I have seen this book make its way around booktube for a little while now and it caught my attention. Firstly, that US hardback cover hooked me. It was mainly the colours, but also the way those two boys are looking at each other. Secondly, gay romance 😍 Thirdly, I always wanted to try books by both Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, so why not read a book co-written by both? Perfect!
This is my second most anticipated read of autumn 2018 and I was very happy to get the “request approved” email from NetGalley 🤗
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley & Simon and Schuster UK in return for an honest review. Thank you!
What If It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Synopsis by NetGalley
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show-stopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its own business. If it had his back, he wouldn’t be posting a box of his ex-boyfriend’s belongings.
But after a chance meeting at the post office, the boys leave wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for
Both main characters
I just had a really stressful week which ended on a bad note, and I came home to this book. It was totally what I needed and I loved every single piece of it. I completely forgot time on Friday evening and ended up reading until 1am which is a very rare occurrence for me. I loved this book! ❤️
This book made me very happy and fluffy 😊
The story is dual perspective between Arthur and Ben, and follow their summer in New York trying to find each other, figure each other out, and figure out what the universe is planning for them.
There are sociologically interesting elements touched on in this books too. The is a homophobia scene, a racial moment, a clash of religion moment, and the meeting of two economically different families. All of these scenes and moments were very well done.
Arthur is staying in New York for the summer working as an intern for his mom’s law firm. He is a musical buff and a person who loves life and feels the universe is on his side. I really liked Arthur as the little naive, inexperienced, cute boy in the big city type.
Ben is the New Yorker in summer school. I slightly prefer Ben to Arthur, not sure why but he was probably more my type of guy. He is Porto Rican and from the more middle-class area of New York. Ben is the more experience, Sims playing, and fantasy writing type character. I can totally relate to two out of three there 😉
Arthur’s friends and Ben’s friends are also there. They all give you a better understanding of who the main characters are. Arthur’s friends from home set the scene of who the trio is at home and what Arthur would be like back in Georgia. Same with Ben regarding Dylan and their bromance, which I loved. Dylan is very funny and I absolutely loved him as a character. I even loved how he became around Samantha. Come to think of it, Dylan might be one of the reasons Ben was my favourite character, I would love to have a friend like Dylan.
Oh, Holy Hell Yes!! The entire book is centred around a m/m romance and it’s the cutest 😍
Loved it. On occasion, I found it difficult to differentiate between the two narratives and I got confused to who was talking/narrating sometimes, especially in dialogues between Ben and Arthur.
Apart from that, I loved how the texts are displayed and the overall writing was very easy to read.
Considered this book is co-authored, I couldn’t tell whilst reading. I don’t really know either of these authors books or writing styles, so I wouldn’t know them anyway.
I will totally live on this cuteness for a while.
I’ve already pre-ordered a copy for myself 😁😁
Hey! Netflix! You looking for something else to adapt? Look no further!! I demand you to adapt this!
Have you read this? What did you think?