Blog Tour Review: What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (+ giveaway!)

There are no spoilers in this review.

What If It’s Us is the kind of adorable contemporary book I did not know I needed in my life until I read it. When everyone found out about Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera coming together to write a book, they screamed at the top of their lungs, because for most, it seemed like a dream coming true. Having read one book by both authors, I couldn’t really personally, use the word, β€œdream”, but honestly…. I could see this being really, really good. Knowing how much I enjoyed previous reads from them.
But boy, was I wrong. This was not good. This was AMAZING.

A million thank you to JM @ Book Freak Revelations & Harper Collins International for giving me the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, and sending me a digital review copy of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating.

THESE MAIN CHARACTERS HAVE MY HEART

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Like in most contemporaries, where this book really delivers the most, is with its characters. We have an incredible cast of characters here, I completely fell in love with them from page one. They’re realistic, they are diverse, they are adorable and very relatable, too.

This story is told from two point of views: first, we get Arthur, the lovely New York tourist for the summer, interning at his mother’s law firm. He tends to be a bit dramatic and theatrical, he is the sweetest, most considerate character ever. He is Jewish, white, gay, and he has ADHD. Arthur was like my softest marshmallow ever. I just wanted to hug him all along. Second, we get Ben. Ben is Puerto-Rican, comes from a low-income catholic family, is gay and just another side of adorableness.

A GREAT, REALISTIC RELATIONSHIP

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What If It’s Us tells the story of these two kind of dreamers. If Arthur believes in the universe and in fate, Ben only believes in fantasies and daydreams in the stories he writes. When these two worlds collide, it creates such a fantastic dynamic and such a great relationship to follow, too. As the two boys meet, lose each other, try to find each other again, as their relationship goes from strangers to friendships to a little something more, I felt completely engrossed in their story, wanting, needing to see more happen, to see them meet again and most of it all, to see them happy. I felt so invested and I loved it.

What I think I loved the most about this relationship, though, is how it is portrayed. It does not shy away from showing the awkwardness, misunderstandings, missteps and mistakes from a first relationship for Arthur and for a second relationship after a first ruined one for Ben. Each of the characters had their expectations coming and crashing with harsh reality, sometimes, and even if it seemed fluffy, like, really, there were still ups and downs that made this a realistic romance. And realistic teenagers. Making mistakes. Apologizing. Do-overs.

A GREAT PLACE FOR FRIENDSHIPS AND FAMILY

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Despite what the synopsis might be telling you, What If It’s Us also gives a great place for friendships and family, something I deeply appreciated.

I loved seeing the growing friendships between Arthur and his colleagues, Namrata and Juliet – Juliet is, by the way, a side biromantic ace character! I also loved the distance-relationship with Arthur and his friends back home, Ethan and Jessie and its complexities. I appreciated the friendships on Ben’s side even more, because they were a bit more important to the story and developed, too. Dylan, Ben’s best friend (a side character with anxiety and a heart condition, more diverse rep!), was so endearing, adorable and never failed at making me smile and laugh. Ben’s dynamics with his friends were interesting to follow too, as his group of friends fell apart and tries to rebuild itself. I loved how we get to see about how friendships change after, during or because of romantic relationships interfering.

And the parents, oh, parents that are present and actually doing something in the story, too. Supportive parents, with their own issues and complex relationships, too, bringing cookies and cooking Puerto Rican food and sharing stories and I just love it when parents are there in contemporaries okay.

OVERALL

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Overall, What If It’s Us was an adorable, addictive kind of read. Even with over 400 pages, the book did not feel long, nor did it give me enough time with these adorable characters. I absolutely loved the romance, the realistic characters, the amazing diversity. It’s a book that made me dream of romance and of getting back to New York. Basically, I am a melted marshmallow in front of all this adorableness now.

Final rating:Β  yeah, I loved it so a hurricane.

Trigger warnings: one homophobic scene (quickly done and challenged), panic attack.

Thanks to JM and Harper Collins’ International’s generosity, you have 3 chances of winning a copy of the amazing What If It’s Us!

  • The giveaways are taking place on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and on RAFFLECOPTER.
  • They are open internationally (with the exception of the UK, South Africa, Australia, and India, for rights issues, sorry!!)
  • Β  All of the giveaways will end on October 19th.

Enter here for the TWITTER giveawayEnter here for the INSTAGRAM giveawayEnter here for the RAFFLECOPTER giveaway!

Best of luck, everyone!!


Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera, What If It’s Us, Β Published by HarperTeen, October 9th, 2018.

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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?

Did you read What If It’s Us? Do you want to read it?

Are you a fan of Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, or both? Which books from them have you read and enjoyed? Let me know in comments!

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42 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (+ giveaway!)

  1. I LOVE IT SO MUCH THAT MY HEART DOES A 360 EVERY TIME I SEE IT. I’m also tempted to reread it just to get the feels over and over again. I love the points in your review, Marie! I also love how realistic it is and how endearing it is as a story that revolves around faith and destiny. Becky and Adam are just the best. *cries because of the fluff*

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  2. Ahhh Marie, this is such a lovely review, and I’m so happy you loved this book! ❀

    I've been looking forward to reading it ever since it was announced, and you make it sound like the most wholesome and adorable book on earth, I can't wait to finally get to it. ❀ ❀

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  3. I just finished this book the other day and I could not have loved it more!! I related to Arthur SO HARD since I was also a semi-tourist living short term in New York this summer and obsessed with musicals πŸ˜‚ the relationship was so sweet and I felt like the book went by so fast – I wanted to stay there forever!

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    1. AHH that’s so cool ahah, I get why you related to him so much. I LOVED Arthur so much, he was so adorable and endearing ❀
      Agree, the book was so sweet, it went by way too quickly! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❀

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  4. MARIE I LOVED THIS REVIEW. You know how excited I am to read this book, and this has just made me so happy to read and see how much you enjoyed it! I really just can’t wait, thank you for sharing all your thoughts because I’m so eager to finally read it. πŸ™‚

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  5. Great review for this book, and I am so so glad you loved What If It’s Us too Marie. I’ve read this (still need to write my review for it though) and it was a five-star read for me as well. Both Ben and Arthur were incredible characters, I was really invested in their relationship (I had heard some mixed things about the ending but I actually loved it because it felt so real didn’t it?) and I loved the friendships as well, seeing them grow and change and re-form in the case of Ben and some of his friends. πŸ™‚
    Again great review Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Beth! ❀ ❀ I'm so happy you loved it just as well and YES 200% agree with the ending. I understand why some people were a little frustrated, but for me it felt like a very realistic ending and I liked it all the more for that ❀
      Thank you,Beth!! ❀

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      1. That’s all right. πŸ™‚ Yeah as much as I love happily ever after endings it wouldn’t have been realistic in this book, and I feel like it kind of would have ruined the development of Arthur and Ben and everything they went through too. Plus in my mind I imagine they eventually had a happy ending. πŸ˜€

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  6. Ahhh this is such a fantastic review, Marie!! You already know how happy I am that you loved this book. I’m so excited to get my preorder of it on Tuesday so I can read and fall in love with it too. 😍 I’m so happy to hear that it’s adorable and fluffy, yet realistic. I’m extremely excited to read this aahh πŸ’—

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  7. Lovely review Marie πŸ™‚ And I am so happy that you loved this book so much. I haven’t read any book by Adam Silvera. But reading 2 books of Becky till now and about to read Leah soon, I have high expectations from this one as well. but now that you enjoyed it, I am sure I would love it too πŸ˜€
    Aww, why India is excluded from the giveaway 😦 Anyways, I hope I get a chance to read this soon πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! It was such an adorable read, hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did πŸ™‚
      I’m so sorry about that 😦, I’m not the one directly handling the giveaway and it’s because of rights issues :/
      I hope you’ll get to read it soon! ❀

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  8. You made me even more excited to read this one, WHEN I WAS ALREADY OH SO VERY EXCITED! I’ve read all of Becky Albertalli’s books and I love them all, her characters mean so much to me. ❀ Unfortunately, I have only read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera and didn't like it very much, BUT it was his debut and I've heard such great things about his other novels, so I need to give him another chance… Which I'll do with What If It's Us and hopefully it'll make me want to read his other solo novels. Anyway, great review Marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahhh this makes me so, so happy! I hope you’ll get to read it soon, it was a wonderful book ❀ I only read More Happy Than Not by Silvera so far, just as well, but I heard amazing things about his other books too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment Lucie! ❀ ❀

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  9. I am a HUGE fan of both these authors so I was so so excited for this collab ahhh!!! I did love it (although I wasn’t a fan of the ending haha) and it was so so cute and just hilarious?! Like it made me laugh out loud, which is pretty much the best thing for a contemporary super adorable romcom. 😍😍

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    1. I feel like so many people are conflicted about the ending, I personally loved it and found it quite realistic ahah but I understand why it was frustrating for so many people :/
      I’m so happy it made you laugh! It was so, so much fun to read πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so, so much Cait! ❀

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  10. I forgot how much I loved reading your reviews until I read this one! I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a huge contemporary fan, but your reviews of contemporary books have brought so many wonderful books into my life (I still can’t get over how amazing my book club conversations were for Far From the Tree πŸ˜‹πŸ’•).

    Anyways, What If It’s Us sounds beautiful and I can’t wait to read it! The relationship dynamics sound so real and interesting, and if parents are in the book… I’m totally in! Having caring and supportive parents in books is definitely an underrated aspect of stories 😊 Great review, Marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. Awww thank you so, so, so much Zoie, this means the world to me that you enjoy my reviews ❀ ❀ ❀

      It was such a great, fun read and I loved the characters and their relationships so much, they felt so realistic and adorable ❀

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  11. Hi Marie ❀
    Wow this is an amazing review and it makes me want to read this book even more!! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it! I am definitely looking forward to read this one really soon πŸ™‚ I'm very excited to see how a Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera collaboration looks like πŸ˜€

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  12. Hi Marie! That is such a great review and I’m so excited for it! I’m glad you loved it so much. I would love for my meet cute to be in a library or a bookstore because I’m such a nerd.

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