A New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller!
Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.
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 nail a first date even after three do-overs?
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?
What if it’s us?
Plus don't miss Here's to Us! Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera reunite to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, the boys readers first fell for in What If It’s Us.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Imagine if Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift made an album together. That’s basically where we are with this collaboration between Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, two of the biggest voices in YA fiction. The duo’s voices mesh brilliantly in this sweet and hilarious tale of a seemingly star-crossed romance between two love-resistant young men. Set during one magical New York summer, the story crackles with flirty dialogue. That witty, conversational tone kept us reading all the way to an ending that will probably surprise even the most jaded readers.
Authors Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Silvera (They Both Die at the End) team up for a charming, sweet-natured love story between two very different boys. Arthur (written by Albertalli) is in New York for the summer while his lawyer mother works a big case. His family's affluent and Jewish, and he's a Broadway geek and a virgin with good grades. Native New Yorker Ben (Silvera) is Puerto Rican. His family's on a tight budget, he's just out of a relationship, and he's stuck in summer school. Arthur believes in love at first sight; Ben's not even sure he believes in love. After they bump into each other at a post office, then are separated by a flash mob, Arthur searches the New York haystack to find one adorable high school junior. But the course of meet-cute never did run smooth: complications include friends, Ben's ex, cultural differences, and the difficult and confusing nature of love. The authors one known for happy endings, the other for breaking hearts split the difference believably, and it's impossible not to root for Arthur and Ben and their many do-overs. Ages 14 up.
What if it’s us 2#?
I really enjoyed reading the Arthur and Ben’s love story. It made me laugh at times and emotional at others. I also really loved Ben’s best friend Dylan as well as the other characters as well, and although the ending made me very sad because of the abrupt ending I didn’t feel like Ben and Arthur really got closure, I really hope there will be a second book because I really enjoyed this book and hope that Arthur and Ben’s story continues.
I liked it!
As a queer teenager who is currently obsessed with broadway, (specifically Hamilton and I’m SO excited to watch the new Dead Evan Hansen movie coming out in a few weeks) I kinda loved this book. I didn’t care for the ending much, and the epilogue KILLED me, but I set the date for the next book in my calendar right after researching when it was coming out!! So honestly 9/10 just because the ending confused me and didn’t really satisfy me. :)