What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera is a book that is at the same time profound and adorable, and the main characters are each likeable. I especially enjoyed seeing both the authors’ signature styles come through at times, and their work fits together nicely. I had extremely high hopes for this one, and it is safe to say that I was not disappointed.Title: What If It's Us
Series: What If It's Us #1
Author: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
Also by this author: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1), More Happy Than Not
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
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?
What If It’s Us: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
This book tells the story of fate and two boys who try to find each other again after an encounter in the post office. Arthur is visiting New York for the summer, and Ben is getting over a breakup and mailing back his ex’s things. When a surprise event occurs and the two get separated, they try to search for each other, which proves to be difficult with only a first name. This book is so cute, and I loved the mix of deep talks and jokes. I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a fresh contemporary.
❀ Entertaining Narrations
Both Arthur and Ben are such enjoyable characters. Arthur is so innocent and loves Hamilton, and Ben is sweet even with the amount of hardship he deals with. What I enjoyed was the fact that both of them have their own distinct voices and quirks. There is something that I loved about them both, and each of their narrations were entertaining for me.
❀ Incredible Writing
Both Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are incredible writers, and you can really see their own styles come through in the book. I enjoyed Albertalli’s occasional pop culture references and use of humour and Silvera’s emotional writing. Their voices blend together nicely, which is essential for a collaboration. However, there are also moments when you can clearly identify the signature work of one author, which I think is equally important.
❀ Fate and Second Meetings
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera is a cute story about fate and second meetings. The main characters are both enjoyable and the two writing styles complement each other perfectly. I would definitely recommend this one, and I look forward to a future collaboration from these authors.
21 thoughts on “What If It’s Us: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera”
These are two of my favorite authors, but I haven’t read this book yet for some reason. I’m glad you mostly liked it! I’ll get to it someday.
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I hope that you enjoy it when you do decide to read it. 🙂
I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one – I definitely didn’t love it as much, but there was still plenty to enjoy. I thought the pop culture references were fun too!
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There are definitely some differing opinions out there for this book. 😉
Lovely review! <3 I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this one as much as I did – I really loved both characters as well and thought their two POV complimented each other well 🙂
It really is a wonderful read, isn’t it?! 🙂
I haven’t yet read any of Becky Albertalli, but I’ve read all 3 of Silvera’s novels and fell in love with them all so I’m really excited about What If It’s Us – I’ve been nothing but amazing things about this one!
I have a feeling that you are going to love this book! 🙂
I haven’t read anything by either author, but the book sounds like a cute one. I don’t know if it is a me kind of book, but cute nonetheless
It is definitely on the cute side! 😉
I’ve been a bit hesitant about this book because I wasn’t a huge fan of the last book I read by Becky and I didn’t like the one book I’ve read by Adam but I really wanna give it a shot now. Everyone does seem to love this book. 😀
It does seem to be hit or miss for some. I hope that you do enjoy it if you give it a try. 🙂
As each have their voice I wonder if one author wrote one boy and the other the second one! I always wonder how you write a book with “four hands”. Wonderful review!
It seems like a really daunting task, doesn’t it?!
Great review! I’m so glad enjoyed this book! I haven’t read it yet but I have it on my TBR list. It sounds like a cute read! I can’t wait to read it! 😊
I hope that you love it, too! 🙂
I hope so too! 🙂
I am so glad you liked this one. I haven’t read either author before, but I have books by each of them on my TBR pile–so it’s just a matter of time.
Great review! I’m really looking forward to this myself. 🙂
My daughter and I just picked this one up at B & N the other day. We can’t wait to read it. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed it!
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Not bad at all, sounds like a good one.Great review share.