I’m back again with a blog post that I should have made a long while ago!
I finally managed to pick up What if it’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I am so glad I finally picked this book up, it was exactly the kind of novel I needed.
I received an ARC of What if it’s Us from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
Let’s get into it!
Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5
Pages: 437 Pages
Published: October 9th, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBT
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?
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I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.
So I just finished this novel and I have a lot of thoughts.
This novel was overall a really cute and fun read, but I found myself getting bored halfway through it.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a great novel and a great story and great characters, but there was a lot of information and moments that I didn’t feel like I needed.
Let me slow down and start with my general thoughts.
The writing in this novel was actually really amazing. You could immediately differentiate the writing styles of Adam and Becky and I found it so awesome to see how they used their own voices to create the two characters.
There’s a boy walking toward the entrance, holding a cardboard box, and he literally stops in his tracks when the twins walk by. He looks so confused, I laugh out loud.
And then he catches my eye.
And then he smiles.
And holy shit.
There was also a lot of moments where I couldn’t help but smile because the interactions in this novel were so cute and adorable, you couldn’t help but smile at Ben and Arthur falling in love.
Ben and Arthur were the best characters to read from. I loved seeing their insecurities and feelings whilst meeting each other and beginning this new relationship. It felt very high school (which it should of) and it felt very real and accurate to how feelings are when first falling in love with someone.
The secondary characters in this novel were also a huge delight to see. I found myself loving almost every character I met, which is a major plus for me. This novel touches on a lot of friendships and how friendships are shaped through small moments and the problems even best friends can go through.
Dylan was the best friend that I always wished I would have. He went through his own problems, with his anxiety and heart condition and his endless relationships that don’t seem to lead to anything. Ethan and Jess were the best friends of Arthur and I really enjoyed seeing their interactions through face time.
“I used to wish my last name was Allen,” I say. “Alejo was too hard for people, and teachers would never mispronounce Allen. My second-grade teacher kept calling me ‘Uh-ledge-oh’ until my mom shut it down.”
This novel also covers privilege resulting from the color of your skin. Ben is constantly self-concious of his skin color and background. Ben’s Puerto Rican background is a small subplot throughout the story but a very important one. I think a lot of people don’t realize they’re being racist, despite not meaning to, and it’s a topic that I found very important.
There was a lot of diversity in this novel and I found it to be so seamless into the storyline instead of being the forefront and major plot. We saw two wonderful guys from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds fall in love, and that’s all.
Going back to me being bored halfway through. I really do think you need to be in the mood for a slow contemporary romance when picking this book up. The plot is not always go, go, go, and there isn’t always something exciting happening. This novel is one that you need to put aside time for and really slow down and enjoy.
That being said, overall I enjoyed this novel. It could have done without some moments, but despite that, I thought it was such a wonderful read. The romance made my heart melt and the characters were so incredible.
All in all, if you’re looking for a wonderful romantic story based in the wonderful New York, filled with Hamilton and Evan Hansen and all the New York things, with some awesome characters and fun moments definitely pick this novel up, you won’t regret it.
For all of my Canadian friends, if you didn’t already know, Indigo has a What if it’s Us book box that has some really amazing items in it! It has an exclusive letter from the authors and some really awesome postcards with prints of Arthur and Ben!
If you haven’t picked What if it’s Us up already, I highly recommend that you pick this box up with all of the extra goodies!
Click here to purchase the box!
That concludes my review for What if it’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli!
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