Author: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary
Publication Date: 9th October 2018
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“But maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.” – Becky Albertalli
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?
I received an e-arc of What If It’s Us from Netgalley last year, but bought the finished copy because it was easier to read from a physical book. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I do now, especially since it was in a dual point of view, and I’m usually hesitant with multiple points of views.
“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.” – Adam Silvera
THINGS I LIKED:
- The beginning of the book actually had me intrigued and I loved the meeting that happened between Arthur and Ben. Honestly the first few chapters is amusing as they both attempt to re-find each other.
- The fact that Arthur and Ben went through so many ups and downs, and had many second-chances made the story and their relationship more realistic. Often, you don’t see couples having moments where their relationship/dates is imperfect, so seeing this imperfection written down just makes it more real and more relatable. But their relationship overall is ADORABLE and SWEET and I am more than willing to read more about them.
- I love the entire cast of characters and the friendships they developed over time. I loved how supportive Ethan and Jessie were for Arthur and how Ben got along with them, as well as Samantha and Dylan doing the same for Ben. They all have their flaws which make up who they are and the fact that the flaws are mentioned makes me happy because it shows that they’re not perfect, as there really is no such thing as a perfect person.
- I actually liked the ending, not going to say much on this because I don’t want to spoil it, but the ending is like a reminder that hope is a powerful force and that the things we want to happen, can happen.
- The book is overall very humorous, and I found myself smiling and laughing a lot, especially due to Arthur’s extra-ness in finding Ben again.
- I think because Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera co-wrote this, their writing styles complemented each other. Adam SIlvera’s books tend to leave heartache in his readers, whereas Becky Albertalli’s books are heartwarming. And so, put them together and you get a bittersweet ending with lots of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments.
- This book is relatively diverse as it features gay romance, A Jewish character whom has ADHD (Arthur) and a Puerto Rican character (Ben) though I feel more diversity could have been added.
“But what if the story should quit while it’s ahead?”
“How do you know unless you give the story another chance?” – Adam Silvera
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- As much as I loved this book, I’ve got to say that at the beginning, it was difficult to distinguish Arthur and Ben’s voices. They seemed like one person, and since I don’t read chapter titles because I’m an idiot, I had trouble with who was who and was confused for the most part.
- The book felt more like a journal entry on their summer, as there was really no plot whatsoever, and was more focused on the character’s feelings and emotions. I think I would’ve liked it more it there was a more prominent plot.
Overall, the book was enjoyable and was a quick contemporary read, which I would definitely recommend. However, I do know that a lot of people don’t like the ending, and that more people probably won’t when they read it, so be warned I guess. This book is perfect for a quick-summery read (which is perfect for me since it’s summer in Australia)
Have you read What If It’s Us yet? If so, what did you think about it. Do you agree or disagree on any of my points? If you haven’t read it, are you planning to soon?