I’ve always been quite a fan of Adam Silvera, a New York Times bestselling YA author. He previously wrote More happy than not, History is all you left me and They both die at the end, which I absolutely loved and broke my heart.
I can’t really say the same about Becky Albertalli. She previously wrote Simon vs. The homo sapiens agenda (which I never finished), Leah on the offbeat and The upside of unrequited (The only one I finished and enjoyed). I do have to say that I did watch the film Love, Simon and absolutely loved it.”
“But maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.”
Their collaboration resulted in a cute but somewhat boring (?) story about Arthur, which is only in New York City for the summer, and Ben who’s trying to get over a recent breakup and on his way to the post office carrying a box full of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
They both meet at the post office but forget to give each other their details. So about 30% to 40% of the book is about them trying to find each other back in some way.
Spoiler alert: They do meet again and there’s some type of romance coming out of it, of course.
That’s what I mean with somewhat boring, most of the book is very predictable and at some point it kinda just get very.. Long and boring. Which is why it took me a year (!) to finish this book as it kinda put me off reading. Now I do have to say that the story gets interesting once you’re 60% into the book. There’s more stuff happening, you get to know them and their friends a lot better and the story doesn’t has a wonderful happy ending.
Do I recommend this book? I do as at some point it really moved me and I was glad I did finish the book and didn’t gave up on it as the story itself is really beautiful. It’s also known now that What if it’s us will become a film so I’m excited to see if it’ll be like the book or maybe, hopefully, better.
“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”