Book Review

Book Review- What If It’s Us

Book: What If It’s Us (What If It’s Us #1) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT

First Published: October 9, 2018

All cute and disappointing.

Before I continue this is what this book is about:

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?


The Story

This book was full of “What If’s” from the beginning to the end. Which is good. I mean it’s in the title. And I was full of “Maybe’s” and “Let’s see” while reading this book, but not in a good way.

The first part was good. It was cute and entertaining and that feeling of wanting to know when and how our two protags meet again was really exciting.

Then, they met.

And I was disappointed.

I was ready to feel that giddy, warm, and nervous feeling that you get when you first fall in love or when you see your crush. I want to feel that from them but sadly, I didn’t feel any chemistry.

And it only went downhill from there. I still held some hope that maybe, just maybe, somewhere, before we reach that end, maybe I will finally feel and see that fucking chemistry. But nope.

Then, we reach that conflict. You as a reader would already develop the idea of what the conflict might be since it has been hinted at by the authors. But, oh the cliche of it all was still too painful and annoying to read.

Too annoying in fact, that I even took 30 mins to take a break from reading since I was too annoyed by what is happening. I mean I had no expectations and I still felt disappointed by it. That conflict even made me think that maybe, MAYBE, I am truly too old to be reading a YA novel.

I told you, I was full of Maybes while reading this.

Then that ending. To be honest, I love that ending. That is probably my favorite part of this whole book. I can’t say much because of spoilers. But, yes, I actually genuinely like that ending. It was perfect!

Then, I remembered… there is a sequel.

The Characters

I wrote this review, around 12 hours after I finished reading the book. I don’t want my triggered brain to rant about this book without letting it calm down first.

With that in mind, 12 hours ago, I was so annoyed at both Arthur and Ben that I just want to DNF the book and then write a rant review about it. But now, after calming my mind, drinking some needed caffeine, and revisiting what had happened in the story, I realized, I actually don’t hate them that much.

Arthur is just the usual self-centered, dramatic and annoying teen. While Ben is just this simple, emotionally stupid individual. They have their own charms, I guess, but for me, it was overshadowed by their other not-so-pleasant habits. These two are like walking red flags.

My favorite character in this story is probably Dylan. He is that person that walks that thin line between funny and insufferable. Lucky for me, I found him funny. He is the only reason why I managed to deal with this book after that disappointing part.

I also love both their families. I just like them.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. After all, this book helped me out of my reading slump and I really liked the first part and that ending. But, sadly, it was not enough for me to justify a four-star rating.

If you are looking for something cute, entertaining, and easy to read. And you don’t mind dramatic teenagers. Give this book a try. And if you don’t like that ending, go read that second book! I know I won’t.

I read this book in two days. Faster than usual.

I remember how happy le fiance looked when I told him that I am finally out of my reading slump because of this cute book. Then, last night, when he asked me “How’s the book?”, I remembered how I groaned and then proceeded to rant about this book while we are taking a shower.

Le fiance, thank you for listening to my rants. I owe you a Battle Pass.

There you go!

What about you? What did you think about this book? Am I truly too old for YA?

Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll talk to you again this Tuesday.

Keep safe!

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