What If It's Us by Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli
Also by this author: They Both Die at the End, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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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 have read a Silvera book before and I was not all that impressed with it so I was a little scared to start this one. I also really wanted to see Albertalli’s style because I have never read anything by her.
I have to say right from the start I was enjoying this book. We get to meet two guys who are in New York for very different reasons. First there is Arthur who is only there for the summer. Arthur is very open, loud, proud and more emotional. Then there is Ben who lives in New York full time. Ben is quiet, reserved, slower to see things, and a bit in his own mind.
I liked that the authors made this book fun while also exploring all of the downsides to falling in love for the first time. I have never read a book quite like this one as I tend to read older M/M romance novels so this was a real treat. I liked the splashes of real life of both of the guys and I liked how everything was not picture perfect. They had a lot of sweet moments mixed with some fights and misunderstandings.
Overall, I do not want to give much about this book away but I really enjoyed the real life feel to this one. Falling in love is never easy and I give props to the authors for making it difficult and rewarding. I will say I was not the happiest with the ending of the book but I’m starting to think that Silvera always ends his books in such a way. I can not wait to read more of Albertalli’s stand alone books because I think she provides a bit more of the positive to Silvera’s negative or harsher life views.