Tonight the Streets Are Ours: A Novel by Leila SalesTonight the Streets Are Ours: A Novel by Leila Sales

Tonight the Streets Are Ours: A Novel

byLeila Sales

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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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.

Leila Sales is the author of the novels This Song Will Save Your Life, Mostly Good Girls, and Past Perfect. This Song Will Save Your Life garnered two starred reviews, was included on the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults list, was one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, and was list...
Title:Tonight the Streets Are Ours: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.43 × 5.79 × 1.18 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374376654

ISBN - 13:9780374376659


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit disappointing but overall good I’m a huge fan of Leila Sales and when I saw she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it. I really enjoyed Tonight the Streets Are Ours but if I’m honest, I was expecting a bit more. Arden has always described herself as recklessly loyal. Her niceness and longing to help others, even if they can’t help themselves, is deeply ingrained in her. On a particularly rough day when she does a seemingly random Google search, she ends up finding Peter’s blog, Tonight the Streets Are Ours. The blog isn’t really a blog, it’s more like an online journal. He describes his family situation and his life. In particular, he discusses his recent heartbreak. After a particularly sad night of her own, Arden decides to track down Peter and meet him. But when she does, he’s not what he seems and Arden begins to question herself and her choices. The plot to Tonight the Streets Are Ours was a bit slow and Arden only gets to New York (where Peter lives) about halfway through the novel. I expected the majority of the novel to be set when Arden meets Peter but that is not the case. Even though this was the case, I really enjoyed the plot otherwise. The world-building was spectacular and I could really connect to Arden, despite the 3rd person POV. The writing was different from what I expected and I really liked it. The 3rd person POV was a bit distancing at times but by the end, I enjoyed it. I could really connect to Arden and her voice was definitely distinct and unique. The only other thing I was iffy about was the romance/lack of it. I’m still not sure how I feel about that since it worked for the novel, but not for my personal taste. Even though it wasn’t a romance, the novel was about love and the different types of it. So in that way, I guess the first line “Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.” is somewhat accurate. Overall, I enjoyed Tonight the Streets Are Ours even though it wasn’t what I expected. I do recommend it for contemporary lovers and for fans of Leila Sales’ previous works, just to see its uniqueness.
Date published: 2015-10-03

Editorial Reviews

"The prose is crisp and full of subtle, comic detail, and the girls' climactic trip to New York provides an epic resolution. Arden's tale is insightful throughout." -Kirkus Reviews"Peter's blog entries are intermixed with Arden's story, making it easy to understand why she is drawn to him; from there, Sales (This Song Will Save Your Life) takes her story on surprising turns as Arden learns what it really means to love someone" -Publishers Weekly"This book will resonate with any reader who has experienced disappointments in romantic love or with any loved ones." -VOYA"This romantic adventure will grab fans of Rachel Cohen and David Levithan's Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006) and of Sarah Dessen, particularly with Arden's desire to flirt with danger." -Booklist"The author taps into the anxiety, insecurity, and hurt that people experience when they think that they are giving more love than they receive. Teens who enjoy books about the balance of friendship with individual identity formation will find much to think about in this novel." -School Library Journal"Alternating poignancy and humor, and with obvious compassion for her characters, Sales gently imparts subtle wisdom about truth in storytelling, asserting independence, and above all, what it means to love someone (and not just romantically)." -Horn Book