Ever since I discovered Becky Albertalli through Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I’ve been utterly obsessed with her writing! I’ve read Leah Off The Beat and have just ordered The Upside of the Unrequited from my local library so, when I heard she was co-writing another book alongside Adam Silvera, I kind of freaked! I instantly added this to my ‘to be read’ list and then realized that I wouldn’t be able to buy the book for a few months after the publish date. I actually spotted What If It’s Us in Tesco for only £3 recently and threw it into my basket without any questions I asked.
The book follows Arthur Seuss and Ben Alego, two teenage boys who are suddenly thrown together after meeting each other in a New York post office. Arthur is visiting the city with his parents and interning at his mum’s law firm and spots a good-looking guy (Ben) heading into the post office with a box. Both have a short conversation with each other and then parted…without exchanging numbers. The story is made up of their POVs following their lives with their friends, their ups-and-downs and trying to find each other!
Every moment of this book shows the strength of Becky and Adam’s writing seeing as I couldn’t tell who wrote what! I did have the odd idea of when Becky did after seeing a lot of Harry Potter references (just like in Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah Off The Beat) which, as a Potter fan, is a big thumbs-up for me!
Arthur is such an adorable little nerd with his awkward babbling, love of all Broadway shows especially Hamilton! Any chance to fan over characters who love Lin-Manuel Miranda is perfect with me and Arthur is just so perfect. He’s not just a nerd…he has such a relatable story. His home life isn’t perfect and he pretty much foot-in-mouth syndrome that made me want to hit him over the head at times.
As for Ben, he’s equally as incredible! Going through a messy break-up, flunking school and not living his best life. I wanted to give this guy so many hugs during the book but he had THE best friend in the form of Dylan, who I secretly think was trying to beat the records for the most nicknames you can give to one friend! Seriously! Haha!
The book had me hooked from cover to cover and I would have given it a full 5 stars if it wasn’t for the disappointing ending. I guess it was realistic (and I won’t spoil it) but I wanted so much more to happen and needed more of those boys! I just hope a film is created on this book so I can see Ben and Arthur on the big screen! Can I suggest Asa Butterfield for Arthur?!
Have you any of you guys read this yet?