What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
- Published by: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: October 9th 2018
- Genres: YA LGBT Contemporary
- Format: eBook
- Pages: 437
- Date Read: March 24, 2019
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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 received a copy of this book from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
This was better than I thought it was going to be, I didn’t have too many expectations for this and was actually putting off reading it for some time because I really didn’t expect to enjoy it, but I am glad I read it. This was just a really cute, enjoyable read. I loved the story and the characters, I needed something light to read in between my Fantasy novels. It was a nice break from reading a lot of Fantasy and it helped me out of a reading slump.
“I guess that’s every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”
What If It’s Us follows two characters on a summer in New York forming a very-imperfect and very-cute relationship. Arthur and Ben have one of the most wonderfully awkward meet cute I’ve ever read about. It set a fantastic tone for their relationship and the story, showing the power in the belief of fate, but not taking itself too seriously. I’m not usually a fan of books like this, but there was something about this one that drew me into the story. I personally loved the ending. It felt very satisfying and worthy of the story.
“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.”
Now onto the thing I didn’t like that much: This story was a little too heavy on pop culture references for me. I find that pop culture references can easily oversaturate a story and pull me out, and that definitely happened here. I think they all worked within the story and the character’s lives, but it was too much for my tastes. I did like the pop culture references and felt that it fit within the story, but there was a lot of them and in my opinion it would have been more enjoyable without all the references.
I love the references to Dear Evan Hansen. The sections are completely a reference of that, with the first section named “What If,” the Second section is named “It’s Us,” and the third section named “And Only Us.”
Have you read this book? If so what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with anything mentioned above?