21.5.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales

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Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb


Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads


From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven't met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom. 

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called "Tonight the Streets Are Ours," the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC 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.


the blurb:  shredded 


From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven't met yet.  (You could have just given me this one line and I'd be sold.  Such a great, succinct hook that tells you the tone and sets up a little mystery.)  

Seventeen-year-old (Do teens under 17 even exist anymore?  Not if you check the young adult catalogues...) Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. (Good description.  Unique.)  Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.  (I'm a little wary.  I'm nervous that this is goint to be another "My friends and family don't understand me but this strange boy I just met does and now I'm going to spend all my time with him" story.)  

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called "Tonight the Streets Are Ours," the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.  (There are a couple of words that come to mind here.  "Borderline" is one.  "Reckless" is another.  I'm intrigued, but cautiously so.)  

During one crazy night out in NYC 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. (Okay, you got me back.  perhaps there's some realism here.)  And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either.  (This finishes up strongly, despite the iffy middle.)  


the verdict 
3.5/5 stars

would i read it?:  probably 

The first line is a great hook, succinct and interesting.  It immediately grabbed me attention.  The succinctness continues through the blurb.  You get a clear sense of what the book's about, what the tone is, and who the main players are without all the fun parts being spoiled.  It's really some of the content here, not the writing, that gives me pause.  I'm a little irked when girls in young adult fiction abandon their friends and family for complete strangers, who are somehow way cooler and nicer and more understanding than the people who have known them for ages.  Particularly guys they're stalking from afar.  I mean, wouldn't you be creeped out if some girl came across the country to see you?  A girl you didn't know at all?  I'm curious to see how this plays out, but a little concerned for potentially shaky plotting.  Hopefully, I can grab this one at BEA and see which way it goes.   


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
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