Rating: 4.25 stars
“If you’re going to have the tortured soul of an artist, then you might as well create some art while you’re at it.”
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 toget 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.
I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to come out ever since I discovered it on Goodreads, so you can’t imagine the look of joy on my face when I picked this off the shelf of the public library. I had high expectations for a book with such an exciting premise, and I was not disappointed.
The plot was reasonably paced. I remember in Sales’ previous novel, the main character’s history is barely introduced yet she is taking large actions already, so it was hard to comprehend the personality and background of the character. In TSAO, the characters are introduced slowly, but also thoroughly. The plot is slow enough to understand each and every character, but not slow enough to be boring.