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If We Were Us

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,304 ratings  ·  307 reviews
Everyone at the prestigious Bexley School believes that Sage Morgan and Charlie Carmichael are meant to be....that it’s just a matter of time until they realize that they are actually in love.

When Luke Morrissey shows up on the Bexley campus his presence immediately shakes things up. Charlie and Luke are drawn to each other the moment they meet, giving Sage the opportunit
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 03, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF @ page 115: I am so bummed that this one didn't work for me. This was my fourth attempt to read it and while this is now the furthest through I've gotten, I think it is safe to say that this book was just not for me. It starts off by just kind of throwing you into the madness that is the Bexley School and never really stops to give you a second to catch your breath or get your bearings. I couldn't keep any of the characters straight and it made it impossible for me to follow anything that wa ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: gay mc, Japanese American gay li

Galley provided by publisher

Buckle up, folks, because I have a rant and a half for you. This book may look a cute read, but oh boy did it also manage to piss me off.

The story follows two best friends: Sage and Charlie. Sage is straight and sort of maybe in love with Charlie’s brother, Nick. Charlie is gay, but busy dating pretty much every girl he can in an effort to hide it. I think you can probably guess my first complaint here.

I’m just tired
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many thoughts going through my head while I was reading this book, and again when I was done. It’s hard to put them all to paper.

I went through stages of giddiness and heartbreak, with the occasional swooning every few pages. There was no doubt I was 100%, probably more like 150% invested in everything that happened in this book. The writing was fantastic, another debut novel that knocks it out of the ball park, and the overall plot was just outstanding!!!!

If We Were Us is about fo
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Boarding schools, parties, best friends, first loves, coming to terms with your identity and learning to love yourself, this coming of age story is cozy, fun and a fast read. I did feel the characters were more on the shallow side and *very* preppy; they easily fell into their stereotypes. I would’ve liked a more in depth exploration of the characters and more character development, but despite this I really enjoyed it!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
This was sweet and charming and compulsively readable (I flew through it in two sittings), but it also had a lot of depth. I so appreciated the discussion on how it can be really fucking scary, but ultimately so freeing and rewarding, to be yourself and to admit, both to yourself and others, what it is you truly want. The depiction of friendship was great, too— and you know I’m always a sucker for a boarding school book. I really grew to love these characters, and I think lots of contemporary re ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Let's start this review by saying that I enjoyed this book, even though there are some things that I wish were different.
But first, let's talk about what I liked. What made me like this book very much were the characters, I found them enjoyable and I loved the two main couples. I liked how they were all connected and friends and also how deeply they cared for each other, I especially l
Monte Price
Dec 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-releases
This was poorly paced, I didn't quite connect to either of the romances. I wish I had something substantial to say, but like... I wanted this to be the moment and it simply did not deliver on any possible front. ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

I really liked the premise of the book, but the characters were incredibly two-dimensional and shallow. I got zero sense of their personalities - even though it was in first-person. There was nothing to majorly differentiate the male POV from the female one, and they both felt like puppets doing random illogical things because the author wanted them to. E.g. Sage, the heroine, was a lot less conflicted over lying to her supposed best friend than I would have expected her
Gerardine  Betancourt
sorry but i can't handle this book anymore. I found it extremely boring. From the beginning I already knew where the story would go. The author introduced so many characters to the book that it seemed unnecessary since I was confused to what relationship they had with our four main characters.
It might not be my type of reading, but if the premise catch your attention you may like it.
thanks to netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book i’ve finished in one day in a v long time. i loved it with my whole heart. i laughed so much and cried so much. i would die for charlie and sage and luke and nick.

thank you @SourcebooksFire for sending me a copy.

thank you @kl_walther for the healing.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

We have two main characters in this book who are Sage and Charlie. Sage and Charlie have been best friends since they have been little. They both go to Bexley which is a boarding school, Charlie’s twin Nick also attends. Sage and Charlie both have secrets.

K L Walther gives the authentic feel of high school and how life is difficult in high school whether it’s with relationships, deciding what to do after high school or general life.

The two main relationships are both hidden a
Madison Mary
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
"Sometimes I thought stuff like this, what it would be like if Sage and I were together. If we could actually be the way people thought we should be. If I could actually be the way people thought I was."

A sweet but hard-hitting coming of age contemporary romance about two teens discovering what it means to love.

Everyone thinks that Sage Morgan and Charlie Carmichael are meant to be. They've been best-friends since childhood and are practically joined at the hip.

When senior year begin
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
firstly thank you to netgalley and the publishers for the Earc In exchange for review

before going into this book I was so excited to dive in and I wanted to read this one when I first heard about it as the premise of the book sounded great and something I would enjoy. sadly this book fell flat for me and was just a okay read.

I'm not one for doing negative reviews so I will only say the positives of the novel will a little critique because there definitely were moments that I enjoyed throughout
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
2.5 Stars

DNF @ 32%

There was absolutely nothing wrong with this story, I just really lost interest the more I read. I was so excited to see a story with a platonic soulmate in it - and I loved the relationship between Sage and Charlie, but even really liking the idea of the relationship, I didn't quite connect with the characters the way I wanted too. The characters never felt real to me -there was an exaggerated outlandishness that made the story feel unattainable. And even my love of boarding s
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
i am numb as i am writing this. i am possessed by emotions, my heart is filled and cannot take anything more.
i received an arc approximately 6 hours ago and i started reading it as soon as i could. by the time i was ten seconds in, i knew the story was undeniably going to become my favourite of this year, and i was exactly right.
apart from that, let’s talk about the book itself. we have sage and charlie, best friends since childhood who people believe will end up together at some point however s
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with the digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

When I bumped into this book on NetGalley, I was immediately sold. The plot sounded promising and I was surely expecting a cute story about two best friends, their last year before going to university and their discovery of love. And I wasn’t disappointed. Anyway, I also found some things that didn’t quite convinced me.
If We Were Us
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc, bt-e-book, fiction

If We Were Us by K.L. Walther is the story of four teenagers and how their lives intertwine in a private boarding school.

Everyone at Bexley School knows that Sage and Charlie are destined to be together. No matter how many girlfriends Charlie has had over the years, everyone knows he’ll always come back to Sage.

But when Luke starts Bexley School as a prefect, life for Charlie changes. Luke and Charlie are drawn together, and Charlie can’t deny the attraction he feels for Luke. How does the big m
Kelly Hager
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, you guys. I am OBSESSED with this story.

The synopsis doesn't do it justice; this review won't do it justice. It's just this incredibly sweet, incredibly awesome love story. (Love stories, plural, really; it's so good and I don't think I can talk about it like a rational person and parse exactly why I love it so much.)

I mean, yes, boarding school stories. And yes, first love. And yes, secret romance. And yes, friends that are like family. But it's all of those things and more.

I have literary
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
*Netgalley ARC*

Such a cute and sweet love story. Because yes, this is a love story with all the heartaches and pains and puffy eyes and tears and make out and make ups, and it was a really sweet one.

The book is told from two POVs, from Sage and her best friend Charlie. Charlie is facing his feelings for new super cute boy Luke, and Sage is trying very hard not to fall hard for Charlie's twin Nick. Both are pretty charmed, both act pretty stupidly. How can you do? They are impulsive, indecisive,
Kat (Bookish Blades)
Longer review on my blog Kat from Minas Morgul

the good:
- the friendships ♥ especially Sage and Charlie's, it's so wonderful
- the unconditional love between them
- also Luke and Sage's friendship!!
- the characters themselves
- how the struggle of being a closeted gay was written
- how Brexley was its own little world and how wonderfully it was described

the bad:
- it was so fast? some scenes barely started before they were over again
- a certain trope regarding LGBT+ people ugh no (view spoiler)
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
So that made me cry a few times 😂
Carol Flores
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
If We Were Us is about Charlie and Sage, two bffs who happen to find love in the most unexpected moments of their lives: Luke and Nick, respectively. All four are friends, but from the moment they met, Charlie and Luke make a connection not only as friends but as guys who find each other attractive. On the other hand, Sage and Nick (he’s the twin brother of Charlie) also have a thing between them, but they must keep it a secret for now.

I think this book tried really hard to say that figuring yo
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my god this was so adorable. And funny. And slightly heart-breaking.
It was a fluffy read, but I loved it.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whether high school is just slightly in the rear-view mirror or long ago, author KL Walther, in her debut novel, will take you back to the bittersweet days of senior year through the lens of the four main characters in If We Were Us. Set in a fictional East Coast boarding school, she immerses the reader in the day-to-day of life-long friends Charlie and Sage-- who most on the campus presume are more than BFFs-- and Charlie’s twin brother, Nick. The new guy on campus is the smart, funny and self- ...more
Amanda Belcher
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, ya
This book should have been a DNF. The writing felt stilted and was just poorly done in general. Characters and situations were introduced without context as though we were supposed to know things that the author never mentioned (so much so that I had to check and see if I was reading a sequel). There are these odd time jumps that skip important scenes and conversations and there is so much telling instead of showing. This book is written in first person, alternating between Charlie and Sage's pe ...more
Kelly Townsend
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I love this book with all my heart and I cannot wait to read it again when it comes out in June. With engaging characters and relatable situations (whether you’re in high school or out of it), Walther hits the nail on the head with her debut novel.
If We Were Us has everything that you could ever want: an iconic Best-Friend Duo, swoony love interests that make you want more, and real-world relatable problems. Set in the fictional boarding school of Bexley, the novel makes you wish that you went
Jun 04, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: dnf2020
There is no one who is sadder than me right now for not liking this book. This was one of my most anticipated releases for this year. And in the end, I felt kind of unsatisfied with the story. The characters were forgettable, the story as well. I did not vibe with the writing style, not one bit.
I am not saying that I would not recommend this book, I most certainly will. I guess I had different hopes or just expected too much which is my fault entirely.
Alyssa Thomas
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

K.L. Walther is a new author that I haven't heard much buzz about, but the title, cover, and description of this book had me immediately intrigued and I hoped my local library would obtain a copy so I could check this book out. Luckily, they did!

I really enjoyed this story. If We Were Us is set at a high school boarding school and follows two main characters - Sage and Charlie who are best friends entering their senior year of high school. The whole school thinks Sage an
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
At their boarding school, best friends Charlie and Sage have always been the talk as being “more than best friends,” that they’re in love with each other, that they should be together. Turns out, they like different boys. How do their individual journeys in finding love affect their friendship, but most importantly, their relationships?

Oh my heart! This was such a loving story about loving the guy, loving your best friend, and loving yourself. I felt so much more for Charlie! And, as for Sage, w
May 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I got an ARC of this book.

I saw total rom com potential in this book. I saw so much hope for a light and fluffy read that would leave my heart happy. I was ready for something light and fun. This book wasn’t light and fun.

Instead it was full of half formed angst that didn’t really make any sense. The plot line for Sage was just really half baked. The reasoning why she couldn’t be in a relationship was barely mentioned. I saw no real reason why that p
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K.L. Walther was born and raised in the rolling hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania surrounded by family, dogs, and books. Her childhood was spent traveling the northeastern seaboard to play ice hockey. She attended a boarding school in New Jersey and went on to earn a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She is happiest on the beach with a book, cheering for the New York Rangers, or e ...more

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