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Book Review: ‘What If It’s Us’ by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Title: What If It’s Us

Authors: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Length: 433 pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


I mean, this book is the dream. Two amazing authors, a M/M romance. It sounds like my idea of heaven.

Meet Arthur and Ben.

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show-stopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its own business. If it had his back, he wouldn’t be carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But after a chance meeting at the post office, they boys leave wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for them. What if they can’t find each other again? What if they do… and then can’t nail a first date? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work, and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life isn’t really like a Broadway Musical? But what if it’s us?

‘I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.’

I once again, have been waiting to read this book for a long time. So what better month to read it than Pride Month, were I’ve been reading LGBT+ all month long.

I enjoyed parts of this book a lot. It was such a sweet romance. It was one of those books that sweeps you up in the whirlwind of the characters romance. It gave me all the feels.

I mostly enjoyed both characters perspectives. Arthur and Ben were really likeable, although at points Arthur was a little annoying. They were also a little similar. Sometimes I did have to check which character I was reading. I did however, love the relationship between Ben and his best friend Dylan. Such a positive representation to put out in the world.

As for the plot, there wasn’t much of one. It was all about the romance, which at times was a little too sweet. Just a little. Like I said, I did get swept away in the romance, but sometimes it was so sweet, it was a little unbelievable. Only at times though. This book also had few cliches. The ex-boyfriend, the arguments. It was just a little unimaginable. I mean, hasn’t this all just been done before??

Now let’s talk about that ending. It basically ruined the book for me. If you’re going to spend the whole book making this epic romance, just to do that too it. What’s the point? If that happens, you need more of a plot. The Epilogue just wasn’t needed.

Ugh, I just don’t how I feel about this book. When I started this review, I had it at 4 stars but since writing I’ve put it down to 3 stars. Maybe my expectations were too high? I don’t know if I’d recommend this book. A lot of people have loved it. I’ll leave this one up to you.

Until the next review


7 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘What If It’s Us’ by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera”

  1. Great review Jack! I totes agree that the ending was pretty annoying. I mean, I get it, things don’t always work out, but at the same time it seemed to completely negate everything these characters went through and WHY? I think one of my favorite parts about this book was Arthur’s obsession with Hamilton coz I can so relate 😂


  2. Great Review! I felt the same way about this book. I really like Adam Silvera’s books, but I felt like this one was a bit *too* fluffy. Arthur was a bit annoying at some points, and the whole book just came across as a bit childish to me. I gave it three stars too because it wasn’t bad, it just disappointed me a little bit.


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