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.
It’s the YA team-up you never knew you needed, and it’s got everything: a meet-cute in New York, high school drama, two very different people who are just meant to be. Our reviewers Jowana and Reina step into the roller coaster ride that is What If It’s Us. Read their thoughts below.
Jowana says: Picture this: one summer day in a New York post office, the bewildering yet silly sight of twin hipsters in matching rompers, handlebar mustaches, and man buns steered two boys on a journey of joys and heartaches.
Reina says: What are the chances you’ll meet The One while he’s dropping off a breakup box at the post office? […] This fateful afternoon between two distant souls placed deliberately into each other’s orbits sets the stage for Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s new collaboration.
The Two Sides
Jowana says: Arthur Seuss and Ben Alejo – the former, still building up self-confidence and the latter, picking up pieces of a broken heart. […] A relationship like theirs will meet resistance, maybe not from their families and friends, but certainly from the intolerant corner of society.
Reina says: Born and raised in Georgia, Arthur Seuss is an intern at the New York branch of the law firm his mom is A Big Deal in. […] Ben Alejo is… a native New Yorker, is of Puerto Rican descent, [and] has landed himself in summer school after the whirlwind of his failed relationship.
Jowana says: Essentially, the story is about making a relationship happen and keeping it functional. Fine, credit meet cutes on cosmic influences but once things are in place, it is all up to us.
Reina says: This book is very much a YA novel of the day: teenagers get life advice off Reddit, rock out to Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, and expertly navigate the intricacies of Instagram stalking. Yet at its core, What If It’s Us is still the age-old tale of teenagers falling in love.
[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our authors anyway.]