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Book Review: What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera


[DISCLAIMER: Mentions of LGBT+]

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?

At first glance, I knew this book was for me. Two boys meeting at the post office, love at first sight. That’s my kind of genre. Everything was spot on and appealed to me. The front cover, the blurb. I’ve read Becky Albertalli’s ‘Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda’ and it’s a great book, so I was keen to read this book. However, I hadn’t read any of Adam Silvera’s works yet. As soon as I read the first line (I am not a New Yorker, and I want to go home), I was intrigued and captivated, something most books I’ve read don’t have the ability to do, let alone in 10 words. This book was quite unique, it was a different plot and it stood out from many other books. It was original and creative, and I enjoyed how organised, cohesive and chronological the events were. It all made sense, and every sentence tied with the other. Unlike other books I’ve read, this book isn’t clustered with dozens of characters and events. It’s subtle, yet gives the reader a powerful sense of ‘”I want to read more.” Every single aspect I enjoyed in this book. However, I did find the several conversions of the points of views between Arthur and Ben quite confusing, as I would often mistake it for the same person, because of how similar the words were spoken. This book is brilliant, and definitely one of my favourites. I have never read a book that was so emotional, brutally honest, humorous, relatable and amusing book. Not only did it outline issues in LGBT+, but also incorporates several morals, messages and quotes to take away from it. Every character played a significant role in the book, not one character were being left out all of a sudden.

This book is amazing, period. I strongly recommend you this book. Everything about it is sublime, everything you would want a book to be (nice front cover too). This book would be targeted to all teenagers who are interested in drama and romance. This book has multiple characters, so you’re bound to enjoy and relate to at least one, if not all! Overall, this book was highly pleasant to read, and was one of the best books I’ve read this year. I would give this book 10/10 (and no I am not exaggerating).