Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Leila Sales. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-374-37665-9
As a child, Arden gave away a Disney World trip to Lindsey, a friend whose family was down on its luck, leading an American Girl–esque company to make Arden its Girl of the Year and launch a lookalike doll it described as “recklessly loyal.” Now in high school, Arden is getting tired of writing “blank check[s]” of support to loved ones and not getting the same in return. After Arden discovers a blog written by a 17-year-old romantic named Peter, she quickly grows immersed in Peter’s world, eventually driving to New York City with Lindsey to find him. Peter’s blog entries are intermixed with Arden’s story, making it easy to understand why she is drawn to him; from there, Sales (This Song Will Save Your Life) takes her story on surprising turns as Arden learns what it really means to love someone. Not all of the interactions feel realistic (Arden’s heart-to-heart with Peter’s on-again, off-again love, Bianca, seems unlikely for teens who just met), but it’s easy to get caught up in Arden’s exhilaration as she starts living life on her own terms. Ages 12–up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/06/2015
Release date: 09/15/2015
Genre: Children's
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