Title: What If It’s Us
Authors: Backy Albertalli, Adam Silvera
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
Release Date: October 9th, 2018
Goodreads Summary: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
Hey everybody, today I am going to be reviewing What If It’s Us, a book which I have waited for for so long. I absolutely love all of Becky Albertalli books, except for Leah on the Offbeat, that was kind of a miss for me, and I’ve never read anything by Adam Silvera, but after this book I really want to.
This book made me find my love for reading again. I know that this is super dramatic to say but before I picked this book up I was having such bad luck with books, with Six of Crows, a book I thought would be interesting but ultimately really bored me, and Vampire Academy 4, a series that I had loved up until that point but just bored me way too much. And I felt so detached from when I read good books that I thought I had lost my luck, plus I went into this book with 0 expectations after having heard some pretty bad things, but wow I loved this book.
I love how from the summary, you can already tell that it’s going to be a fastpaced, sort of insta-lovey romance. I think that it’s always helpful to know factors like that before going into the story.
At the beginning, I was having a little bit of trouble keeping them separate. Like looking back, it’s so obvious who’s who, but for some reason I just having so much trouble. The thing that stumped me the most was that Arthur and Ben both had one female and one male friend, that completely threw me off the track. But other than that problem, they are such different characters, I’m actually pretty confused how I was able to mix the two up, but alas.
The relationship in this book felt really real, they had problems but most importantly they communicated and I feel like that is such an underrated thing in books, it’s so annoying. Books need to start portraying healthier relationships.
This book is set in New York in the summer, and I absolutely loved that and after reading this book I really wanted to just jump into a plane and go to New York. More books should be set in New York. I love New York.
Plus, I love how this book was so down with the teenage lingo. I mean sometimes there was dialogue that I would have actually said, (for example: “She took out the trash and then I became trash for her”), and that’s something that’s missing a lot from books, if you’re really going to have teenage characters, you need to youthen the lingo.
The ending of this book really bothered me, because it completely contradicted how the characters handled things before the epilogue. I’m trying to be vague and this is the best that I have to offer, but that ending irked me so much.
I do recommend this book, 100%, I thought it was a great fluffy read and if you enjoy Becky’s other books, you will certainly love this too. You just need to know going into it beforehand that the romance is super fastpaced and slightly insta-lovey. I hope you enjoyed my review, bye! 🙂
P.S. I am well aware that this is not my finest work, I had my wisdom teeth taken out and I’m still on medication, this is not a cute look for me. I just had to get something up and I really think that this is the worst review that I’ve ever written, but it’s not going to get better any time soon, so I’m very sorry about that.😬 😬