Review: Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales 

Reviewer: E 

Oh wow! I really loved this book. Ms. Sales is a favorite author of mine, and This Song Will Save Your Life was great, so I was excited about this book. It did not disappoint. 

The book is about 17-year-old Arden, on the cusp of adulthood, trying to find herself in her life. She has a best friend, Lindsey, and a boyfriend, none of whom are very nice to her. She is constantly having to clean up after Lindsey’s mistakes, and Chris never seems to have time for her. She is really lonely and feels like she has nobody, and she stumbles across a blog called Tonight the Streets are Ours.  In reading it, she sort of falls in love with the writer. The plot was some teen drama and fluff, but with a lot of substance as well. It combines the two elements quite nicely. 

The writing really sings in this book. It was beautiful and great. I finished the book in one sitting. Ms. Sales uses great description and vivid words that make it very fun to read. 

The characters in this book were honestly realistic. Lindsey was 3D and had multiple facets of her personality. It was interesting and upsetting to see Arden’s toxic relationships with Lindsey and Chris unfold. Both of them were manipulative and Arden interacted with them fascinatingly. I must say that Arden and Peter (and a few others) had zero personality. They were both just blobs of mush. 


And let’s talk about the ending! I really expected it to end like some cliche, cheesy romance that we’ve all read too many times. Instead, it had an original take. An “I don’t need no man, I can still be happy” attitude. Which was really cool and awesome, and you don’t see many ya romance books these days with that ending. 

Okay, so this was a very good book. I take a few points off for the some bland characters. 4.75/5 stars! 


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