Publication Date (expected): 9 October 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Australia)
Genre: Young Adult Romance
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?
“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”
What If It’s Us is a book that had a lot of potential to be great and even though I didn’t love it, it had a lot of great moments that I enjoyed reading. I appreciate that two authors tried writing a novel together and actually completed it to make something that wasn’t a total disaster. I am a fan of Becky Albertalli after reading Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat, but am not really into Adam Silvera’s books. I read his novel They Both Die at the End and his short story in Because You Love to Hate Me and didn’t like either of them. But going into this book, I tried not to hold bias against Silvera’s part and to just judge the book for what it was.
The premise of this book is simple yet magical as I adore New York city and romance stories. The first half of the story was great; Arthur and Ben meet and they try to find each other after not knowing anything about who the other is. The lengths that they went to search for the other was really fun to read about and made the story interesting. Once Ben and Arthur met, the story lulled a little because I thought them meeting was the most interesting part of the narrative. When they were together, I felt nothing really interesting was happening between them. They were basically just dating. By halfway through the novel, the story started to become less captivating because the mystery essentially disappeared and I questioned what was really unique about the romance, as it felt like something was missing.
My favourite character was Arthur. I liked the cheeriness he brought to the story. I originally didn’t like Ben very much, but he eventually warmed on me after I slow start. I do think, though, that Arthur had more going on, which just made his character the more exciting. Ben was kind of boring. Arthur has two friends back home and one of them was Ethan, who Arthur had a little bit of tension with in the beginning. This tension did bring something engaging to the plot, and I kind of wish there was more of it because it sometimes felt more interesting than the main plot.
I liked the concept of playing with destiny that was the overall message of the book. The two characters had different ideas about fate, and how the beginning addressed this was really fun and interesting to read. The ending also brought this concept together, but the middle was lacking something and lost the narrative’s sense of playing with fate. Therefore, the middle of the book had little content and was a little boring to read because nothing much was happening. I thought the ending was great and totally made sense, and in a way justified some of the middle of the book that lagged.
Overall, I liked What If It’s Us, but it was missing something.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster (Australia) for the advanced reader copy that I received in exchange for an honest review.
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