If you have read any of Beckys other books and enjoyed reading them you will definitely like this book - it is cute and flirty and a feel good book to read. I smashed this book out as I didn't want to put it down but if I had one negative and this really annoyed me was just the ending I mean maybe there will be a part two but I guess I am kind of used to more of a happy ending with Beckys books and I know writing this may be controversial but I just didn't like the what I thought was an "up in the air" ending....
This co-operative novel by Beck Albertalli and Adam Silvera is a compelling read that really does look at the complexity of relationships and the forces in modern life that tear them apart. It was well written with credible and attractive characters whose motivations are understandable. An enjoyable experience with a credible ending.
I received this book as an ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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.
What If It’s Us is a YA contemporary romance for the ages……...or is it? Set in New York, two queer teen boys meet by chance in a post office and begin dating, but none of it is as easy as the rom coms make it seem.
I’m always intrigued about how co-written books work, and I have to say that while the storyline feels more Albertalli, the writing style feels more like Silvera. It’s got the cuteness and awkwardness of Albertalli romances, with the denser writing style of Silvera. While I did devour this in two sittings, it took more concentration and I didn’t breeze through it in 2.5 hours in the way I do with Albertalli novels.
And given that it’s Albertalli and Silvera, you know the diversity is going to be incredible. The story features a male/male romance between a Jewish teen and a white-passing Latinx teen, with a smattering of other minority groups represented on the sidelines. Shout out to Arthur’s queer femme colleague, and I also really enjoyed the discourse about being a white-passing Latinx person and the microaggressions that accompany this.
While I wanted a little more emotional devastation from the story, I read this on a sick day home from work and ended up bawling on my couch at 11am! For the rest of the day I kept welling up as I recalled that one line that sent me over the edge. YES HELLO I would like to address my cheque for personal therapy to Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.
*Thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*Becky Albertalli, who brought us 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens' is back and has teamed up with Silvera to bring the world another wonderful YA novel. As with a number of other offerings from Albertalli, 'What If It Is Us' focusses on the love lives of star-crossed adolescents. Who just happen to be gay. What I love about these books is how they normalise gay characters, but at the same time, do not shy away from tough topics. For example, in 'What If It's Us', the protagonists, Arthur and Ben are confronted by an angry homophobic man when trying to take the subway home. The book focussed on two teenage boys, Arthur and Ben and their unlikely summer romance. A chance meeting at the post office has unseen consequences and leads to a wonderful story. Here's hoping there is a sequel coming.
The story is told in multiple pov's and that makes it even more enjoyable. The characters are just amazing, written with so much care and detail, I loved everyone of them. A perfect story, not just for teens and the perfect Christmas gift.