NON SPOILER: Tonight The Streets Are Ours By Leila Sales 5/5 Stars
TITLE: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS
AUTHOR: LEILA SALES
PUBLISHING DETAILS: September 24th 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)
PAGES: 344 STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
NOTES: Leila Sales is an American Author. She is has written many adult novels as well as her other YA novel This Song Will Save Your Life.
‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ follows Arden who is always been labelled as recklessly loyal. She is always there to support her loved ones in times of need but doesn’t seem to be getting any appreciation or love back. One night when Arden’s limits are crossed she and her best friend Lindsey go on a wild road trip to New York in search of a blogger Peter who’s blog Tonight The Streets Are Ours really captures Arden and her feelings, but when she meets Peter things aren’t quite as they seemed online.
Leila Sales writes this novel in third person perspective. It switched from present to past tense between chapters allowing you to get and a deeper understanding of the characters and the plot. This style was definitely different but really fun and enjoyable. The epilogue is written in first person perspective from Arden herself, as she talks about her future a while after the events in the book. The writing was really fun quirky and easy to follow yet deep and meaningful.
Character development plays a huge role in this novel. We really get to see Arden realise that the world isn’t perfect and not everybody is as loving as herself. She not only recognises this but allows herself to let loose a little on taking responsibility of people lives she is able to learn the true meaning of happiness.
I think this novel is mainly a coming of age novel as Arden explores the real world and also realises where her priorities really lie in life.
Also I think friendship in embedded nicely with the novel. I really did love Lindsey and Arden’s unbreakable friendship.
Romance doesn’t essentially play a huge part within the novel although the book starts with: “Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story. If it wasn’t, what would be the point?” I think love is explored but not necessarily romantic love but love for the people around you and the world in general.
Tonight The Streets Are Ours is a lovely heart-warming read. I absolutely didn’t expect the ending to end how it did but looking back I think it was perfect. It really shows how people you may consider as insignificant can have a huge impact on your life. I would really recommend this book to anyone looking a nice sweet story about general teenage life.
- “But that’s the thing: when you swear to take someone’s side no matter what, sometimes you have to go to war for them.”
- “Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them – so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves.”
- “Hurting people, really, deeply hurting them – that isn’t something you do on purpose. It’s just a by-product of living.”
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