Friday, 2 October 2015

Review - Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Title: Tonight the Streets Are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Pages: 353
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: 24th September 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose: it 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 mum.

Arden stumbles upon a blog called 'Tonight the Streets Are Ours', the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, and it feels like she's finally found a kindred spirit. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night 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 Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley*
2.5/5 stars

Arden Huntley is loyal and selfless and is struggling to cope with her mum leaving.
Arden finds a blog called Tonight the Streets Are Ours by accident and finds herself drawn to the writer, Peter, who recounts his life - how he works in a bookshop, has a girlfriend called Bianca and how his brother is missing.
One day Arden spontaneously decides to go to New York and meet Peter.
Is Peter who he says he is?
Does Arden know who she really is?

After reading and enjoying This Song Will Save Your Life I was excited to read Tonight the Streets Are Ours but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
Arden was a mixed character for me - at times I liked her and that she looked out for Lindsey, her best friend, but she treated Lindsey like a child and thought that she had to take responsibility for her. For someone who claimed to think about other people, Arden didn't think twice about not wearing the dress that her mum had made her especially for prom and whether that would hurt her feelings or not.
Lindsey was an okay character but I didn't like that she let Arden take the blame for her.
The plot was okay but I lost interest.
The pacing was quite slow but I enjoyed the writing style.

Overall this was an okay read.