Recklessly loyal. That's how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Taking care of 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 to get 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.
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" 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.