After Dune I needed something a little less intense. And it had been a hot minute since I read a YA so I picked up What If It’s Us. It was so stinkin’ cute. What a fabulous note to end the year on!
What If It’s Us is about two boys in New York City. One a native, one visiting for the summer. Ben and his family live in a small apartment outside the city. He’s in summer school and on this particular day, he’s going to the post office to mail a box of his ex-boyfriends things. Arthur’s family lives in Georgia but his lawyer mom got moved to the New York office for the summer. The same office Arthur has a summer internship with. He doesn’t need to send any mail, but he sees Ben and his box and follows him in to the post office.
But then they get separated. And the first three dates are a little rough. Arthur is way too enthusiastic and Ben’s still getting over a break up. Can they make it work?
There are best friends, parents, Craigslist, flash mobs, and all sorts of New York things.
Like I said, super cute. Not going to rock anyone’s literary world but the LGBT visibility is awesome.
I didn’t love the ending. I need the whole book to follow the same line. Either everything is believable and real, or everything is fairytale like. I know, I know, this is a YA romance. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be consistent! Sorry. Albertalli and Silvera.
Also the Hamilton Musical lotto scene was bologna. Ok, done with the complaints.
Really, overall it was good. It was wild to read a contemporary book that was so contemporary. A kid who loves Hamilton (#relatable) and a reference to Trump as president. I’m so used to coming of age and romances set in the recent past that I wasn’t expecting this. The same thing kinda happened when I read Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star, but this one was even more current. They pulled it off well!
I was pretty impressed by the co-authorship. I wasn’t sure how Albertalli and Silvera’s styles would mesh but it worked well. You could read the two styles but they worked together well and didn’t distract from the story. The two main characters seemed real and age appropriate. Some of the secondary characters weren’t realistic or fleshed out. But they were pretty periphery. Albertalli and Silvera make a good team.
Seriously, it was super cute and sweet and for a YA romance it kicked butt. I liked the story. The realness of the adolescent love was impressive and I 100% would read a sequel. So you should really read this book.
I got a stack of books for Christmas (#blessed) so expect some new reads soon! I’m excited to spend another year doing what I love; reading, writing and talking to strangers on the internet. If you have any must reads of 2018 that I need to catch up on, let me know!
2018 was amazing. I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds.