Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera {4.5}


Title: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 9th, 2013
Pages: 448 pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 don’t know if I’m biased or what because I love both authors, but I totally loved this book! This book is completely adorable and emotional, and I can totally see both Adam and Becky’s writing styles in the novel. Arthur and Ben are just adorable, and I can’t help but root for them both. The family and friends are all pretty amazing too, and I’m just thinking, how can their dynamics be so awesome?

Arthur and Ben are opposites in some ways, like how Arthur feels like he’s too much, while Ben feels like he’ll never be enough, but my goodness there cannot be a cuter couple out there than this two! Their relationship is by no means perfect – they even had to do-over their date three freaking times! And I think for me, this is something that made me love the book more. I loved seeing their awkwardness progress to comfortable-ness, and to being more open to each other about everything. I love how they actually try to adjust for each other and be there for each other no matter what goes on between them.

I’m kind of mad about the ending, but I just know that these two are happy no matter what. I really want this story to never end. Arthur and Ben, as well as their friends, are all so real to me, and I want to know how everything plays out until they get old. Honestly, I can’t help but imagine what life would be like for them in the future.

I don’t have more specific things I liked about this book. I really just loved it overall, and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read this beautiful masterpiece! Ugh, my heart!

4.5 absolutely adorkable stars.

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