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tonight the streets are ours review

tonight the streets are ours by leila sales

overall rating: 3.25 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

characters: 3

character development: 3

plot: 3

writing: 4

genre: YA, contemporary


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.

my thoughts:

i liked the concept of tonight the streets of ours, and i enjoyed reading posts from peter’s blog. however, i feel like there are several issues with this book.

the characters of tonight the streets are ours are very “meh”. none of them really sticks out to me, and they aren’t very memorable. some of the side characters are diverse, but they’re barely mentioned. i liked the family aspect, but i wish it had been a bigger part of the story.

the plot is quite average. it doesn’t really pull me in, but it doesn’t drag either. the timeline switches around a bit, but it isn’t hard to keep track of. the writing style is probably my favorite part of this book. i enjoyed sales’s writing, and i’m looking forward to reading some of her other books in the future. if you have recommendations, i’d love to hear them!

overall, tonight the streets are ours has an interesting premise, but it isn’t executed as well as it could have been.

goodreads || book depository

have you read this? what did you think?


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