About The Book:
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.
Book Link: Amazon
Price: Rs 399
About the Author:
Leila Sales was born in 1984 and grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology in 2006. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly glamorous world of children's book publishing. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write.
I picked up Tonight the Streets Are Ours after I spent a lot of time in the YA section of Amazon. It was the blurb that intrigued me because I am heavily into blogging and I know several people who are too! It seemed like a story that would have a lot of relevance in my life.
I read the book in less than 48 hours and while I loved the way the story has been told, I felt a little bit disappointed.
I could relate to the titular character of Arden and friendship she shares with her best friend, Lindsey. Because I used to be an Arden once upon a time. Someone who'd write 'blank cheques' to people she truly cared about.
I love stories that stay true to reality, that doesn't romanticize the ending. But I guess I was disappointed to know that the blogger and the reader meet and never connect.... *sigh*
I don't want to give away the story because, well, you might want to read it after all. I would tell you to read it if you want to take a little break from the drama of real life.
The story, I felt, had the potential to be so much more. But in the end, I am glad I bought the book. And I'd go buy it again if I went back in time.
So the verdict is: read it but don't yell at me if you don't like it.