Book reviews

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you are looking for a light-hearted, funny, contemporary romance story, then I invite you to read What If It’s Us by authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Best friends and both accomplished authors, this duo never fails to entertain.

It’s actually my first novel by either authors, and I have to say I liked this one a lot and have read it in one seating so I have a great feeling I would also enjoy their individual novels–which I have in my personal mini library but have yet to read.

Arthur and Ben are not like your ordinary couple. They met at the post office, well not officially–just a short but memorable meet-cute incident, leaving only tiny clues to their personalities. But there was an undeniable attraction, and for Arthur, this is enough to begin his search for the young man at the post office carrying a box full of items. You see, Arthur is only in New York City for the summer, and he hopes to make this summer unlike any other, so there’s no harm in exploring this connection with someone he’d just briefly met, right? Well, the universe seems to have other plans.

Ben was at the post office to send away his ex-boyfriend’s things. He insists the time has come for him to let go of the past and makes a quick trip to the post office in the middle of a busy workday. Everything seems to be working as planned as he queued in line and waits for his turn. Unfortunately for Ben, the costs of letting go is not at all cheap, and he refuses to pay an insane amount of money just so he could return items that only remind him of the pain and heartbreak of his failed relationship. At this time is when he comes across Arthur, both of them making light conversation and connecting instantly. But alas, Ben has his reservations on dating again–having recently come out of a relationship and still in the process of healing. So where does this take us? A meet-cute introduction progressing into a story weaved by the universe–where the characters welcome risks and take their chances in order to make their relationship work.

At first, Arthur has to employ his sleuthing skills in order to find Ben. But simply finding Ben and officially meeting each other is not the point of the story. Readers are given the opportunity to see two different characters fight for their chance at love–that the universe may have had a hand in connecting two people at a random moment, but it is still up to them to create, manage, and work through their relationship. There is that push and pull dynamic between Arthur and Ben, considering their backgrounds and current conditions. But it’s a sweet and charming story through and through.

I give this book 4 stars. It’s a breeze through, to be honest. There are clear moments of heartbreak where you just wonder if the story will serve a happy ending, but the uncertainty provided is actually what makes this read feel more real, in a way. No matter how much I want things to be easy between Arthur and Ben, I realized that easy will not make their story fly. It’s not the journey they’re supposed to take. Which leads us to the next book, Here’s To Us, to be released sometime this year, I believe. But judging this book alone, it’s a light, feel-good read that will make you wonder how to defy the odds especially if the universe is already giving you signs.

I really hope you can spare the time to read Arthur and Ben’s story. It’s surely one of those stories that will leave you feeling hopeful and soothed, not at all overwhelming but at the same time content. That whatever is to come will happen in its own time.

  • Title: What If It’s Us
  • Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  • Year published: 2018
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Total number of pages: 433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-062-86867-1
  • Purchased from: Book Bean (via Shopee)
  • Purchase price: Php 449.00

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