What if its us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
This was super cute! I was asked if I’d like to receive a copy of this and obviously I said yes! I absolutely adored Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Off Beat was great and of course, Adam Silvera’s History is all you left me did make me weep a little, so I was super excited to be sent a copy of this and see what these two can do together!
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 quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? 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?
Guys, this was so cute. Like, ridiculously cute. I have a thing about romances set in New York, I mean, I have been to New York, so I know that there are bits of the city that smell really bad and look kinda scary, but then there is Broadway and Central Park and Time Square and those are the bits that I think of when it comes to romances set in the city.
Essentially, this is a meet-cute between two boys in a post office and if there was ever a meet-cute that defines meet-cutes this was it. The two authors were able to perfectly work together on this, you couldn’t even tell that there were two authors working on this it was so cohesive! And both Arthur and Ben were so well rounded and their personalities were really well presented and of course this was full of fluffy romance and detrimental heartbreak and there is nothing better than a cute romance. It’s exactly what I needed in the middle of the ocean! The side characters were amazing, Dylan was the greatest character ever written and this had so much diversity I was loving it!
My only criticism of this would be that there might be one too many pop culture references and I’m saying that as someone who loves a pop culture reference. I mean, one or two mentions of Harry Potter or Hamilton would be fine, but I think Lin Manuel Miranda probably needs royalties for the number of times his name was dropped. Aside from that, I did bloody love this, it was over too quickly and the ending was so bittersweet! Plus, it was nice to read an Adam Silvera book where one of the characters wasn’t either dead or about to die!