Book Review: What If It’s Us?

What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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? 

“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.

What If It’s Us is a cute love story between two (awkward) teen boys who meet in New York by chance. They start crushing on each other instantly, but they get separated and don’t meet each other after a long time.

Lord. What does one do when two of their favorite authors write a book together?

I was super freaking excited when I’d heard the announcement last year about this book. And let me tell y’all, this book was also important to me because it was the first book I had anticipated in my life. Yes. I’m sobbing right now. I know it’s kinda stupid but it was kinda special.

I love both Becky and Adam. I’ve read three of her books and two of Adam’s books. And to say that I’m a huge fan of both of them is an understatement. I’m crazy about the books they write (I know I haven’t read all of Adam’s books but it will change once my mental health starts getting a little better. His books are sad as you all know). So you all know how stoked I was to read this book.

I love YA fiction. Especially the books that have romance. What If It’s Us promised a good romance. I’d loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda when I’d read it last year (click on the link to read my review of it). It’s my favorite book. And when I’d read History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, I was down in the dumps for days! So, my expectations were so damn high!

And then I’d seen the cover of this book. Super cute. Super beautiful. Adorable.

But it DID NOT live up to the hype. I know a lot of people found this book interesting and cute and fluffy and amazing and called it “the best thing ever written in the history of literature”. But not for me. This book was boring, bland and uninspiring.

I didn’t like a lot of things in the book. It was extremely long even though nothing actually happens in it. Also, it was extremely difficult to tell apart the voices of the two main characters. And weren’t they almost the same? Also, these characters felt kinda like the stupider versions of the characters written by these two authors before.

Also, the main characters don’t meet each other for a long time after their first. And I mean, A LOOOOOOOOOONG TIME. But that’s how the real life works. No wonder real life is frustrating fskshdh. Isn’t that why we read books? I WANTED THEM TO MEET ASAP UGHHHH.

Um, there’s also these stupid little things that could have made the plot better but they didn’t. Like, parents on the verge of divorce, an ex-boyfriend, a friend who has a heart condition and blah blah.

Also, I DID NOT like the ending at all. I had expected a good/ mind-blowing ending for this book but…when I’d read it, I was like, “where the fuck is the rest of it??????????” I need a new book with these two main characters and give them a happy ending you two! Even though they’re stupid, they deserve it. They freaking deserve it!

Um, I think I should’ve talked about the good things first. Like, this book has diverse characters. Ben’s family is from Puerto Rico. He’s poor. And the two main characters are gay (is one of them bi?). Also, this book kinda talks about subjects such as homophobia.

So, that’s all I have to say for this book. I’m glad that I picked it up but I’m sad that I didn’t really get what I’d anticipated. I’d recommend it to people who don’t really care much about the plot and want to read a cute story about two guys falling in love. It isn’t as bad as I’ve made it sound. I guess I find bad in everything these days.

It wasn’t a nightmare. But it wasn’t amazing either.

So, have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Share them in the comments!

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