Tonight the Streets Are Ours
by Leila Sales
Expected Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Length: 342 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Obtained Via: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my final opinion of the work.
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When I finished Tonight the Streets Are Ours, I was left with a strange sense of dissatisfaction. See, I loved what this book was about, but the story itself was. . . well, kinda boring. And it pains me to say that, because I loved This Song Will Save Your Life so much that I sometimes have trouble talking about it. A lot of the writing strengths I loved in This Song Will Save Your Life are still here(Sales is so great at writing about relationships and how we relate to ourselves as well as how we relate to others and how people portray themselves purposefully, or don’t), but that story-telling that kept me hook just isn’t around.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours is Arden’s story, who’s struggling with pretty much ALL of her relationships. Her boyfriend doesn’t care as much as she does. Her best friend lets her take the fall without seeming to reciprocate. Her mother has left, and her dad’s workaholic tendency means that Arden is left to shoulder most of the burden with taking care of her little brother. One day after being upset, Arden types in “why doesn’t anyone love me as much as I love them?” into Google, which leads her to a blog called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, and Arden quickly becomes obsessed. She starts with the backlog and learns about Peter, the blogger, and his life–including his distant family, the disappearance of his older brother, and the girl he’s infatuated with.
My main issue with Tonight the Streets Are Ours is that most of the time, not much was happening. The trip that culminates with Arden tracking down Peter(which, creepy), doesn’t happen until towards the end of the book. I did really enjoy that part, since so much of it was about Arden confronting her ideal version of what life should be and recognizing that how people portray themselves isn’t always what’s going on beneath the surface, but the lead-up to that was. . . well, kinda boring. Most of the first half is spent watching Arden mope around. She goes to a party and mopes. She takes her brother to a basketball game and mopes. She hangs out with her boyfriend and mopes. The character growth was really great, but at the same time. . . the first 40% was just such a chore. If I hadn’t already loved a book by Sales, I would have put this book down.
Really don’t have much to say about Tonight the Streets Are Ours, as the story itself felt a bit bland most of the time but I really enjoyed the themes. I’d say this one is really more a 2.5 stars, but it’s one I would round up, not down. 3/5 cupcakes.