What If It's Us Audio CD – Import, 9 October 2018
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Albertalli and Silvera balance cynicism and starry-eyed optimism to paint an honest, compelling picture of adolescent romance...Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors' styles will appeal to fans old and new alike.-- "School Library Journal (starred review)"
A charming, sweet-natured love story between two very different boys...It's impossible not to root for Arthur and Ben and their many do-overs.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
In the coauthors' capable hands, Arthur and Ben are distinct, empathetic heroes...A comforting exploration of self-discovery and self-creation.-- "Booklist"
This joyful romance is both sweet and substantial.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
About the Author
Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, History Is All You Left Me, and More Happy Than Not, for which he was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Born and raised in the Bronx, Adam was a bookseller before shifting to children's publishing. He has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in New York City. Visit him online at www.adamsilvera.com.
Noah Galvin has performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including performances in Yosemite, Treasure Island, Our Town, and Broadway Kids. Also a narrator, he has read books by Stephen Chbosky and Matthew Quick, among others.
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- ISBN-10 : 1982555173
- Item Weight : 299 g
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982555177
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 3.05 x 17.02 cm
- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (9 October 2018)
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Language: : English
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The highlight of this novel was the banter in it. The conversations between the characters were fantastic. I loved every interaction between Ben and Dylan 😆
The ending was very realistic and not sappy or a cop out like it is with other romances.
Cons: Nothing. Yep. There was nothing I didn't like. That's how much I loved this. Another!
Beware: It'll make you wanna listen to Hamilton.
The story was light-hearted and really cute. You grow to like both the characters and witness the growth of many others as well. One thing this story made me realise is that one can't ever bet on the future, so just cherish and live your present.
Even after finishing the novel, one doesn't get this feeling of "gratification" or it being a "wholesome read." Somewhere it didn't really match the standards of Becky's other works.
But nonetheless if the plot allures you , then go for it!!!
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The writing doesn’t do this book any favours either, It bordered on cringeworthy at times. I got the feeling that the authors were trying too hard to act like teenagers and backfired. Quite badly. The excessive Hamilton and Harry Potter references made me want to put this book down a few times, when it’s mentioned on every single page it gets really irritating! The dialogue was strange also, I felt like I was reading conversations between 13 year olds rather than 16-20 year olds. It’s full of meaningless teenage drama which serves only as an attempt to make the story more interesting.. I really just expected more out of this book.
Ben and Arthur are both very well portrayed characters, as different to each other as Becky and Adam’s writing styles. Becky’s lighter approach and Adam’s more reflective and occasionally melancholy prose work well together and make the two boys’ personalities all the more believable.
Initially, Arthur (whose chapters are written by Becky) is the boy you can’t help warming to the most. He has an endearing naivety and sense of wonder that make him easy to love. His words capture him beautifully, and it’s not hard to find examples:
“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the ‘our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever’ sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”
“I flop back onto my bed, and my whole body’s buzzing. Heart, stomach, fingertips, all of it. My brain won’t stop spinning. I feel like I’m living inside a love song.”
Ben (whose chapters are written by Adam) is a very different boy, a little introverted and, it eventually transpires, a nerd (in the best possible way). He has been bruised by a relationship that did not end well, and it informs his worldview, which makes him come across as rather negative. Some Amazon reviewers have been unkind about him, one even suggesting he’s selfish. Ben is certainly not perfect (but then neither is Arthur), but selfish he is not. We must remember that he is still recovering from his split with Hudson and, reading between the lines, the relationship was not a loving one of mutual respect, certainly not on the part of Hudson:
“I guess I didn’t expect the breakup to suck if I did the breaking up. But since Hudson’s the one who kissed somebody else, it still feels like he really ended things. Things hadn’t been right between us since his parents got divorced, but I was patient with him. Like when I let him plan my birthday and he took me to a concert of his favourite band.”
When they start dating, it’s Arthur who makes all the effort, but I think this is because Ben did not have a romance-filled relationship with Hudson, and his head was still not out of that mindset. There are plenty of clues pointing to the fact that buried within is a true romantic. For example:
“Dylan watches Samantha as if she were glowing. I wonder when I went dim for Hudson. If I ever glowed for him at all.”
As his relationship with Arthur develops, Ben undergoes an extraordinary and affecting transformation, and the ultra-romantic boy he really is haltingly reveals himself. His love for Arthur, and the way he expresses that love, is one of the highest points of a novel full of high points.
This book is truly magical, building towards an achingly beautiful and elegiac third part and epilogue that will leave you feeling emotionally drained and your tissue supply exhausted. The nearest thing I can compare it to is “Call me by your name” (the film rather than the book), but in truth it has a character all its own. I mentioned the other two fantastic 2018 YA MM romances at the beginning, and they are both well worth your time. However, if I were asked to choose one over the others, I would pick “What if it’s us” without a moment’s hesitation.
The plot was simple and cute,
but also lacking in originality, it felt quite clichéd and predictable.
The characters were endearing, and engaging with light-hearted humour. I did roll my eyes a lot at the cheesy one-liners and silly decisions, but I was definitely rooting for Ben and Arthur to make it work throughout!!!
It was perhaps a little too commercial for me, with easy win references (there were a lot of references to Harry Potter, Hamilton, Disney) and coffee and doughnut culture. I also found aspects a little repetitive, with the word ‘do-over’ featuring in almost every chapter.
Having said that, I’ve read a few more difficult reads recently and this was a breath of fresh air, and enjoyable escapism. I’m hoping for a sequel!!