Tonight the Streets Are Ours | Was Utterly Disappointing

Posted September 21, 2015 by Christy || 13 Comments

Tonight the Streets Are Ours | Was Utterly DisappointingTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Published by Macmillan on September 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC

Recklessly loyal. That's how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Taking care of 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.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours is not at all what I was expecting.

What Was I Expecting?

As a huge fan of This Song Will Save Your Life, I was so excited to get my hands on this book.  I just knew that I would fall in love with it like I did TSWSYL.  That didn’t happen. I did like the overall message of this book and that is the only reason for my 2 star rating.

I was expecting to fall in love with the characters, or at least the main character.  That didn’t happen.  Our MC, Arden, most of the time at times, got on my nerves. In the summary she is described as being ‘recklessly loyal’ but there’s a point to where you have to do what’s best for you.  One of the first scenes in this book is her being ‘recklessly loyal’ to the point of possibly ruining her whole future.  I understand wanting to protect your friends, I want that too.  But the point of making mistakes is learning from them and if we are ALWAYS protecting the same friend for their mistakes, then what are they really learning?

What Wasn’t I Expecting

The mother thing. As a mother myself, I will NEVER understand why or how someone could just up and leave their kids. Arden’s mom gives a half assed explanation as to why she left but I didn’t buy it. I think at that point is where I started to really get unvested in this story and once that happened, I really didn’t care what happened.

The lack of likeability of EVERY character.  Most of them were complete asses and I wanted to punch them.  Usually there’s at least one that I somewhat like in a book.  Not so much with this one.

OH, OH, OH! The thing with the dog?! Not okay.

In Summary

Tonight the Streets Are Ours was one that I went into expecting to love. I know I seemed a little harsh in my review, but this book did have a few good qualities. I really liked the growth that Arden goes through throughout the book and the overall message behind the book. But, there were just some things that I couldn’t get over.

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13 responses to “Tonight the Streets Are Ours | Was Utterly Disappointing

  1. I am so sorry you didn’t like this read. I haven’t read This Song Will Save Your Life but I do know a lot of people liked it. It sucks this book didn’t live up. There has to be some kind of enjoyment of the characters. I can handle not liking them if it was good for the book and overall read but there has to be something there.

  2. Oh boo. I hate when you don’t like ANY characters. It totally takes me out of the story. I haven’t read This Song Will Save Your Life (though it’s on my TBR) but I do have this one. Sorry it was such a disappointment for you – Great honest review!!

  3. I keep seeing this book and yet I still don’t feel even the slightest bit compelled to read this one. Sorry it was so sucky–hope your next book is great!

  4. There’s loyalty and there’s stupidity…I mean, sure, it’s fine to be loyal, but not to the point of basically being a doormat, especially if it’s the same mistakes, because exactly, what do they learn? For a mother to leave her children would have to be a huge and believable situation. Ugh, no likeable characters? Nope. Can’t deal with that. I was so looking forward to this one, too. 🙁

  5. Oh, darn! I’m planning to start this one soon, so I only skimmed your review. But boo… I wanted it to be really awesome. I know you mentioned you had a few issues with it, so I was expecting this type of review. I swear, the gorgeous covers get me every time! 🙂 I hope your next read is more enjoyable for you! ♥

  6. MAN, this is a bummer. I have been seeing similar sentiments, sadly. I was so, so excited for this. But the mother thing does seem ridiculous. You know, I have read several books with “mom takes off for no reason”, and I am sorry, but that just rarely, rarely happens. And probably NEVER without a reason. I mean, even if she’s some kind of cold, selfish hosebeast, that is at least a reason! And Arden sounds awful. I seriously don’t know if I will read this, I am not really feeling like dealing with the disappointment. I am so sorry this was such a bust 🙁

  7. I was really looking forward to this one, but it’s been getting such disappointing reviews. I’m sorry you didn’t like it, but thank you for such an insightful review. It seems like the characters just had way too many flaws for this to even really be enjoyable.

  8. I’m so sorry that this one didn’t work for you, Christy.

    I had a few problems with Arden, but for the most part, I liked her for being real and finally getting frustrated after all of those years of servitude. It sucks that she put it all on herself, but to see her finally realize that she deserved to be treated better made me smile.

    I just wish that the synopsis of Tonight the Streets Are Ours was more honest. It was very misleading, so I’m afraid that more and more readers are going to be disappointed with this one after reading it.

  9. I’m sorry that this one was so disappointing for you 🙁 I actually never really had any interest in this book and still don’t really so I don’t think I am going to pick it up myself. It seems like there was nothing that was too gripping about this novel and it lacked a special quality, although it did have some good things about it.

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