Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Surprise! An actual review from me! 📚🎉 What If It’s Us has been on my TBR since I found out Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera were writing it together. I was curious how it would come out, with Becky’s tendency for warm fluffy endings and Adam’s tendency to destroy every molecule of my feelings basically from beginning to end. Before we dive into the review, here’s the TW/CWs I remembered to mark. As always, if I missed one you noticed while reading please let me know in the comments or via this form.
- colorism? (I’m not sure what it’d be called, but it is confronted on the page.)
I love the amount of character development that went into the characters because, even if it wasn’t a lot in some cases, it always felt like just the right amount. I can’t give any examples without spoiling part of the story, so I’ll just say that the character development didn’t leave me wanting. Both Arthur and Ben are beautifully developed. Also, surprisingly, was Dylan who is actually my favourite character from the novel. The bromance between Dylan and Ben is perfect.
The entire story is set in New York City. I’m assuming it’s 2018 because of both the general feel of the world building (and slang used) and Friday the 13th falls in July during the book. (I guess it could be 2012? But, again, the slang…) I’ve only been to the city once and didn’t get much of a feel for it because it was only for a few hours (I will NEVER drive there again). The way the city is built up in What If It’s Us is enough for it to be immersive, which I love and is generally what I hope for.
The story itself? I LOVED it! I went in with mixed but high expectations and they were blown away. The plot twists didn’t seem very twisty to me as a reader, but I think they were more the kind that’s meant for the character than for the reader, which seems to be Becky Albertalli’s style. Looking it them from this perspective, the twists were perfect. I love the speed at which the story progresses and, for the most part, I also love how it progresses. I also loved the ending. I feel like it really does the story and characters justice.
Honestly, this is the contemporary novel I didn’t know I needed to read and I’m really glad I decided to pick it up. It was just enough fluff with just enough reality and just… read it. It definitely isn’t set up for a sequel, but I kinda hope Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera get together and give us one anyway. Or maybe a novel in the same universe? (I’m lookin’ at you, Dylan and Samantha!)
Overall, I rate What If It’s Us 4.5 out of 5 bookworms. But don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself!
Do you read contemporary fiction? What are some of your favourites?