- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (9 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982555181
- ISBN-13: 978-1982555184
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 14.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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A charming, sweet-natured love story between two very different boys...It's impossible not to root for Arthur and Ben and their many do-overs.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
This joyful romance is both sweet and substantial.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
In the coauthors' capable hands, Arthur and Ben are distinct, empathetic heroes...A comforting exploration of self-discovery and self-creation.-- "Booklist"
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)"
About the Author
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, among others. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children and teens. She also served for seven years as the coleader of a support group for gender-nonconforming children in Washington, DC.
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He was a bookseller before shifting to children's publishing and has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in New York City.
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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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