I’m glad I read it, despite some minor flaws, and I hope you will pick it up too.