What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Publication: October 9th, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
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?
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I was so pleasantly surprised with this book because it feels so unlike what Silvera would do. I expected to be drowned in tears but here I am beguiled by such a cute, hopeful, and positive love story. We have sweet, hopeless romantic Arthur who wants the romances as you see on Broadway, or movies, or TV. He wants the big gestures, the big first kiss and first time. Insert Ben. Ben is kind of done with how much pressure and thought gets put into a relationship because the universe sucks and will break his heart anyway. That’s why he is on his way to drop off a box of his ex’s stuff. Insert epic meet up…THE…post office. I mean it’s a meeting of epic proportions including twins in matching rompers and a flash mob. Not for them of course but, come on the universe must be telling them something. But as all great epic love stories go. They lose each other. But fear not. If the universe started this then they will finish it. Fast forward and they are able to meet each other again and again. Life is good except a lot is not. But hey this is New York anything can happen. This story was so cute and I loved it so much. This was a great team up.
I don’t know which one I am most like. I can be a bit of a hopeless romantic but I also don’t think the universe has any input in my life whatsoever. Ben is a sweet, soft-hearted, and new to the dating scene. Arthur is a funny, kind, and a bit heartbroken. The characters are #ownvoices I assume because Ben is Jewish and Arthur is Puerto Rican. Arthur struggles a lot with feeling Puerto Rican enough and feeling smart enough because of being in summer school. Ben seems to have his life together but he worries a lot of his parent’s constant arguing. The side characters were really good my favorites were Dylan, Juliet & Namrata. Everyone was so funny and felt very real. I just love how different all the parents were, friends were, and just everything. It was well rounded and so fun.
I really enjoyed this duo together. First of all, the writing and dialogue were funny as hell. I laughed so much that I really felt like I was watching a freaking comedy. The serious moments felt like real moments that would actually happen in everyday life. It was heartfelt and the sad moments really made my heartbreak. I didn’t cry as I expected but that is because the book was honestly so hopeful and joyful. The romance was just as expected. It was cute, sweet, adorable, touching, romantic, and of course, had its issues. I loved it so much and I honestly want more.
Pa was happy to do so, but he broke it down for me that being Puerto Rican didn’t come down to my skin or knowing Spanish, but my blood and family.
“Being with you already is perfect.” He snorts. “I mean, except for the parts where you tragically underestimate my claw-machine skills and get hit on by Ansel Elgort’s doppelgänger and have fifty-six pictures with your ex and—” He kisses me. Just like that. His hands are on my cheeks, and he’s kissing me.
“God, Arthur.” He kisses me. “Te quiero. Estoy enamorado. You don’t even know.” And I don’t speak a word of Spanish, but when I look at his face, I get it.
“So you’re just a regular mess,” I say finally. “Not a pending-divorce mess?” “Regular hot mess. Standard-issue,” says Dad.
“I’m just saying,” Dylan says. “This is huge. Three couples in one room. This feels like the Fellowship of the Wedding Rings.”
This apartment isn’t home for either of us, but we’re home to each other, and that’s what makes every wall fall away so I only focus on him.