“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 mean to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path. Even on random Monday afternoons in July. Even at the post office.”
By: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Review by: Ivy
Arthur and Ben are two young, single guys who bump into each other outside a New York post office in the middle of summer. Arthur believes in love at first sight but is only in New York for the summer. Ben just cleaned his ex-boyfriend’s stuff out of his apartment and is ready to meet someone new. The boys get separated, and Arthur and Ben try hard to reconnect, their only clues coming from the short conversation they shared in the post office.
When they finally find each other, it seems like the universe wanted to push them together. But, after three failed first dates, it seems like the universe might’ve been wrong. Told in dual perspective, and set in a Broadway-worthy, romantic New York, my big gay dream team super novel has finally come true.
I have read every Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera book obsessively, and to find out they were teaming up was super mega awesome great news. This was a best friend team up on the level of David Levithan and John Green, or Leigh Bardugo and Rainbow Rowell (If I say it enough, it’ll happen).
The romance, needless to say, is perfect. Extremely messy, but extremely sweet. What If It’s Us didn’t follow the dumb gay book (DGB) tropes that I know so well. The fact that both boys, especially Arthur, often marveled at the craziness of their relationship and the unlikeliness that they fell in love made the ship feel even more real.
I could praise this book forever, or I could just say that this is one of my favorite books of 2018 and one of my favorite books ever. The perfect balance of “someone will die” and “someone will die of fun”, Becky and Adam have written a perfect book, and I can only hope that they’ll do it again. Rating: Gay/Five
- “I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”
- “God, Arthur.” He kisses me. “Te quiero. Estoy enamorado. You don’t even know.” And I don’t speak a word of Spanish, but when I look at his face, I get it.”
- “I don’t know if we’re in a love story or a story about love.”