- Hardcover: 435 pages
- Publisher: Harperteen (9 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062795252
- ISBN-13: 978-0062795250
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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★"A charming, sweet-natured love story between two very different boys."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★"Albertalli and Silvera balance cynicism and starry-eyed optimism to paint an honest, compelling picture of adolescent romance. Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors' styles will appeal to fans old and new alike."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"A love story that makes romance cool again. This is how a good romantic comedy should always feel."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Two of queer YA fiction's best writers team up for an infectiously sweet story of young love set against New York's bustling backdrop. Without a doubt, this is the gay rom-com you've been waiting for."--Entertainment Weekly, "Must List"
"A happy and often laugh-out-loud-funny rom-com."--The Horn Book
A Teen Indie Next List Pick--Indiebound
A Best YA Book of the Year--Paste Magazine
A Best Teen Book of the Year--New York Public Library
A Best YA Book of the Year--Bustle
From the Back Cover
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.
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 show?
But what if it is?
Best friends Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, and heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.
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‘What if it’s us’ is everything I expected it to be. Well written characters, a meet cute oozing innocence, awkwardness and angst. I may have rated it higher, but in comparison to ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda’ this didn’t hit me as hard... or have as much comedy. So it just missed out on a perfect score. But that is not to say that is any less of a captivating read.
Four hundred pages and still ‘What if it’s us’ flew by. I was always eager to see where the next chapter would take me. The alternating perspectives between Arthur and Ben lead off on two different storylines that happened to intertwine more and more as the novel progressed without rehashing information as we head-jumped into each narrative. I will say that the writing style did not differ too greatly between each perspective – if it weren’t for chapter titles and references I would have difficulty discerning whose voice was whose. I’d love to have seen some idiosyncrasies, habits, common word usage and tone separate the two perspectives a little more.
Arthur, the shorter college-bound nerd discovering his first love made me smile with his uncertainty in everything but love. His values in family and friendship. I think this is the first story where there is no bitchiness or bullying, so a surprisingly fun rom-com.
It felt like Ben had the biggest journey in this contemporary; discovering things about himself through introspection, friends, and of course, Arthur. He felt more like the stoic introvert that finally comes out of his shell.
It’s all about coming of age...
All of the secondary characters had their own stuff going on too: getting together, breaking up, fighting, and supporting each other. I really loved this aspect of ‘What if it’s us’ and really fleshed out the narrative.
It ends on the same note of the title as a question – like a true contemporary. One of hope that left me satisfied and hopeful myself.
The pacing is fairly steady. It’s not a fast read, but definitely does not feel like its dragging. The perfect timing for this type of genre.
Definitely recommend for lovers of stories of diversity, light romances, and New York City.
This story, which was authored by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera seamlessly intermingles the writing of both authors into one book which is insanely hard to put down.
It was actually a struggle to stop reading this book for things like sleep, work and university. As soon as I could, I would continue reading this.
The characters are quite believable, and have unique traits which enable the book to have emotional highs and lows. I found myself actually laughing and almost shedding a tear or two in some parts.
I really hope this book has a sequel, as I want to learn more about Arthur and Ben’s lives and how they navigate their relationship.
Arthur James Seuss: a 5’6” Jewish kid with ADHD and the rage of a tornado. Ben Hugo Alejo: a freckle faced Catholic Puerto Rican. The book centres around both of these boys but you manage to love the secondary characters just as much as the main ones.
"Dylan: On the sad scale, how are you feeling today? Opening-montage-of-Up sad? Or Nemo’s-om-dying-sad?
Ben: …last-five-minutes-of-Toy-Story-3 sad."
There are also many references in the book too. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lyft, Avenue Q, Titanic, The Fault in Our Stars and a few more.
Dylan acts how most best friends would (and how mine definitely does) – asking about how their friend’s date went. “Who is he? Name. Address. Social security number. Twitter and Instagram handles.”
I loved this book and there were so many themes that should be shared around so that the entire human race finally
hears them and hopefully finally absorbs them!
1. Not everything is love at first sight
2. You can still be friends after you break up
3. Not being ready for sex is okay
4. Asking about things to do with sex is okay
5. LGBT+ should be able to come out when they’re ready and not be pressured into it
6. Everyone doubts themselves about something
7. Take people as they are! Not everyone from a certain race etc can speak the language or follows the religion etc.
8. Not kissing someone before you’re ready to is okay
9. Some people are able to jump into love and others have to take their time
10. Sometimes you just need time to love yourself before you can love someone else
I also love that Juliet is biromantic ace.
Plus I think the treasure hunt was probably my favourite part of the book. I’m a sucker for cute things like that.
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