Now that it’s a million hours after this book was published, I’m going to officially publish my review for What If It’s Us! Yay! Sorry, about the procrastination part. But I mean, hey, if you didn’t see my review, there’s been like a zillion What If It’s Us reviews floating around the internet.
But now for my official review….How do I even write reviews? it’s been so long I’ve almost forgotten. *looks through old blog reviews*
Okay, now I remember!
This story was fun! It’s very contemporary and felt like it happened this summer. Which was really cool and I don’t often get that kind of vibe from books. Also, the musical theatre and pop culture references were hilarious. And Obama references. I’m a self-identified nerd, so it just felt very relatable.
Ben and Arthur were full of life and SO UNIQUE! I liked each of their personalities and how they grew over the summer.
Ben is a native New Yorker and constantly reminded me how much I’m not a New Yorker. He’s Puerto Rican and gay, and actually has to think about money. I really like when characters need to think about saving money, because it’s just relatable. Also, he’s in summer school and he’s a writer!
Ben also. has fantastic friends and I loved how his family and friends rounded out the story. They were so fun to read and the dialogue was on point!
And if anyone’s as skeptical as Ben, let me know. I’m not a skeptical person, but Ben’s reluctance to believe in fate and fairytales felt very realistic!
Arthur is from Atlanta and he reads like a southerner lost in a big city. Aka, me every time I visit NYC. I love Arthur’s enthusiasm for everything, from Hamilton to Obama, to first kisses and applying for college. He’s just the sweetest character and I LOVE him.
Arthur also has such interesting family dynamics and I love how this is explored! His parents are very different from Ben’s parents, and I think seeing the two family’s relationships on page was so good. There were some unhealthy moments, but there were also great moments that great the characters.
The tone! I loved, loved, the tone! It was the PERFECT blend of Adam and Becky, and you could see both of their influence on the story.
It also dealt with such realistic relationship issues. Jealousy, and cheating, and just being from two entirely different worlds! I don’t think this is talked about enough in YA lit and What If It’s Us really dealt with how teenagers handle love and heartbreak. It felt so raw and real.
Also, this story highlights how much work relationships really are. You can’t just magically expect chemistry to do everything – it takes effort.
And, can I say, that despite other opinions, you can never have too much Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen in a story.
This story could be described as messy. There are hard moments of racism, and ignorance and even homophobia. These things aren’t portrayed in a good way, but in a realistic way. I liked how conversations have to happen where characters are confronted with their privilege or selfishness or prejudice. *handclap*
I know the epilogue is VERY controversial™️ I even got to hear Becky Albertalli talking about how universally divisive the epilogue is. But honestly? I don’t understand why it’s controversial. It felt real? And this entire book felt real? So I don’t know why people are complaining about the epilogue because I personally thought it was really well done!
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?
Have you read What If It’s Us? Are you more of an Arthur or Ben? Do you believe in fate? Have you ever met someone cute in a post office?
Do you enjoy Adam’s books or Becky’s books more? Do you like when writers co-author books together?