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Recklessly loyal.

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
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Emily May
Aug 07, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it
Like all stories, the one you're about to read is a love story.
If it wasn't, what would be the point?

4 1/2 stars. And it is a love story, as the opening sentences promise. Just not quite in the way you're probably imagining.

Two years ago, Sales' This Song Will Save Your Life completely ripped my heart out. I've been a little afraid to start Tonight the Streets Are Ours because it seemed that anything it delivered would never be able to compare. Plus, some of the early reviews have had low-to-a
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Aimee
I don't think I've ever been as conflicted about a book as I am with Tonight the Streets Are Ours. Objectively, it's one of the best books I've ever read. On the other hand, subjectively, I just want to flush it down the toilet.

Now you're probably thinking something along the lines of:



Let me explain, fellow booknerds. This book is realistic--but it brings out the negativity of the world we live in. So while I appreciated the idea of the book, I couldn't really enjoy it. So I guess while I'm rati
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Aj the Ravenous Reader


“Sacrificing everything that you care about in order to make another person happy is not love.”

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been flying through these amazing YA novels released this year. Most of them promised a unique story. Most of them were told in a unique perspective by a special character that usually has a special kind of illness, oddity or an extraordinary psychological state. Most of them were written very creatively but looking back at them, they mostly are the same. They’re a
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)


#Song : Sirens Call (yes, French sing in English too^^) (view spoiler) (fake spoiler, please answer my question not really)

Nobody can deny that internet - and others in general, for that matter - influences our lives in a way or another. As soon as judgments aren't shoved down my throat, I'm okay with that, but what happens when the boundaries between what we think and what we
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hayden
Mar 15, 2015 hayden marked it as maybe-reads
". . . about a teen girl living in the suburbs who becomes obsessed with a blogger in New York City, and sets out to track him down in real life . . ."

Seems to hit a little too close to home, after recent events...

The Queen of Hearts
Apr 20, 2014 The Queen of Hearts marked it as to-read
I likez the sound of this.

Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Macmillan Children's Books and NetGalley.)

“Using all your awesome powers of self-reliance, you can find your own way home.”



This story started out quite slow, but it improved towards the end.

Arden really did put herself on the line for her best friend Lindsey in this story, and Lindsey seemed perfectly happy to let that happen. I felt quite sorry for Arden in this respect, because while she shouldn’t h
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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
It's so weird that I read two books with such similar themes back to back. Tonight the Streets Are Ours deals with the same sort of theme of your perception of people vs. the reality of them. I enjoyed it, but it didn't have the same impact as Scarlett Epstein did for me for a couple of reasons.

I didn't connect with Arden on an emotional level at all. She sort of bland, but I could understand her struggle that in order for her to feel her worth she had to feel needed. I get that in some ways. Ot
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Fafa's Book Corner
Feb 22, 2016 Fafa's Book Corner rated it liked it
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Jenny
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it.But let me start by mentioning about the cover of this book,which is absolutely gorgeous! As this book is probably going to be my last read for the year,I wanted it be a love story.And after reading the first sentence of the book,which was "Like all love stories,the one you are about to read is a love story,"I knew that this was the perfect choice.

The book is beautifully written! In this,the main characters doesn't meet in the
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Andie
Oct 19, 2015 Andie rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
"Like all stories, the one you're about to read is a love story."

I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting when I picked this up. I wanted to read this because it was written by the author who wrote This Song Will Save Your Life (if you haven't read that yet what are you waiting for?!) and because it was about a girl trying to track down a blogger. But what I was expected isn't what I got.

Seventeen year old Arden is fiercely loyal.
"Love means sometimes sacrificing the things you want in o
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Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
Feb 04, 2016 Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read and reviewed Leila Sales other book, This Song Will Save Your Life, way back in December of 2013, during my first few months of blogging. That book turned out to be one of my favourite books of the year and is still a book I consider a favourite of mine. When I heard the great news that Leila was finallyreleases another YA book, I might have been ridiculously excited/ridiculously nervous (We all know the feeling!) . I saw the cover, which is stunning and makes me want to own the book just ...more
Jen
Oct 07, 2015 Jen added it
Shelves: sept-2015, bea-2015
I've been a huge fan of Leila Sales since way back, so I'm sad to say that I struggled to connect with the characters in this one. And if I'm lacking that connection, it's hard for me to love the book.

At the very beginning of TTSAO, Arden makes a big personal sacrifice for a friend, an act that ordinarily might make me admire a character (like when Katniss steps up to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games.) But then the book goes back in time and reveals Arden has a history of doing stuff
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Drew (Drew’s Cup of Tea)
“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.”

This book is all about love. What does it mean to love your family, your best friend, or someone you've never met before? Can you still love a person even when you're unhappy with them?

Arden is a self-sacrificing seventeen-year-old. Her mother and grandmother were both extremely kind and generous to the point of it bei
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♡Ann  Matalines♡
Like all the stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.
If it wasn't, what would be the point?





“I used to think that loving somebody meant sacrificing anything for them. I thought it meant writing them a blank cheque. I thought it meant that you would die without each other. But it turns out that death and a broken heart are not he same.

These days, I think that love is not so dramatic as all that. Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the
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TheBlueBookworm at Wordpress.com
I mean I'm slightly creeped out, but I'm even more intrigued.
Jaime Arkin
I desperately wanted to love this book, and maybe that’s where my problem lies. I had expectations that were just too high. I blame This Song Will Save Your Life for that entirely.
Arden Huntley is 17 and known for being ‘recklessly loyal’… at least that’s what her Just Like Me doll says, and I’m sure you’ll say it too after reading this story. Arden is always taking care of everyone else… it makes her feel like she matters and it gives her purpose. It totally helps that her best friend is a bit
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Brie
Jun 16, 2014 Brie marked it as to-read
Sounds very similar in concept to Graffiti Moon.
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
For once a story as beautiful as the cover! I absolutely loved it!
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Confession: I never read This Song Will Save Your Life, so I had no idea what to expect when I read this book. Let me tell you, the hype surrounded Leila Sales is not a lie. She is a fantastic writer and also afantastic story teller.

For starters, this book features a main character who is a person of color. YAY! I adored the diverse set of characters but my favorte part about the characterization was that none of the characters were caste
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Michael Justine
It's been a while since I've given a book the full 5 stars. But you know what? This book deserves all the stars. It's not perfect but it's clearly one of the best contemporary works that you will ever encounter.

I was worried at first because I seriously loved this song will save your life, and I thought this book can't compare with all the emotions I've felt in this song. And while I didn't relate with Arden as much as how I related with Elise's loneliness and sadness because of not fitting in,
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
My expectations for Tonight the Streets Are Ours were mad high after This Song Will Save Your Life had such an impact on me. Honestly, TTSAO was a letdown, but there were still some things I liked about it.

On the good side, Tonight the Streets Are Ours makes a lot of really important points about friendship, love and family. The novel ends up in a really good, healthy place, which is great. There’s a lot of intentional trope-subverting and diversity, as well, which is always a huge plus.

But…I kn
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Jennifer
Jul 03, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala-2015
Okay so at the beginning it says "Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story."

Then at the end it says "You were promised a love story. And this is mine."

But I wouldn't call this a love story at all!!!!!!!! LOL

I really liked it and the different messages but it wasn't a love story to me personally. I also think I liked This Song Will Save Your Life better but it was still a good story. I liked the way Arden learned about love and how you have to sometimes put yourself first a
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Stacee
Aug 15, 2015 Stacee rated it liked it
I loved the premise of this book. So many of us have an online presence, it's easy to get wrapped up in "knowing" someone through only their words.

Arden is an interesting character. I loved how loyal she was to Lindsay and Chris, even when they didn't deserve her. Watching her sort of wake up to realize how her life is going is exciting to read and I couldn't help but root for her as she navigated her night in New York.

There were some really great scenes and some scenes that I wanted to jump i
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Gabby
Why doesn't anybody love me as much as I love them?"
4.5 Stars
Wow, I loved this book so much more than I was expecting to. I don't really understand all the negative review this book is getting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Sure, the characters aren't perfect, but I don't like reading about perfect characters anyway. This is so much more than a love story, as the first line of the book leads you to believe. This is a story about growing up, friendship, family, and love all in one. It's a beau
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS
I admit that I picked this book up just because I enjoyed the author's previous book. I didn't really know what this book was about going into it, which is precisely how I like it. I love to be surprised and I was surprised by this book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, yet I still very much liked this book and it was quite different than othe
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Megan (YABookers)
I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal and she looks after everyone, it makes her feel like she matters. But now she is tired of being taken for granted, and not being appreciated. She feels as though she loves people more than they love her. While searching the internet she stumbles on a blog called ‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ and becomes fascinated by Peter and his life. One day she decides to take a trip to New York to find him.

The cover was
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Leila Sales proves to be a hit and miss for me. I've read 3 of her books so far. First one was Past Perfect(didn't like it), This Song Will Save Your Life(LOVED IT) and this one(scared of it).

I was freaked out by TtSAO. The main character admits of light stalking her crush like it's normal to behave that way. Then she starts following a blogger after his girlfriend dumps him and even goes to NY which is really far from where she lives to meet him.

Aside from feeling paranoid someone was watchin
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Sophie
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publishers via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

To be right to the point, this book was boring. I was seriously disappointed in it all, and an unlikely to read any more of Sales books in the future. Now down to the nitty-gritty.

In Tonight the Streets are Ours, we follow Arden, a seventeen year old from a tiny town on the borders of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. Her life is pretty uninteresting until, suddenly, her mam ups and
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Louisa
Why doesn't anybody love me as much as I love them?

Here's my response: Why can't I love this as much as I loved This Song Will Save Your Life?

Uneven is how I would describe this book. I can appreciate the message behind it, and Leila Sales always manages to subvert the typical YA romance tropes (in rather unexpected ways at that). But while TSWSYL was heart-wrenching from cover to back, I finished this feeling more 'that was sooo unrealistic'.

The main character Arden is the proverbial good gir
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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.


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“I used to think that loving somebody meant sacrificing anything for them. I thought it meant writing them a blank cheque. I thought it meant that you would die without each other. But it turns out that death and a broken heart are not he same.

These days, I think that love is not so dramatic as all that. 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.”
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