January 11, 2016

My Thoughts: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

3 M&M Cookies.

Cover Love:  Yes!  I adore the cover.  But I don't think it fits the tone of the book enough.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
The author and the cover were big reasons.  The synopsis helped.  Here it is from GoodReads:

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.
Romance?: Yes. But not quite what you'd expect from the cover.

My Thoughts:
This was an interesting book because it wasn't a flat out romance.  It was much more about Arden coming to the realization about who she is and who she wants to be.  Her opinion on what love is was really, really annoying to me at the beginning.   It's can't be all about the other person.  Love isn't feeling like you have to give up everything for someone else.

I was so glad that the author made Peter out to be pretty different from his blog.  If I was a teen I would be glad to read that as another reminder that people often have an internet persona and a real life persona.

Arden made a lot of strides towards growing and changing, but I felt that there just wasn't a lot that happened in this book.  You met Arden, she complained about people in her life, she ran off to New York, which was actually a small part of the book, then it was over.  I liked the realizations that Arden came to and hope she continues to make changes, but I just didn't love her.  She was so intense.  It was hard for me to relate to her.

However, I do feel that there are a lot of girls in the tween and teen years who could relate to Arden so well, because feelings during the teen years ARE so intense!  In that respect, this is a great book for its audience.  I will be buying this for my library.

To Sum Up:  I didn't relate to the main character well, but I know many girls who would!  Good stuff for teenagers.

Book checked out from the public library.


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