What if its Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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What if its Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam SilveraWhat If It's Us (What If It's Us, #1) by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
ISBN: 0062795252
Published by HarperTeen on October 9, 2018
Genres: LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 437
Format: eBook
Source: iBooks
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four-half-stars

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?


My Thoughts

This was one of those reads where I saw the cover, zeroed in on the author’s names, read two lines of the blurb and I declared;

“Sounds gay, I’m in.”

Becky and Adam gloriously deliver a contemporary piece that was a seamless blend of each other’s perfect writing styles, creating a holistic story running wild with dreamy romance and heart-stopping heartbreaks. I finished this book wanting more because of the main characters, Author and  Ben, felt like old friends whose story got made into a book. If you want to pick up this read, prepare yourself for some heartwarming humor, cringy teen awkwardness, and a bucket full of inspiration.

A very beautiful story by most accounts about how sometimes fate just swings in your favor, the two boys come together, by fate, while trying to discover who they are and who they want to be in life, and the world we live in, is such a vast thing, and seeing these two cinnamons 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. Prepare yourselves for heavy pop culture references, Harry Potter fandoms, and that oh-sweet word “Cinnamon” (honestly someone should make a t-shirt with that term) that is casually thrown about like joy!

Ben and Arthur (the main characters, duh!) cross paths at a post office, sparks fly and deep connections are formed withing munites, however, the two fail to exchange contact information, they both regret the missed connection. Through mutual efforts and a healthy dose of coincidence, some failed investigative skills, and the good old poster search, the boys find each other again. A rocky series of do-over first dates proves that they are different in many ways

Can I get an amen for representation? The two authors Becky and Adam, developed each of the perspectives of the main characters independently. Arthur (written by Albertalli) is Jewish, gay, and has ADHD while Ben is Puerto Rican, gay, and from a very warm household. Ben’s character was super relatable to me (mostly cause we have the same name) some his struggles resonated heavily with me, not particularly because I have gone through them myself, I have however watched a lot of people around me go through his cycle. Ben has a wonderful support system, and experiencing the dynamic relationship he has with his friends and family is seriously the sweetest thing.

It took me a second and a half to resonate with Arthur, but once I did, his character just became so much to me. He is heavily dependent, has a ridiculous paranoia over his guy best friend (which I totally saw it playing out the way it did) who was slightly displaying hints of homophobia. Away from this, the dynamic rollout of his relationship with his parents was a very interesting read and the revelations and gesture towards the end were just cherries on top.

The two characters contrasted each other nicely. Ben is a brooding, bad-boy type vibe who definitely lives all his life inside his head (like that scene in the arcade! ugh.) He is whinny and literally complains about everything, everything! Dude had a whole chapter dedicated to him complaining. While Arthur in more ways than one is more enthusiastic, open, and magnetic.

Now about that iconic ending. I have a love-hate, over mixed feelings about it. On one hand, before picking up this book, read so many reviews where people were literally tearing each other apart. The ending was strange to me because it is not the typical class of happy ending I expected, BUT, it did make me very happy and sad at the same time. I admit spending an unhealthy amount of hours pounding on it become coming to the revelation that sometimes the happy ending isn’t always perfect, it’s the one that ensures you’re truly happy.


four-half-stars

About Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of Infinity Son, They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and What If It’s Us with Becky Albertalli. All his novels have received multiple starred reviews. He worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, community manager at a content development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He was born and raised in New York. He lives in Los Angeles and is tall for no reason.

About Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera). Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.

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