What If It's Us

What If It's Us

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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?
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray ; HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062795250
Branch Call Number: YA ALBERTAL
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Silvera, Adam 1990-- Author
Alternative Title: What if it is us


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LPL_WilliamO Jul 27, 2018

What are you waiting for? PLACE A HOLD ON THIS ONE! An adorable story about two guys who meet by chance at a New York City Post Office, lose track of each other, wonder "What if..." and then find each other. Knowing they've only a few weeks together, they fall in love anyway. And love i... Read More »

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Jan 11, 2019

This was a very cute book! There were a couple times I wanted to shake the main characters but they just acted like any teenager in love would. I also laughed out loud many times while reading this book.

JessicaGma Jan 10, 2019

SPPL_Anna has it explained in her excellent review, so scroll down to that. The meet-cute was fun and the book felt very "true to life", so it was a fun read.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 06, 2019

I loved this from start to (especially) finish -- both characters are written note-perfectly, and I don't know what more to say about this other than it might have my favorite-ever ending for a teen romance.

Dec 29, 2018

It’s sad how much wasted potential this book had. I was excited, like the majority, but it felt like a flop from the start. The pitch is great but the book didn’t live up to the hype generated by both authors’ fans. Not to pick sides, but the plot points did feel more like a Becky Albertali book, where as I think all Adam Silvera’s books are great. I wish he took the lead in writing, and Becky took small romance moments and jokes. And something that bugged me beyond anything is how unrealistic the whole beginning was, to then have the most relatable/ realistic ending ever.

Other than these factors, the book was interesting and held my attention for the 2 days it took to read it. It’s very fast paced but I do think it’s worth the read of any other fans of LGBT ya stories.

Dec 18, 2018

Super cute, but the open ending left me feeling vaguely unsatisfied.

Nov 27, 2018

This book is so good, I just finished it today. I wish there's more this type of book. that made me can't stop from reading it.

This story is a boy + boy romantic love dramas. Writen in diary kind of formula. Main character Benjamin and Arthur. Both cute. Really cute. They met in the post office and end in the post office. I don't know if they are still dating after the last sentence of the book. But what if..?

Enjoy your reading, no more spoil

I love this book and this author.

SPPL_Anna Nov 08, 2018

Following the world's greatest meet-cute, this book stays cute. It isn't cutesy, and it isn't always happy, but it's like holding something precious in your hand (like a kitten or Hamilton tickets) that needs to be protected at all costs.

And Arthur is one of the best portrayals I've ever seen in YA of a musical theater obsessed high school kid, which is very important.

Nov 06, 2018

This book is very nice, a boy named Arthur is in love with broadway romance musicals, he meets a boy named Ben at a post office and falls in utter awe of how much they have in common. They start to get close as friends until Arthur does something that changes everything. This book is very inspiring since there has been some dilemma about the LGBT community lately. This book actually has a resemblance to Dear Evan Hansen the broadway musical. I really recommend this book to anybody. Rating 5/5
@momo of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 23, 2018

A sweet, romantic read for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and They Both Die at the End. We need more romantic LGBTQIA titles for teens!

LPL_WilliamO Jul 27, 2018

What are you waiting for? PLACE A HOLD ON THIS ONE! An adorable story about two guys who meet by chance at a New York City Post Office, lose track of each other, wonder "What if..." and then find each other. Knowing they've only a few weeks together, they fall in love anyway. And love isn't easy -- in fact, they have several do-overs. A fun read by the authors of popular YA LGBT books Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (a.k.a. the "Love, Simon" movie), and They Both Die at the End. READ IT! (:


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