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

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Book review of What If It's Us by Beck Albertalli and Adam Silvera. -  Kindle version shown on a phone.

I went into What If It's Us* without really knowing what it was about. Not reading the blurb and just jumping right in has become quite a habit for me with Young Adult books but so far it’s mostly working out for me! All I knew was that the authors were good and had written well known 5-star books before. However, at the time I’d only read Becky Albertalli’s book Love, Simon (Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda) before and none of Adam Silvera's books so I wasn't completely sold on the fact I'd love it.

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?

Honestly, I began this book feeling a little awkward. It seemed a bit cliché and over the top in some sense with the boys meeting and then basically falling in love at first sight. Then add on the fact that Dylan seemed very over the top and touchy-feely for a straight guy (sorry if that’s a bit offensive and ‘square peg round hole’ type thinking but it’s what went through my head). It was a little must too soon into the book and I wasn't prepared for it. From that, I didn’t think I was going to like this book, but I continued and thankfully I did because it was excellent!

I both liked and disliked the idea of Arthur and Ben redoing their first date, so they'd do a second first date and a third first date. While it was a cute idea, let's face it they were on second and third dates. That added to the fact that they only had a summer, everything felt rushed. Like I mentioned before the love at first sight thing was a bit cheesy, and them meeting each other's parents after what was basically two weeks. If it was real life and not a cheesy YA rom-com it would feel weird and rushed.

Clichés and real life aside, I did enjoy it. I can’t really remember the last time I spent half a novel with a big cheesy smile on my face because of all the cuteness and relatable dorkiness. This was that and that’s why I ranked it as 5 stars, my first 5 stars for a few months now.  It’s been a while since I read some of Rainbow Rowell’s but even so, this book definitely gave me Rainbow Rowell vibes.

Are you looking forward to reading this? I totally recommend you do!

*This is a review copy provided by Simon & Schuster (Australia) and was released yesterday 9th October. While a review copy all opinions on this book are my own.

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