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 BFF Nicole over at Nikolieohlieoh read this book recently and when she came over last week for an all day Harry Potter marathon (hooray for paid time off from work!) she brought it for me to read.
This book was weird for me because generally out of the two of us, I tend to favor contemporary romances waaayyy more than she does. In this instance however, I think Nicole enjoyed it more than I did.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours is described as a love story (which is totally my bread and butter) but I didn’t really feel like that was the case at all. It focuses more on the friendship between the main character and her best friend, Lindsey. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed reading about their friendship, but when I think I’m going to get a cute love story that’s going to give me the feels, then that’s what I want to get.
This book is broken into two parts and at the end of the first part there is a line (I’m paraphrasing because I don’t feel like going to get the book right now) that says something like “and now things are finally going to start happening” and I felt compelled to take a Snapchat of the line with the text “man I hope so”.
I just felt like not much happened and I was fairly underwhelmed by the ending.
I realize that this review makes it sound like I really disliked the book and that is not true at all. I would just put it in the “Eh, it was okay” category.
If you’re looking for a cute, swoony romance, you won’t get it here. If you like books about other relationships (friendships, parents, siblings, etc) then this might be right up your alley.
Have you read this one? What did you think?
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