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Everyone at the prestigious Bexley School believes that Sage Morgan and Charlie Carmichael are meant to be....that its 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 opportunity
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Corina
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

There were so many thoughts going through my head while I was reading this book, and again when I was done. Its 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
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tappkalina
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
So you want to tell me this is going to be a duology? The first book doesn't even come out yet! If it isn't pure torture, I don't know what is.
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2020 is THAT year for us, gays.
c, (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 Charlies 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.

Im just tired of
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Rach
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, Charlies 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 its with relationships, deciding what to do after high school or general life.

The two main relationships are both hidden at
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
SUCH. STILTED. WRITING.

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
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Kathleen
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 Charlies twin brother, Nick. The new guy on campus is the smart, funny and ...more
Kat (from Minas Morgul)
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)
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Janet Walden-West
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this book.

It gave me ALL the feels.

I went into If We Were Us with expectations of a fun read, and my personal catnip--an awkward high school faux love triangle (real love triangles are a no-go, but faux ones? Perfect.), and all the ups and downs that go with being on that line between teen and adult. The automatic drama that comes with navigating that epic senior year when you can't wait to leave the familiar fishbowl you've swam in for years, but also feel both on top of the world,
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Sacha
Feb 17, 2020 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. Ill post that review upon publication.

That review will include information about why I DNF this book at 30%.
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Erica
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
K.L. Walther's debut novel is an engaging, heartwarming contemporary YA! I finished this book in a little over a day.

The intricate world building employed by the author immersed me in the world of The Bexley School and made me feel as if I were student watching everything unfold.

This is not just a book defined by romance scenes. It goes beyond the surface-- it is a story of friendship, empathy, and identity.

I loved following the character development of Sage, Nick, Luke, and Charlie as we watch
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Ben Howard
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, read-in-2020
Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5*

Told in a dual perspective, we follow Charlie and Sage, who are in their final year at a boarding school called Bexley. Everybody at Bexley believe Charlie and Sage are destined to become a couple. However, Charlie and Sage are best friends and want to keep it that way.

When Luke starts at school, Charlie has to come to terms with his true feeling and find the courage to let others know who he truly is. Charlie's fear of coming out,
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Alison Miller
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a few days ago and had to give myself a minute to write a review because it seriously would have looked like this: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. It was THAT GOOD. I was fortunate to read a Net Galley ARC of IF WE WERE US and Sage and Charlie, bffs since forever, are two of the most likable and relatable MCs Ive read in a while. Charlies budding relationship with Luke, his own inner turmoil, Sages rollercoaster with Nick Im not a cryer when it comes to books, but
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Jennifer Webber
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of KL Walthers If We Were Us and I sat down to read it on a cold winter day. I was immediately transported to Move-In Day at an East Coast boarding school and by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked.

Walther is not only adept at rich world-building (I wish could cruise Bexleys nostalgic campus on a tandem bike), but she also created characters that are both relatable and aspirational, from the four main characters right down to their fun friend
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BooksAndRae
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! If you love Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, then you should definitely check out this book when it comes out June 1st!!

It is honestly amazing, another book which I'll definitely be buying and rereading more than once.

From friendships and love to hidden truths and secrets, If We Were Us, is a brilliant story following, best friends, brothers and their lives that are unwinding as they prepare to face a future of college applications and acceptance of where life will
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Geneviève (thefreckledbookworm)
While this book sounded so cute and diverse, I decided to DNF it : I honestly can't tell the difference between the various POVs, because EVERYONE sounds the same. Also, all the words in italic really bother me. Italic / caps lock are used to emphasize a word, but used too frequently = ruins the purpose. Anyways. I'm sad I couldn't keep going with this book, but it's just such a chore! And I promised myself in 2020 that I'd stop forcing myself through books I don't enjoy.
Shannon
Feb 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
This sounds so cute!
Ms. Arca
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This books was good and one of the stronger books Ive received from Netgalley.

I felt like I was there in the setting, a classmate or a friend who was at part of this entire drama llama experience. It was lovely. It was engaging. It was very human and felt like a solid presentation of the woes and wonders of sorting out who we are/identity. You feel the tensions in all of the relationships (except the adult relationships those are pretty simplistic I thought?). Those tensions carry you through a
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Kelly Townsend
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 youre 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
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Jessica
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been an absolute joy to get lost in this world with these relatable, easy-to-root-for characters. Though this seems like a stand-alone, I would love to follow these characters to see what lays next for them!

If We Were Us is part coming-out, part coming-of-age, and full of fun teenage antics which can only be found in an environment with minimal supervision, such as a boarding school. Teenagers go through a lot between keeping up with grades, peer expectations, and trying to figure
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Zoe
Dec 05, 2019 marked it as release-2020
FRIENDS! TO! FRIENDS!
karanite
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the way this book was structured. Its like the typical romance with two MCs and alternating points of view, but instead of the two MCs being a couple, its two best friends. The two couples that result are intermingled enough that it doesnt feel like one is getting more air time than the other, and the reader can equally root for both of them.

The book does a really good job of exploring romantic love and platonic love at the same time. Sage and Charlie are as much a couple with their own
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MMill
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sage Morgan has been best friends with the Carmichael twins since they were all six years old. They spend summer vacations and holidays together, and now they attend the same boarding school. Charlie and Sage have always been especially close, and the two are the reigning couple on campus even though they've never actually dated each other. Everyone just knows it's going to happen eventually. Charlie churns through girlfriends but spends all his real time and affection on Sage. It feels like ...more
Lu
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. A huge thanks to the publisher for If we were us, it was one of my most anticipated reads!

Charlie Carmichael and Sage Morgan are friends since forever and everyone in the Bexley School believe they are meant to be, even if Charlie changes girlfriend every month. When Luke Morrissey starts to attend the school, Charlie's and Sage's lives are changed forever. Luke and Charlie click right away drawn to one other, becoming really
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Terry
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites
I was so happy to have received an ARC of this book, as I've been anxious to read this debut novel by K.L. Walther!

The first thing I loved was the way that the chapters alternated between the voices of Charlie and Sage, as this was helpful in understanding what made them tick and the incredible bonds of their relationship. The special friendship shared by Charlie and Sage, which began as young children, was absolutely beautiful, and one which will be loved (and envied!) by many readers.
I
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Mere
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, march-books
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book, I thought it sounded like it would be a great read! I am happy to admit, I did like the book. I didnt fall in love with it, okay, I loved the first few chapters. And I like overcoming problems as much as the next person, but I would have loved for the whole book to be light hearted and happy, and that was definitely not the case. The book takes a much darker, grimmer tone the second half of the book. I
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Brittany Woodworth
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I can already see I have an unpopular opinion about this book.

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𝐼𝒻 𝒲𝑒 𝒲𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝒰𝓈

Book details

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN 1728210267 (ISBN13: 9781728210261) Edition language English

Thank you Sourcebooks for my gifted copy an exchange for an honest review.

If youre into the young adult romance genre then this book may just be for you.It took me a while to get info this book to actually complete it. Not because it was bad , or anything. But
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bookreviewer_98
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by the author. I wasn't know how it all was gonna turn out but I liked the blurb and I was really interested to read the story.
So thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS fire for making that possible.

This book hadls all the ingredients of an entertaining teen drama. The main characters, Sage and Charlie are best friends and everyone thinks that are going to be so.ething more than that. But it's not that simple since Charlie starts showing interest in the new student Luke and
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Laura Gardner
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I ship Luke&Charlie and Sage&Nick so much! Honestly, though, this book is the first book Ive been able to lose myself in since the world went mad. I found it completely absorbing and read it in less than 24 hours.
Sage and Charlie have been best friends since birth. Now they are seniors at Bexley (a prestigious boarding school in the Northeast) and everyone expects they will eventually end up together. What no one knows, though, is that Sage has a crush on Charlies twin brother, Nick,
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Preethi
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. We follow two best friends, Charlie and Sage, who go to a boarding school and are shipped together by their classmates, and while they are very close they dont have romantic feelings toward each other. When a new kid, Luke, transfers into their school Charlie ends up spending a lot of time with him and eventually falling in love. This gives Sage time to spend with Charlies
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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 ...more

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