ARC Review: What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's Us

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 requested What If It’s Us from Netgalley because I love Adam Silvera’s work, and he has a great way with words. I’ve also liked the books I’ve read by Becky Albertalli. I haven’t read many books co-written by two authors, so I thought this would be an interesting read.

It’s #ownvoices.

Unlike most romance books, this one has an unusual ending – and I loved it. The epilogue was great, and it left me feeling quite satisfied and happy.

I don’t know if each author wrote from the perspective of one of the main characters, or if they co-wrote each chapter. Regardless, the voice and character of the two boys stays true and doesn’t waver.

The beginning immediately drew me into the story. Their meeting was adorable and so quirky and while it made me as a reader squirm when I read about their awkwardness, it definitely made me invest my time in the characters.

There were some gorgeous phrases that made me think about my own life. For example, when one of the characters is worried about how another will perceive their home, and then states that home isn’t about the size but about what’s in it.

I would get so frustrated whenever one of the characters was late, even though I am notoriously late as well, and I have been late to so many dates. However, reading about the waiting from the perspective of the waiter, it did make me see how infuriating it could be.

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera have a great way with words, especially when it comes to writing adorable scenes, that just tug at your heart. When Ben mentions his parents’ first date, I had hearts in my eyes. It was so cute.

Some reviews have mentioned that they weren’t happy with the insta-love. However, sometimes someone may just fall in love immediately. So I liked it.

I enjoyed this book immensely. My only criticism is that I think it could have been a bit longer, as it ended quite suddenly. It’s a lovely story about taking a chance for love even if the only option may be long-distance, because love doesn’t mean less, if the couple isn’t in the same city.

4 stars

Have you read What If It’s Us? Is it on your TBR?

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