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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?
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.
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This needs to be a movie
This is such a wonderful book and I’ve honestly never been so interested in a book like this before. It was the one reason I would look forward to any kind of free time in class to read this. His needs to be a full in movie staring Ben Platt! My life isn’t complete without having this as a movie
Really is a 4.5
Over all I really enjoyed the book, there were times where I was lost in the book, muted surroundings and all, and then there were times that felt like a let down. It was overall a great book, that I would recommend, but i just didn’t get the same feeling that I did from something like “Call Me By Your Name”.
What if is us
It should be everywhere because it is so good