What If It's Us

What If It's Us

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...

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Title:What If It's Us
Author:Becky Albertalli
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Edition Language:English

What If It's Us Reviews

  • Em

    never in literature history have the gays won so hard until this collab

  • Melanie

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    My dear friend,

    , dubbed this a “queer, modern day,

    , set in New York” and she was so damn correct. Friends, I loved this book. It was seamlessly and so very beautifully written. The characters felt so real, that I’m still convinced that they have to be real people, walking the streets of New York while you read this review. And the romance? Lord, this was the sweetest, but most realistic, romance I’ve read in years. Please make sure you all preorder this book before the October 2nd release date.

    - White, gay, 16 (but a 17th birthday does happen), and just visiting New York for the summer, because he was able to land a very good intern position.

    - Puerto Rican, gay, 17, and trying to mend his broken heart, because he and his ex just broke up, and now he is forced to see him every single day in summer school.

    And these two boys met by chance, in a post office one July day, and it changes their lives. Yet, the constant question of this book is if that meeting, given to them by the universe or some higher-power, was meant to bring them together or to keep them apart.

    I very much related to Ben, who is constantly self-conscious about his white-passing looks. That is, until he and his privilege get completely checked. This was such a minor side story in this book, but it meant the freakin’ world to me. Both, him feeling not as much in touch with his culture when he is away from his family, and when he realizes that a lot of privilege comes from being white-passing.

    Also, this book wonderfully touches upon how Arthur has ADHD, and how he lives a better life because of Adderall (which I know isn’t for everyone, but it still made me really happy to see). He and his family are also Jewish, and that is always as at the forefront of this story, too. And it is beautifully mingled with Ben’s very catholic family.

    This is just such a beautiful story about these two boys coming together, by fate, while trying to discover who they are and who they want to be. Life, and the world we live in, is such a vast thing, and seeing these teenage boys try to understand it with each other, knowing they only have a summer together, is something so awe-inspiring that I don’t even have words for it.

    Other important juxtapositions are in this book, too. Like, Ben’s family isn’t the most wealthy, but they get by, where Arthur’s parents are able to spend the entire summer in New York. Arthur also has plans of going to a very good school, where Ben is just trying to stay afloat in high school. But Ben’s parents are very much in love and happy, where Arthur’s parents just have a different way of showing each other love. Seriously, this book has so much good in its’ four-hundred pages!

    Plus, this book displays some beautiful friendships, too. Ben’s best friend, Dylan, was so amazing in this book. Like, I feel like I keep saying the world “realistic” but it’s honestly the perfect fit. And Dylan lives with extreme anxiety and a heart condition. I also was living for Arthur's best friends, Jess and Ethan, and all their facetime calls. I ended up loving this entire friend group! And, of course, I ended up completely head over heels for both Ben and Arthur.

    And this book also just feels authentically “teen” I guess I’m trying to say? I mean, I’m not a teenager, so I guess I’ll say that this book feels authentically “twenties” or something along those lines. But from the

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    ,

    (which I haven’t seen, listened, or read, but I probably should because of the title of this book), and so many other references, this just feels authentically 2018.

    Overall, I loved this book entirely. I bet it makes my “best of 2018” list, come December 31st. Also, I can’t believe this book was written by two different authors, because it was seriously seamless perfection. This was one of the best and most realistic romances I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. And even though I didn’t entirely love the epilogue at first, now I actually think it’s one of the best epilogues I’ve ever read. The perfect amount of not enough, and enough. I mean, that’s the beauty of this book being magically and expertly crafted. Seriously, friends, please read this masterpiece; it’s so very heartwarming and I think this is the happiest I’ve been while reading a book all of 2018.

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    for one homophobic scene that is very quickly done and completely challenged (Chapter 20) and a very serious panic attack.

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  • Sabrina The Trash Queen

    I still can’t believe I got an ARC for this! 😱🤩.

    Is so good!

    Funny, interesting, cute, realistic (too much in my mind, but oh well, life) and with friendships/families/relationship goal.

    The writing, I’m in love with it. Is so beautiful and the story? YESSS.

    This book really shows that sometimes everything happens for a reason and maybe not in the circumstances or way that we expected, but still it happens and it might not end the way we want but afterwards, we find out it was for th

    I still can’t believe I got an ARC for this! 😱🤩.

    ❤️

    Is so good!

    Funny, interesting, cute, realistic (too much in my mind, but oh well, life) and with friendships/families/relationship goal.

    The writing, I’m in love with it. Is so beautiful and the story? YESSS.

    This book really shows that sometimes everything happens for a reason and maybe not in the circumstances or way that we expected, but still it happens and it might not end the way we want but afterwards, we find out it was for the best and you would want it to change.

    =>Arthur, I love him. His personality is so great and how he doesn’t full around and just goes with it is really refreshing and I highlight every chapter of his POV, it was just so, so awesome.

    =>Ben, I love him too, he’s such a great character and the development that he has in the course of this book was just amazing and I really like how his vision about the universe change and why.

    =>Dylan, IS THE BEST BEST FRIEND EVER. Every time he appeared I was so happy. He’s a rain of sunshine. His support and love for Ben are just so heartwarming. I love him.

    =>The parents were so supportive, loving, respectful and just GOALS, and I adore them.

    Okay, I love everyone in this book. Is just that good. And I really didn’t expect anything less.

    I had very high expectations and all of them were achieved.

    This was a light-warming read, that I will definitely reread at some point this year.

    This is definitely in the “Best reads of 2018” and I could be happier.

    I would love it if there were a possibility of a sequel in the future.

    And a book with Dylan POV or short story, really anything, I’ll take it. Thanks, *lol.

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  • C.G. Drews

    It's waaay too early for a review (I'M SORRY BUT I COULDN'T NOT READ IT THO) so I'm just going to smush some really small thoughts together and then come back and review it properly in October!

    It's waaay too early for a review (I'M SORRY BUT I COULDN'T NOT READ IT THO) so I'm just going to smush some really small thoughts together and then come back and review it properly in October!

  • Warda

    Okay, no. I’m not accepting that ending. Just nope.

    Otherwise, Becky and Adam pretty much created magic with this book.

    The word (or has it become a term now?) ‘cinnamon rolls’ gets thrown around quite often for your cutesy kinda characters and while granted, a lot of them exist, I think Ben and Arthur take the damn cake. They were a match made in New York.

    This was just everything a romance novel shoul

    Okay, no. I’m not accepting that ending. Just nope.

    Otherwise, Becky and Adam pretty much created magic with this book.

    The word (or has it become a term now?) ‘cinnamon rolls’ gets thrown around quite often for your cutesy kinda characters and while granted, a lot of them exist, I think Ben and Arthur take the damn cake. They were a match made in New York.

    This was just everything a romance novel should be and Becky and Adam captured the initial stages of crushing on someone so well, the online stalking (jeezus, I related to that!), the first few dates, the awkwardness because you’re not sure where this is going to go but then it beautifully settling into this rhythm you knew was there but hadn’t reached yet.

    Ben and Arthur made my heart swell with happiness. AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I AM NOT ACCEPTING THAT ENDING, OKAY? I don’t care for fuckin realism, GIVE ME MY DAMN CHEESE GODDAMNIT! I needed (flawed) perfection throughout, because these two deserve the ultimate best. They became so real. I wanted to squish-hug them! Still do.

    Aside from those two cinnamon rolls, we have their families who were just beautifully accepting of their sexuality and supportive of their lives. Plenty of cheesy parental jokes thrown around. Just overall great parents! Their friends who were incredible, especially Dylan. I can’t WAIT for you guys to read the shit my guy comes out with. I adored him and his bromance with Ben was the best thing to read!

    Themes that were touched upon included money problems, homophobia, and race.

    There’s fandoms, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, plentyyyy of Harry Potter references (Samantha has said it: Richard Harris was THE Dumbledore!), and the most important aspect of all, sweet ol’ gay romance.

    This was just a beautiful story! I couldn’t stop smiling half the time and I hope Becky and Adam collaborate again!

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  • Emma Giordano

    I really loved this book! I have been waiting for this book since the moment it was announced and it truly did not disappoint!

    CW: cheating, homophobia, racism, panic attacks

    I of course enjoyed the writing style of this novel. Adam and Becky were able to perfectly co-author this contemporary, making Arthur and Ben’s individual personalities present, whether they were writing their respective character’s chapters or writing the other’s in their own scenes. I feel their two styles blended together

    I really loved this book! I have been waiting for this book since the moment it was announced and it truly did not disappoint!

    CW: cheating, homophobia, racism, panic attacks

    I of course enjoyed the writing style of this novel. Adam and Becky were able to perfectly co-author this contemporary, making Arthur and Ben’s individual personalities present, whether they were writing their respective character’s chapters or writing the other’s in their own scenes. I feel their two styles blended together perfectly, creating a cohesive story full of fluffy romance and detrimental heart break *insert evil laugh here*. It is heartwarming, humorous, awkward, and inspiring. I virtually had to force myself to put it down when necessary and could not wait to pick it up again. If you are a lover of Adam and/or Becky’s work, you won’t want to miss their debut project together.

    I really loved the romance between Arthur and Ben. Not only does it feature a gay romance, but Arthur is Jewish and has ADHD while Ben is also Puerto Rican. I truly loved the set up of their story – not only the charm having a “missed connection” to find each other later, but also the hilarity of their terrible, terrible dates! It’s a fantastic twist on a typical meet-cute. In that respect, they have a very unique love story that I feel is absolutely worth reading. I also loved the fact that I was able to get annoyed/angry with both main characters so frequently. I LOVE characters who’s reactions make me mad while also enabling me to see their viewpoint and fully understand their reactions. Arthur and Ben are both complex, layered characters. They are easy to love, yet remain flawed; exactly as I feel realistic characters should be, and their love story is the same.

    My one main critique of the story is it felt a bit predictable. There were only two significant events throughout the entire story that I had not anticipated beforehand – One being the ending which on the plus side, was EXTREMELY surprising and closed out the story in the most satisfying way possible. (A lot of y’all probably won’t like it but if you can set aside a personal opinion for the sake of a fantastic literary ending, I think you’d really appreciate the value of it.) I just wish it had pushed the boundaries of what is to be expected of a typical young adult contemporary romance a little more. I can’t say much of my other critique without spoilers, but I would have liked one of the more intense moments of the story to be more impactful. I attended Epic Reads Day with Adam and Becky where on their panel, they discussed a scene they disagreed over regarding a character’s response to a certain plot point and how that dictated the storyline. I have a strong feeling this is the moment I was underwhelmed by and while I completely understand their reasoning for the decision based on that conversation and how it played out in text, I was left wishing for more.

    Overall, I really loved my time reading

    . If you are someone who is excited for this story, I don’t feel you will be disappointed. I would definitely recommend to all my lovers of diverse contemporary romance!

  • shady boots | #WatchPOSE

    Massive thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for sending me this ARC.

    Can I just express how ecstatic I am at the state YA is headed this year? I've jokingly said that "20gayteen is in full swing and I am here for it" a lot, but in all seriousness, how amazing is it that YA is finally, FINALLY becoming more and more diverse with not only POC representation, but LGBTQ+ storylines being at the forefront. That's a big deal, people. It seems like only a few years ago YA was still, f

    Massive thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for sending me this ARC.

    Can I just express how ecstatic I am at the state YA is headed this year? I've jokingly said that "20gayteen is in full swing and I am here for it" a lot, but in all seriousness, how amazing is it that YA is finally, FINALLY becoming more and more diverse with not only POC representation, but LGBTQ+ storylines being at the forefront. That's a big deal, people. It seems like only a few years ago YA was still, for the most part, over-saturated with heteronormativity, so I'm glad that times are changing. Books like this one are part of the reason why I started getting back into reading this year.

    I think I speak for most of us when I say that this is a book that has been long-awaited; a gay YA novel told in that charming, traditional rom-com feel, set in New York City to boot. I was just so swept up in it immediately because it is an insanely adorable story.

    Arthur and Ben are such lovable characters in their own right, and their voices never blended due to how distinct they were from each other. Most of that is because of how different Becky Albertalli's and Adam Silvera's respective writing styles are. Albertalli's is more on the energetic and humorous side; I had so many laugh out loud moments in this book during Arthur's perspective. Silvera's writing is noticeably more laidback and understated by comparison. Both of their writing styles complimented each of the characters extremely well, gave them strong personalities unique from each other.

    The romance moved a little bit fast, I have to admit. I wouldn't say it was insta-love, no. Insta-love generally means romances that don't form naturally, they're just shoved in our faces from the get-go even though the characters clearly have a very contrived and forced connection. Arthur and Ben's romance was quite believable, I would say, so it didn't feel like insta-love to me. I would've liked if there was more time for them to truly connect, but I guess the fast pace was due to Arthur only staying in New York for the summer, so it's not like there's no reason for it.

    I have mixed feelings about the ending, though. Without spoiling any specific things, I appreciated the realism of it, but then I can't deny that I wanted extra cheese. This entire book was cheesy, but in a good way, and I wanted that to last up until the ending cause I like cheese once in a while, especially if's gay cheese. But still, I totally understood what the authors were going for with its open-endedness.

    This was simply a joy to read, though, honestly. Just such a fun summer romance set in the big city, very clearly inspired by classic rom-coms. I hope someday it gets adapted to the big screen as a mainstream Hollywood release, that would just be the homosexual cherry on top of this beautiful rainbow cake.

    Side note: Arthur in this book is a musical theater nerd and pure Hamiltrash, and like Ben, I'd never seen or heard the

    soundtrack before. I guess I held back because I was bitter I would never get to actually see it live, but since this book has

    written all over it, with a dash of

    , I think I'll finally cave and join bandwagon!

  • Kai

    Adam and Becky co-writing a book? I can smell the gay from miles away. And I can’t wait!

  • Adam Silvera

    sounds gay, can't wait

  • ✨    jamieson   ✨

    THE COVER IS SOO CUTEEE OH MY GOD IM SCREAMING ITS SO SOFT I LOVE IT

    actual footage of becky and adam writing this

    BECKY ALBERTALLI AND ADAM SILVERA

    MY

    DREAMS

    CAME

    TRUE

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