What If It's Us

What If It's Us

by Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062795250
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 7,800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.37(d)
Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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 EndHistory 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.

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What If It's Us 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I’m in a diverse YA stories book club and What If It’s Us was our pick for this month, and I was so excited to read it because I loved Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda. This book was just as delightful and funny. Loved the characters’ distinct voices and all of the cultural/internet references peppered throughout (particularly as a fan of fantasy literature, The Sims, and musical theater)—made it feel very real! Definitely need to pick up Adam Silvera’s other book now (I’ve already got Leah on the Offbeat on deck in my Nook Library, haha).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If we are being honest, my decision to give this book a four stars is unfair. It was a well written, sweet book that probably deserves five stars. I just don’t like the way it ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m really kind of hoping there will be a short sequel to this because I’m feeling like I’ve been left hanging. Omgosh please! Many feelings felt while reading this lovely story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. It was funny and sweet and really made you root for the characters. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sweetest YA novel, brimming with the perfect touches of humanity and real humanizing empathy. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera's heart-wrenching, gut-tugging styles both shine through, generating a unique and heartwarming depiction that feels exactly like a young crush. Absolutely worth the wait, and perfect for any age.
JMatBookFreakRevelations More than 1 year ago
“What If It’s Us, is THE YA rom-com that every contemporary fan needs. It tells a unique and beautifully written story about two people who come from different walks of life only to find out that they have a lot more in common than they realize. It features the importance of believing in fate and destiny and that sometimes, the universe roots for you even if it doesn’t seem like it. It tells us that love is definitely the strongest force out there and what’s meant to be will always find a way. It’s a book whose characters will stay with you long after you turn the last page and it is no doubt one of my all-time favorite books EVER.”
eak321 8 months ago
WHAT IF IT'S US is a young adult romance between two teenage boys. The chapters alternate POVs between the two main characters (Ben and Arthur) and co-authors (Becky and Adam). They "meet-cute" during a visit to the post office in New York City. While NYC is home for Ben, Arthur is only there for the summer, so they have to make the most of it. The title comes from a song from DEAR EVAN HANSEN. For a young adult novel, it's well-written by its two authors. It contains that somewhat annoying teenage angst and drama where everything is exaggerated and a big deal. As a middle-aged adult, reading about Ben and Arthur was a little over-the-top, but I wish these types of YA books existed when I was a kid in the 80s. It normalizes the relationship between two boys, as if it were any other sort of relationship. It also lets young teenage boys know that it's ok to be who you are and experience feelings for other boys. One of my favorite dialogue exchanges that genuinely made me laugh was: "Eww, candy corn?" "Excuse me, candy corn is a f*cking gift." It was a pretty quick read and I was pleasantly surprised at the way the story was wrapped up in the epilogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much but the ending uh well it wasn't great but overall it was amazing!
Ashton Smith More than 1 year ago
Thank you past Ashton for reserving this audiobook six months ago; it was ADORABLE! It’s been about a year since I’ve picked up a Becky Albertalli book, and it was well past time for me to do so again. This book reminded me so much of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda; it was charming, funny, and overall, just made my heart happy. I’m so glad I read this during Valentine’s Day season. I felt so warm and fuzzy listening to Ben and Arthur tell their story. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook version. The two narrators do a fantastic job of embodying their characters. What made this book so adorable was how it took the form of a cliche rom-com, but by having characters who point this out, it makes the whole thing more realistic in a way. The authors did a great job of making the love story movie-like and practical at the same time. Both Ben and Arthur were self-aware of their situation, which made it all the more lovable. I think what sucked me into this book for good was the writing style. Since I listened to this book, it can be hard to hook myself into good writing. The story was immersive because Becky and Adam’s writing style has a conversational aspect to it. The whole time I was listening, it didn’t feel like the boys were reading out of a book; it felt like they were real people telling me their story. Overall, it was a tremendous LGBT contemporary, and I’m glad I got to listen to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great read! First book in a long time I've been EXCITED to read. I loved and felt for the characters every step of the way. Very much worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so sweet and I love it so much. 100% recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book overall was good but the climax was underwhelming , it was somewhat predicable about what was going to happen. I liked the book either way though, so it was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an absolute blast to read. You see the ups and down between the two main characters and it's so uplifting to read about Ben and Arthur. This was definitely one of the best books that I have read this year and I would highly recommend you read it as well!
m_baez More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, just getting that out of the way first. When I first bought the book (signed copy, by the way,
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
This is a romance story about a meet-cute between two guys, in New York, and yes, it brings in all the cuteness and relatability of a first love. Told in alternating perspectives between Ben and Arthur, it is a sweet romance but also about how to navigate relationships and friendships in your teen years, as well as how there is no perfect formula for a happy couple, and you find your own way. All this is bound together in the humor and realism of being a young adult in this era. Ben and Arthur meet at a transitional time in both their lives – Ben is just getting over a recent break-up (he dumped his ex and was about to mail him his things) and Arthur is interning at his mom’s law firm for the summer. It is a little love at first sight, but more like ‘oh he’s cute I should give it a try’ kind of thing. The initial stages of their relationships are fraught with troubles like, for instance, finding each other, which Arthur does in his cute Arthur way, and then finding a happy medium between their two different ideas of hanging out and having fun. Their approach to love is also slightly different – where Arthur is all about the romanticized idea of love, Ben is a little cynical given his recent break-up. Then comes their individual insecurities – Arthur feels that Ben might not be over his ex, and Ben feels a little defensive about his socioeconomic status, as well as the fact that he is in summer school. Alongside this main storyline, is the changing relationships between their respective group of friends, and how they handle those things. The only drawback of this book I can say is that the voices don’t seem distinct enough. Ben and Arthur sound pretty much the same, even with their supposedly different personalities, and considering the fact that this book is co-written by two people, it was just disappointing that this happened. And while this is not necessarily a drawback, their respective friends are way TOO enthusiastic about getting them together, and you also have to pretty much buy into fate to make this all believable; still, considering this is a romance, it gets a pass. Overall, a cute romance story with a good cast of characters you’d love to cheer for.
Sara Gribbins More than 1 year ago
if anybody could answer me as to what the lexile score is that would be helpful
nezzzy_mon More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, so when I heard they were co-writing a book, I lost my mind - and rightfully so, because THIS BOOK IS SO GREAT! The pairing of Ben and Arthur might be one of my favorite pairings I have ever read. seriously. Since the story is told in both Ben and Arthur's point-of-view, I was really able to understand the boys' natural connection. The two points of view allowed the reader to really understand Ben and Arthur as a couple but also individually, as we learned more about their past relationships with friends and parents. I left the book LOVING both Arthur and Ben. The romance in the story is wonderful and adorable but the secondary characters are just as entertaining. Ethan, Jessie, and Samantha are all great and Dylan definitely stole the show a few times. I really loved reading how Ben and Arthur's relationship with their parents and friends evolved as they were moving forward with their own relationship. I flew through this book because I couldn't put it down. It was the PERFECT combination of Becky and Adam in this book. It was adorable, funny, heartbreaking, charming, a little bit saucy. This was a stunning team effort on both parts. It didn't feel like "these were Adam's chapters and these were Becky's chapters,' the whole story flowed perfectly together. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is a YA contemporary fan. it feels so amazing that wonderful books starring characters in the LGBT community and POC are getting more visibility. this is a sweet story about how a short Jewish boy from Georgia and a Puerto Rican boy from NYC had an instant connection in a post office one afternoon like the Universe was pushing them together. I will forever support Becky, Adam, and beautiful stories like this one.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
The story is told in multiple pov's and that makes it even more enjoyable. The characters are just amazing, written with so much care and detail, I loved everyone of them. A perfect story, not just for teens and the perfect Christmas gift.
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, funny, adorable, sweet, heartbreaking, lovely . . . I could keep listing adjectives but then we'd be here all night. Instead I'll just say this: contemporary readers you need this book in your life. Fans of Becky and Adam both you need this book in your life. Anyone who adores a good romcom or some deep and complex stories with heart, you need this book. Personally? I think everyone needs this book in their lives, but you'll have to read it to decide for yourself. So, my suggestion is get reading!
hoping4nash More than 1 year ago
What If It's Us is a solid collaboration between two great, well-established authors. If you are looking for an enjoyable read (especially if you're looking for gay main characters), you have found the right book.
Matt-Light More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in its ARC form and I instantly fell in love with it. It is the perfect rom-com for any young adult genre lover. Arthur and Ben come from such different backgrounds and find love in each other and the ending leaves you feeling hopeful. Plus all the broadway references are AMAZING!!! With Albertalli's typically happier endings and Silvera's way of breaking your heart but making you want more, it leaves the mystery of how this will end. Please read, enjoy, and answer the question: "What If It's Us?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are my two favorite Contemporary YA authors. They've both individually written three amazing books I couldn't put down once I picked up. Then magically earlier this year I found out they were pairing up and writing a book together, WHAT IF IT'S US. Side note, I pre-ordered this book on audible like a week ago and got it today. I listened to it all day. When I got home from work, I had a package in the mail, a physical copy of this book. My first thought was who ordered this for me. Who else knows I've been dying to read this? Hmmm... Convinced I didn't actually buy it but also needing to prove it, I check my Amazon account. sure enough, I pre-ordered this way back in May. Go figure! First, I have to say the sheer amount of nerdiness found in these pages makes me incredibly happy. From Harry Potter to Hamilton and a half dozen other musical references in the middle, this girl was smiling with every metaphorical turn of the page. Arthur's love for Lin Manuel Miranda is one I can relate to on a personal level. What can I say without giving things away for this debut book? It's lovely from page one. The characters feel real. The way they address things, their emotions, the dialogue. It's one of the reasons Albertalli and Silvera are my favorite YA contemporary authors. It's a hard nut to get right and they are masterful every time. In the case of the narrators for the audiobook, they did an amazing job. It won't disappoint.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I was so insanely excited for this book. I had seen so many people raving about it and I loved the premise. Sadly I was so underwhelmed by it. I guess I liked Arthur and Ben? They’re both passionate and loyal with so much potential. However, their voices sounded identical to me and while that could be considered a good thing when there are two authors, for me it meant constantly having to back track to figure out who’s head I was in. Plot wise it was okay. There was a fair amount of drama, but also some really sweet moments. Oh, and there are so many Hamilton references, it’s sort of annoying. The ending was frustrating and hopeful at the same time and somehow it really worked for the story. Overall, it was just lacking for me. It took me 3 weeks to finish this and it’s because every time I set it down, I would forget all about it. Nothing pulled me back to the story. I wish I could have seen the spark that everyone else has. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too cheesy for me.