A YA romance written by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera sounds like a dream someone concocted to tempt us all into begging, but it’s very real and we should be thanking the book gods for this one. Their upcoming release, What If It’s Us, combines the writing styles of two authors who are pros at creating a warm, sob-worthy love story on the page and leaving you flailing with emotion.
As Arthur and Ben meet and fall in love, almost every scene between them feels like a hug. The story is set in NYC during the summer, which thrills me as a New Yorker. Everything being described throughout the book is quite vivid, as it would be to anyone who braves the chaos of this city on a daily basis.
There’s a particular scene with heavy tension that takes place on the subway and tore at my heart, but it’s one that I’m glad is included. All love stories have their obstacles, but let’s never forget the hurdles that LGBTQ couples in particular face while just trying to live.
I’ll admit that the ending of What If It’s Us isn’t what I hoped for, but I can appreciate it in its beauty anyway. When you meet your first love and things don’t go the way you want them to, one day you may look back and realize there weren’t any regrets after all.
“I think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”
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?
Preorder What If It’s Us here. Its official release date is October 9, 2018.
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