What If It's Us

What If It's Us

Book - 2018
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Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray ; HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062795250
Branch Call Number: Y FIC Albertalli B
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Silvera, Adam 1990-- Author
Alternative Title: What if it is us


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Feb 07, 2021

Totally cute story. Very well written

Jan 07, 2021

I have just finished the book and I was surprised to be honest. I love how Becky Albertalli put some deep topics in the story as well, which makes the story not only like a typical romance. I love the imperfections of both Arthur and Ben. The ending was so unexpected and I freaking like it! Highly recommended, it is a sweet story. I'm definitely willing to read more from her.

SAPL_Teens Aug 14, 2020

It was such a crazy ride. Like there were times when the main characters, Arthur and Ben did something soooooooo dumb, I just had to stop reading. But all in all it was such a cute heartfelt novel. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

Aug 07, 2020

Aruthur is entranced by the magic of New York City, even though he's just here for the summer to intern at his mother's law firm. That doesn't mean that he's still not a firm believer of all things romantic and dramatic. Ben, on the other hand, is living a less-than-magical life, having just gotten through a breakup and is now sentenced to spending summer school with the other person involved in said break-up. When these two boys have a chance meeting outside of the post office, only to be broken apart again, they believe it could very well be a case of the universe sending them a message. In the end, it's up to them to decide whether or not they could have a chance at becoming something for real, before their time runs out.
This book was a sweet and enjoyable read about the romantic adventures of two boys trying to make the most of their time together. There were many things to enjoy about this book. First of all, it was very friendly in terms of diversity. The two main characters were, after all, Hispanic and Jew respectively, both being members of the LGBTQA+ community. The beginning of the book leading up to them finding each other (after initially being seperated) was very cute to read, and the way the novel handled the issue of losing one's virginity was realistic and non-explicit (keeping in mind the teenage audience). It's tone was lighthearted and playful throughout.
However, at some points I found myself counting down the pages until it was over. For the first half of the book, I couldn't distinguish between Ben and Arthur, for they had no individual voice. The pop-culture references, while relatable for the first part, quickly became overwhelming with the sheer amount of times they were used. Finally, there seemed to hardly be any chemistry between the main characters, and other than their on-again off-again romance spurred by petty arguments, there was no other engaging plot. The efforts of the authors are clearly shown, but there have been better books.

Jun 08, 2020

As an adult I enjoyed this and would recommend to young readers to understand relationships!

CCPL_Teens May 07, 2020

A cute, quirky romance with realistic struggles and solutions that doesn't disappoint. Not only does it show their relationship struggles, it also shows the struggles of friendship as each of the boys' friends get involved in their summer. With a diverse cast of characters, the comedy and pop culture references bring charm to this already interesting love story.

Jan 06, 2020

So, I've read this book multiple times now, so it's safe to say that Ioved it. The audiobook voice actors are pitch-perfect for the characters, and when I've read the physical book, I still hear their voices in my head. Arthur and Ben aren't perfect, but I root for them every time. I agree that the ending is a bit upsetting, but that's what fanfiction is for. I wrote my own ending, you can too.

Sep 16, 2019

I get why people feel just so-so about this book, but I absolutely loved it. I am absolutely in love with Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, so honestly, I'm bound to love anything they write, but having something co-written by them that so clearly captures both of their voices is just perfect.
Does that mean that the book is perfect? No, not necessarily, but I think it's perfect for me.
I've heard the criticism that the balancing of the authors' voices takes away the best part of each of them, but I think it's the blend of their writing styles that makes this book so laugh-out-loud funny, relatably awkward, and reading-through-your-tears sad.
It's truly such a bittersweet book, and I fell in love with both of the leads, and I think this book is just perfect for a movie, so I'm so excited for the adaptation.
Lastly, the voice actors for the audio book do such an amazing job, so I highly recommend going that route if you're able; it is one of the best audio books I've heard.
Overall, highly recommend if you like these authors or you're craving a rom-com with lots of ups and downs.
PS please give me an entire book of the paralegal girls, thanks.

terryginz Jul 16, 2019

I want to say this in the very beginning that I am underwhelmed. While I have never read anything from Becky Albertalli, I still had high expectations from this because Adam Silvera has co-written this but I am disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's still somewhat enjoyable and has some really cute and funny moments but that's it. It has no base, just one month in the lives of two guys is what makes this book.

I didn't connect with any of the main characters and out of the other characters, I liked Dylan and Samantha's characters and also Namrata and Juliet. This obviously had a lot of diversity which was a really good thing but not much else that I liked. The main characters' parents were also good but they were rarely there except to just roll the story along I guess.

I really really wanted to like this and had expected a great deal but nothing of the sort happened and honestly it pains me to write this review and give 2 stars to Adam Silvera's book but it is what it is.

Jul 10, 2019

This book really touched my heart I loved it because of how real it was. Like most people I thought the ending was really sad and wrong for a while but now see how it shouldn't have to be a happy ending. I t took me a very long time to hold it together and read the epilogue. I loved all the characters, they were all very likable it really touched me how much I could relate to them. I plan to read more of the two authors books and I hope this book helps other the way it helped me.

-Althea Forstner

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My heart is running wild, which wasn't the case when we first met. It should've been love at first sight like all the great stories, but I wasn't ready yet. And that's okay. We still got somewhere great. The worst story would've been never finding each other again, or never meeting in the first place.


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