Title: What If It’s Us
Authors: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silver
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone
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?
I was so looking forward to this book. I liked both of the authors’ previous works and couldn’t wait to see how their collaboration would turn out. It felt like the whole YA book community was talking about this book when it was announced, it’s that popular.
When I saw it in the bookstore, I immediately picked it up. In fact, I chose it over a Murakami book because I knew these authors and I thought I’d like the book.
HA. Let’s get to my thoughts now that I’ve finished the book.
My thoughts in a list, because lists are awesome:
- I’M SO DISAPPOINTED, Y’ALL. I’m not kidding.
- I expected so much from this book. Becky Albertalli plus Adam Silvera, two really good YA authors, collaborated on this. Of course I expected it to be really cute and make me love it.
- While the book was cute in some areas, I was mostly bored with the book.
- I liked the beginning of the book. Arthur and Ben’s meeting was super cute and I started shipping them immediately. I liked the book when they looked for each other, anxious whether their feelings would be returned.
- When they finally met again was when my problem began.
- About two paragraphs into their first date, I stopped shipping them. They did not feel like the same boys who had a connection.
- After that my disappointment continued growing.
- The biggest problem was that there was ZERO chemistry between Arthur and Ben. There was nothing. When they met again, I immediately felt the lack of it.
- The reason I started disliking the book was because the two main characters were not right for each other.
- The characters had too many individual issues, and they weren’t in the place in their lives to date, especially each other.
- Ben had just broken up with his ex Hudson, and he hadn’t moved on yet.
- Ben pursued a relationship with Arthur even though he wasn’t ready for a new relationship and THAT ANNOYED ME. That wasn’t right. Ben thought about Hudson a lot during that first date with Arthur.
- Ben was also really sensitive about a few topics and became offended/upset easily. I didn’t like that.
- Let’s just say that at that point, I was ready to dislike the book completely.
- Arthur had his own issues but his were understandable.
- I felt that Arthur was a pushover. He tried really hard to have a good time with Ben and put way more effort into their relationship.
- I didn’t like the fact that he kept being optimistic about him and Ben, and that he gave Ben too many chances. Arthur never argued or fought. He kept giving.
- Arthur was also insecure, but I completely understood that.
- So basically, I didn’t like the main characters.
- I didn’t like any of the supporting characters as well. I didn’t relate or connect with any of them.
Some miscellaneous points:
- There were way too many Harry Potter and Hamilton references. I like fandom references in a book but that doesn’t mean that a huge part of the book is just references.
- I know Harry Potter so I could at least understand references to that, but I was completely lost about Hamilton. It wasn’t a good move to connect many important parts of the book to references. I didn’t understand completely, and hence, I didn’t connect to the book.
In conclusion, I didn’t like most of the book. There were very few cute parts in between which made me smile, but I was bored for most of it. I took a long time to finish the book, I even considered giving up on it a couple times.
I don’t recommend the book, honestly. You may like it but I say skip it. I had wondered before how the book would turn out considering that the two authors have completely different styles (Adam Silvera—characters with layers and sad endings, Becky Albertalli—adorable characters and happy endings), and I’m sad to say that the result isn’t great.
Have you read this book? If yes, what did you think of it? If you haven’t, is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments!