- Title What If It's Us
- Author Becky Albertalli
- Year 2018
- Genre Young adult
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 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 carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when the boys have a chance meeting at the post office, they leave wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for them. What if - in a city of eight million people - they can't find each other again? What if they do ... and then can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs? 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? What if it's us?
A really sweet young adult rom-com read, featuring two boys that meet in the New York and have a rollercoaster of a summer together. I liked that we dipped back and forth between the two characters - and having each author write the different point of view meant the characters really felt real, approaching life in their own unique way.
I also thought the subplots about how complicated it is navigating friends-to-lovers-to-friends-again relationships can be. Super easy to read and adorable, I definitely want to pick up the sequel to see what’s next for Ben and Arthur.
Rating: 4 / 5