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?
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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Cute references, but Arthur was insufferable
I loved all the cute references and there were moments that reminded me of my first crush and first love, but I found Arthur’s character to be fairly insufferable. There were moments I was literally yelling at the pages because Arthur found yet another way to screw things up by manufacturing drama out of thin air. Ben had some similar moments, but his faults were more believable.
Arthur was often black and white. Either he was being super sweet or he was jumping to conclusions, lashing out, and being vile to EVERYONE around him. He was always looking for problems where there weren’t any, and he didn’t process things in a humanly relatable way. Him having ADHD didn’t really explain this away.
I found the way he treated Ben to be borderline emotionally abusive at times. I think the authors were trying to balance his character and show his flaws and strengths in equal light, but it didn’t land that way for me. There wasn’t enough backstory to explain why he was so insecure and why his behavior was tolerated by so many of the other characters. Arthur walked all over people and they just let him do it. That doesn’t feel great to read.
As cute as I found the nerdy references (and there were many), I can’t say I found myself truly inspired by the story or the characters. They didn’t feel fleshed out. They didn’t feel human.
I really enjoyed Becky’s previous work: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Sadly, this just didn’t have the same magic and I suspect it’s a result of there having been two authors.
What if is us
It should be everywhere because it is so good
This book is the best