What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
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 absolutely loved this novel; I’m surprised that it took me so long to read it, but I am so glad that I did. This was exactly what I needed at the right time in my life. I recently went though a mutual break-up in August and this book just hit me right in my gut.
My main criticism for this novel is the over abundance of pop culture references, it got tiring very quickly. I don’t mind a bit here and there to keep it fun and interesting for readers, but this felt over done. I’m a huge Potterhead (hence why I’m now volunteering with Mugglenet.com) but this was just too much for me. I also really enjoyed Hamilton, but those constant references tired me out. I found myself either rolling my eyes at these points or just skimming over them towards the end. I think that there is a fine line between just right and overdoing it, this novel over did it.
This is was mostly character driven novel with minimal plot, which I’m okay with as the characters were well written. The characters weren’t perfect, and I think that’s what made this so good. Albertalli and Silvera did a good job of portraying the characters as teenagers, slightly whiny and self-centered is what almost every teenager is like right? They each had their little quirks and were written like actual teenagers. I find some authors tend to either write their teenage characters as adults or underwrite them as children. Ben and Arthur had awkward moments in their relationship and had ‘infinite do-overs’ which I thought was really cute. Maybe they didn’t have the chemistry that they initially wanted given their first meeting and believing in fate, but that’s real life. You can build up a relationship and what you want out of it, or what you think the person will be like when they are not like that at all. You can try to mold them into the person you want them to be, but that’s not how relationships work; you can’t force a person to be in a relationship, and you can’t force a person to love you. I think I just related to their relationship a lot given my recent experience.
The biggest take-away from this novel for me is that it’s fine if a relationship doesn’t work out, you can still remain cordial and friends. My relationship of almost 9 years didn’t work out, yet we remain friends. I text him and send him pictures of what I’m reading and specific passages that I think he would like… I also encourage his book-buying habit. I think this is why I responded so positively to this novel, because I could relate on some level to Ben and Arthur.
Overall, this book was exactly what I needed. It was the perfect book read at the right time. There’s also going to be a sequel which I can’t wait to read! What If It’s Us brought me out of a reading slump as well which I’m grateful for! This is the first novel that I’ve read by these two authors, so it would be nice to see how their writing differs with their own novels. I did enjoy both of their writing styles, so I’ll be checking out their other books as well!
Let me know if you’ve read this one in the comments. See you on the next post!
Cups of Tea: ☕☕☕☕☕
Published: October 9, 2018