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What If It's Us

(What If It's Us #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  60,037 ratings  ·  10,561 reviews
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
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Janice The character's names were specifically chosen to have the same initials as the authors. Arthur Suess (Adam's initials, written by Becky) and Ben Alej…moreThe character's names were specifically chosen to have the same initials as the authors. Arthur Suess (Adam's initials, written by Becky) and Ben Alejo (Becky's initials, written by Adam). (less)

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Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, owned
“Maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.”

So. This was the most anticipated book of 20gayteen. And I have to say that I expected a little more from this fabulous collaboration.

In fact, I do have a lot of criticism. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this boo
chai ♡
never in literature history have the gays won so hard until this collab
Adam Silvera
Oct 04, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
sounds gay, can't wait
Christine Riccio
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS SO MUCH <3 I shall be talking about it more in my upcoming Stories I Ate video, but UGH SO CUTE SO HAPPY MAKING SO WONDERFUL!!! ...more
Emma Giordano
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! I have been waiting for this book since the moment it was announced and it truly did not disappoint!

CW: cheating, homophobia, racism, panic attacks

I of course enjoyed the writing style of this novel. Adam and Becky were able to perfectly co-author this contemporary, making Arthur and Ben’s individual personalities present, whether they were writing their respective character’s chapters or writing the other’s in their own scenes. I feel their two styles blended together
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
When Becky and Adam announced that they were teaming up to write a story, I was so excited. At the time, I’d only read one book each of theirs. While I found Becky’s writing lacking, I enjoyed her characters and loved what I’d read of Adam’s work, so it was easy to buy into the hype. As its release date grew nearer, I attempted to read two other works by Becky (both failures) and read another book of Adam’s (a massive disappointment), but I still held out hope that their teamwork would be exactl ...more
✨    jamieson   ✨
you: Avengers: Infinity War is the crossover event of the year
me: an intellectual and contemporary YA fan: knows the real crossover event of the year Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli dropping What If It’s Us

“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

ARC provided by HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.

“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.”

My dear friend, Jules, dubbed this a “queer, modern day, Sleepless in Seattle, set in New York” and she was so damn correct. Friends, I lo
Elle (TheBookishActress)
“I guess that’s every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

One of the unexpected sweetest books I’ve read all year about failing at perfection, but finding something close anyway.

What If It's Us follows two characters on a summer in New York forming a very-imperfect and very-cute relationship.

✔Ben - Written by Adam Silvera. Puerto Rican and gay. Way too relatable. Thinks about prices more due to being from a low-income family. Just went through a br
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I have such mixed feelings on this it's not even funny. I liked it, but I also didn't? The writing was good, but I found that in the beginning it was hard to tell the characters apart, and then when I could it was because one was extremely annoying which I get was probably kind of the point. I felt like the relationship came out of nowhere (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Hollywood will make a movie about you two. And a Netflix spin-off about your gay children.”

Okay, no. I’m not accepting that ending. Just nope.
Otherwise, Becky and Adam pretty much created magic with this book.

The word (or has it become a term now?) ‘cinnamon rolls’ gets thrown around quite often for your cutesy kinda characters and while granted, a lot of them exist, I think Ben and Arthur take the damn cake. They were a match made in New York.

This was just everything a romance novel sho
this book was an interesting reading experience for me because its co-written by one author i absolutely adore (silvera) and one that i strongly dislike (albertalli). and i honestly thought my love would outweigh my hate - but in reality, it just left me split right down the middle.

this was a cute enough story, if youre into that over-the-top meet cute, insta-love kind of thing. its light and fluffy and basically everything you would expect from these two authors. but honestly, there was no sub
C.G. Drews
2nd Read | Oct 2018

Honestly this book is so adorable and makes me laugh so much and then makes me directly attempt to throw myself into the void. Which is a skill. I acknowledge this skill. I admit that firstly (1) I said "ooh I'll review this later!" and forgot everything about it of ever, so I needed to reread, and (2) I still have thoroughly dissatisfied feelings about the ending.

It's like, I'm just going to find some fanfic that fixes the epilogue?? good idea I should say so.

So first of: ack
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Yikes, okay, here we go.

This book had so much potential!! And even though I only gave it 2 stars, I still think it has some quality stuff, like
- lots of diversity
- sex positive and CONSENT!!
- DYLAN (omg Dylan was the real MVP of this book let's be real)
- aaaaand to be honest that's about it

Here's what I had issues with:
- For the first 200 pages, i literally couldn't tell Ben and Arthur apart. Their voices sounded exactly the same to me
- This book is SO slow and apart from the romance, has hardly
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still can’t believe I got an ARC for this! 😱🤩.

Funny, interesting, cute, realistic (too much in my mind, but oh well, life) and with friendships/families/relationship goal.

The writing, I’m in love with it. Is so beautiful and the story? YESSS.

This book really shows that sometimes everything happens for a reason and maybe not in the circumstances or way that we expected, but still it happens and it might not end the way we want but afterwards, we find out it was for the best and you would want
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”This apartment isn’t home for either of us, but we’re home to each other, and that’s what makes every wall fall away so I only focus on him.”

When I heard that Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera were writing a love child book together I instantly knew that I needed this in my life. XD Okay, it might have taken me a little while to get to it and I guess I kinda missed the hype train, but maybe this was good because I could focus on my own opinion instead of reading the opinion of others on my feed
Lately, when I read something I end up hating, I wonder if the problem is me and not the book. However, the problem was definitely the book this time.

All these four and five star ratings people are throwing at it? I don't understand. Did we read the same book?

I would talk about a plot, but there really wasn't a strong one.

I'd talk about the characters, but none of them were interesting enough to discuss.

And I'd talk about the chemistry, but the only chemistry in this book was the test that Ben
may ➹
why did you all make me think I was going to cry at this ending???? all this book did was intensify my own gay panic! at the disco
Cristina Monica
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
I like reading romances and being like, "OMG, I want a beautiful love story like this one. Please universe, make it happen for me." But, er, I don't think I want what Ben & Arthur have. Honestly, I can barely call what they have a love story. Very disappointed gal here. ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
3.5 STARS rounded to 4

Review to come once the group reading has concluded.

So excited to announce that this is our #ScaredSuspenseBookClub pick for the month of November! If you would like to join in our discussions on Instagram, dates will be November 12th and 19th.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Despite some very solid, and most importantly, age-appropriate, narrating from Noah Galvin and Froy Gutierrez, What If It's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli fell way short of expectations.

I can sort of see why people like this love story (and yes, love story NOT ROMANCE), but I had issues.

There is no plot. None. It is sort of a meandering, wandering story through the basically boring lives of two teenage boys. Lots of boring, boring stuff filling the page-time. Sure, there were amusing m
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
“i guess that’s any relationship. you start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

this was probably my most anticipated book of the last year and all the more nervous i was because i had such high hopes and expectations. adam silvera and becky albertelli are two of my favorite authors and i loved all of their books (leah on the offbeat doesn’t exist). so, understandably, i wanted this to be great.

i loved that both of their writing styles mixed so well with one another and made this co-wr
☆ Todd
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I guess that’s every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

I LOVED-LOVED-LOVED this story so damn hard!

And I absolutely HATED-HATED-HATED how it ended!!!

The entire story was compelling and full of humor, which immediately hooked me and left me dying to find out what was going to happen next.


The book ended with no HEA, not even an HFN.

Only a "what if", where *IF* they end up living in the same city at the same time *MAYBE* they *MIGHT* pick up where they left
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
What If It's Us ★ Most Anticipated 2018
Expected publication: October 2nd 2018



I am so certain this book is going to save 2018.
I am so happy, I can't even think straight...

(see what I did just then? see it?)
taste. the. rainbow. bitch

shady boots
--4.5 stars--

Massive thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for sending me this ARC.

Can I just express how ecstatic I am at the state YA is headed this year? I've jokingly said that "20gayteen is in full swing and I am here for it" a lot, but in all seriousness, how amazing is it that YA is finally, FINALLY becoming more and more diverse with not only POC representation, but LGBTQ+ storylines being at the forefront. That's a big deal, people. It seems like only a few years ago YA was still, f
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and other reviews can be found @ Thebookprescription

Actual Rating: 4.25 stars

I don’t know if we’re a love story or a story about love. But I know whatever we are that it’s great because we kept jumping the hoops in the first place.

🌟 This book is marshmallow and unicorns, this book is so cute! This is legitimately my favorite LGBT book till this point. I read 2 books by Adam and 1 book by Becky and enjoyed all of them but I had notes here and there, this was like the ultimate collab,
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
Are they aware this is going to break GR when it comes out
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I was smiling so hard that my cheeks hurt. And crying too. This could have been my favorite book of the year if I had gotten a walk into the sunset, but this ending had its own charm. Knowing anything can happen is more thrilling than a regular 'And then they lived happily ever after', right?
And if there's anything Ben and Arthur are brilliant at, it's perfecting do-overs. So, fingers crossed!

I loved every single character to pieces but none more so than Arthur. Oh King Arturo!
The very instant
Kayla Dawn
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I have to admit, this was pretty cute.

(A little too long though ; and way to many Harry Potter references)
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
I don’t know if we’re in a love story or a story about love.

Review also posted on Reads Rainbow

Galley provided by publisher

Rep: Puerto Rican mc, gay mcs, female bi side character

I did think that perhaps this was just one of those where I've grown out of the authors, but I actually reread Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda earlier this year and still liked it just as much as the first time round, so it can't just be that. And this book did seem a whole lot more cringeworthy than any other b
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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It's Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at ...more

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