Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release: September 15, 2015
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.
three reasons to read it
Arden, as this book's blurb states, is recklessly loyal. Willing to sacrifice anything for her friends and family, she lives her life with a "blank check" policy: if you need help, she'll deliver. But throughout the course of the story—as she meets Peter, begins to understand why her mom left, and more—she learns that despite her talent for helping others, she cannot disregard her own happiness in the process. This message of striking a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself is empowering and sure to leave a smile on readers' faces.
Tonight the Streets are Ours starts out by saying "Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story" and it lives up to that promise entirely. However, Arden's tale is not merely a "love story" in the usual sense. While it does include romance, it focuses equally on love between family and friends—and it does so with brilliant authenticity. I won't say any more, but I do highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that realistically portrays one teenager's relationship with the various people in her life.
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