Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales


Tonight the Streets Are OursTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Publication Date: September 15, 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC 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:

Part One was a bit slow, but there’s no way you’d understand Part Two without having read Part One–so I hope you’ll choose to be patient.

Part Two went so fast I didn’t notice I was at the last page already. Seriously, my sister was right! Part Two went a little too quickly.

The bulk of quotes were in Part One–you don’t want to miss them.

Arden and I are similar in a lot of ways, and I identify with Peter, too. He’s a writer, and a blogger. The quotes about writing are <3!

This book had a Paper Towns-vibe, with Arden and Lindsey on a road trip searching for Peter. It *kinda* ended in a similar way as well.

The chapter titles are ❤ as well!

One of the ideas that I really love is falling in love with a version of someone instead of his real self. (Be curious…read this book to find out more!)

Tonight the Streets Are Ours tells us that life won’t always go as we want it to go. We can try and try to make it perfect, but it will never be perfect all of the time. What we can do is hold on to the seemingly perfect moments we have and live in the present.

Feels Review

[In my feels review, I mentioned a movie that came to mind when Peter and Arden went to Gramercy Park– and that movie is That Awkward Moment.]


Quote love! ❤

Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.

If it wasn’t, what would be the point?

Brilliant. What more can I say?

There were people who threw around the word love but only acted on it when it was convenient for them.

Yeah. This is what we call a #HUGOT line. (Filipino bookish friends can relate!)

Arden had just never imagined that when she threw Lindsey a life jacket, she would be drowning herself.

This is so painful and martyr-ish. But then again, I believe we’re all martyrs deep inside–it just takes a very important person to let the martyr in us out.

Why doesn’t anybody love Arden as much as she loves them?

Expectations. Kill.

This is a chapter title, btw. See, I told you the chapter titles are <3!

I hate that this is how life has to be. The progressive loss of everyone who matters to you.

-Peter

Relate much. One of the constant things in life is loss.

Because this, Peter’s story–this was why you needed to love people while you could, while they were right there in front of you. Because if you waited, it might be too late.

THIS. You know what they say, stop waiting for the right moment. Make the moment perfect.

She wasn’t doing some statistical analysis…she was guided by hope.

THIS!!! H-O-P-E.

Hope is a cruel, cruel thing but you only get miracles when you have hope.

The best way to become a writer is to surround yourself with words.

-Peter

Well said! I agree with this. 🙂

If you want something to be amazing, if you really want it, do you think you can somehow make it become that way? Like you somehow imbue it with amazingness, even if it doesn’t have anything special inherent to it?

-Peter

I like this. This is an interesting thought. Like you can somehow, control the universe for a moment.

I think my purpose is to be a writer: to craft beautiful sentences that change the way that change the way people view the world, to create something meaningful outside of myself.

-Peter

Beautiful quote about writing. ❤

A letter. Could there be a more one-sided form of communication? A letter was saying, I’m going to state my thoughts, and you can’t argue with them because I’m not even there to hear you. All you can do is listen to me.

I never thought of this before, but man, it’s true.

Love means sometimes sacrificing the things you want in order to make someone else happy. It means being there for someone, even when maybe you don’t feel like it, because they need you.

-Arden

T-H-I-S! ❤

You were promised a love story. And this is mine.

LAST LINE FTW! A love story about finding yourself while getting lost in pursuit of another. ‘Love you, Arden.

Favorite quote:

Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best i them–so that together you are always the best possible versions of yourselves.

-Arden

This made me smile. And I really believe in this.


Initial Rating: 3.75/5

Bonuses: 1

Demerits: 0.125


Final Rating: 4.63/5

Be true, at least to yourself.

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