Andrew reviewed this book for the Vlog Squad in January 2016.
Arden (ardent?) is seventeen years old and has spent most of her life following her mother's example that happiness comes from being there for other people, and the person she's been there for the most is her best friend Lindsey, who not only can't get out of her own way, but doesn't seem to realize when she's in it. The story opens with Arden taking the blame for Lindsey's marijuana, but Arden has been giving things to Lindsey since they first met, including a coveted trip to Disneyland. Arden is so codependent that even her mother's sudden blow up and departure over not being appreciated doesn't tip her off that she might want to reconsider her choices.
Arden knows she's unhappy, and one night she types her question to the universe into Google's search engine: and gets an answer in the form of the blog "Tonight the Streets Are Ours". She becomes obsessed with it's author Peter and his story, and when her boyfriend Chris disappoints her, she and Lindsey drive from Virginia to New York City to track Peter down- and then the real fun begins as Arden discovers that what people do says a lot more about who they are than the story they tell everyone (and themselves).
Sales made me feel Arden's desperation to be helpful and be loved, and even if the reader could guess the beats to the story before they were revealed, it made sense that Arden (and Lindsey and Peter) wouldn't; they're not clueless, but they are so earnestly attached to their own philosophies about life and happiness that they have blinders on to everything else going on around them. Bianca, the object of Peter's affection and obsession, is the one who seems most in touch with reality, but that understanding comes at a terrible price.
I would recommend this book to fans of realistic young adult fiction.
The book was not even worth my time. I couldn't even finish it.
From the begining of the book, I hated Lindsey.
I didn't even get to the next part of the book based on the begining.
It wasn't good.
It was okay. Arden was an interesting character who I enjoyed reading about, especially how she changed throughout the book. Her loyalty annoyed me initially but I got used to it fairly quickly, although it still bothered me at times. The plot was a bit boring.
I didn't like Peter at all, even before she goes to meet him, and the whole idea of going on a road trip to find someone who doesn't know you (although you could argue Arden knows him through his writing) was a bit stalker-y. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but it wasn't terrible.
“Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.”
And, Tonight the Streets Are Ours IS a love story, but it may not be exactly the love story you expect.
In the first half of the book, we first meet Arden, who’s a dependable daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend. “Recklessly loyal.” But things are changing for Arden, suddenly, she doesn’t want to be dependable. She’s tired of being taken for granted.
And that’s when she first stumbles upon the blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours. Peter is living an exciting life. A life that Arden herself imagines that she would love. Interesting friends, a passion for *something* (in Peter’s case, writing), a soulmate. She feels close to Peter and becomes caught up in his world and his life. Peter expresses himself and lives his life in a way that Arden herself wishes she could. She becomes caught up in his world and his life, and starts to feel close to him, and that he is the only one that understands her and who she really is.
The second part of the book is where things really take off. She finds Peter in the middle of NYC (unrealistically, of course, but it’s ok!) but something isn’t quite right. Because Peter isn’t *exactly* the person she thought he was. But, maybe Arden isn’t quite the girl she thought she was either.
This is great story about how not everything is how it appears to be, and not everyone has it all together as they would appear to have it. It’s about figuring out who you are and what you want to be, and yes, it’s even about love.
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