Published by Macmillan on September 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
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.
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.