Book Review: “What If It’s Us”
A collaborative novel written by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, “What If It’s Us” takes you into a world from the perspective of two teenagers living completely different lives, defying all of the universe’s signs to find their way back to each other. The story revolves around two main characters: Arthur, a musical-loving, extrovert, and lover of any sign from the universe visiting New York for the summer because of his mom’s job. Ben, a closed-off, native New Yorker trying to get through a breakup with no faith that the universe has any intent on helping him out. Everything changes for them when Arthur runs into Ben taking a box of his ex boyfriend’s things to the post office. The two immediately felt a spark when talking to each other, except when a marriage proposal flash mob interrupts their meeting, Ben runs out of the post office with no knowledge of Arthur besides his name.
Now, Ben and Arthur have to find a way to come across each other again in the middle of one of the most populated places in the United States, New York City. Even if they do find each other again, there is no answer of if they would make it work and allow for their problematic world to collide. With Ben going to summer school with his ex, trying to find a will to move on, while Arthur is stuck in New York with no one and his two best friends are left alone back home. Despite all of the signs that Ben and Arthur should take their encounter and forget about it, what if they could find each other again and against all odds make it work?
Looking back on this novel, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the storyline and seeing what would take place in this unpredictable novel. I would highly recommend this book to individuals who enjoy reading a feel-good, romantic comedy genre. I really appreciated all of the modern awareness that the book shed light on, such as racism and hardships that the LGBTQ+ community face daily. Reading a lighthearted book that I could not put down really brightened my month, and I would reread this book all over again in the future. All in all, this story was worth the read, and I am glad I got to experience the world of Ben and Arthur while also questioning parts of my life as well.