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What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera review and rate :)

Hello Inky Friends,

I was recently selected as an Inky Awards Shadow Judge, and as part of it I was asked to read and review What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, a 2019 silver award long listed novel. Here are my thoughts.

What If It’s Us follows:

Arthur; A Broadway fanatic staying with his family in New York for the summer.

Ben; A boy who is coming to terms with his first major breakup.

After a chance meeting at the post office, the boys leave wondering what exactly the universe has in store for them.

When I first read this book I was super excited as to what it would have in store for me as I was a massive fan of Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda (another novel by Becky Albertalli). This book was incredible but I found that it didn’t really live up to my expectations.

The plot of the book is a good one but I often found it slightly overdramatised and unrealistic given the situation. While I understand that a book needs an amount of drama to be even considered good I often found myself questioning how a book about teenagers could be so dramatic given that they’re all still in high school. As someone who is in high school myself, I found it challenging to relate to the characters due to the situations they were placed in.

However, I really enjoyed the relationships and how they were portrayed in the novel. I really loved the open and loving relationships between both main characters and their parents as it realistic and honestly, very cute. I also really liked the different ways friendships were portrayed in the novel as I got to see wonderful ‘best friend’ friendships as well as the awkward, slowly drifting apart friendships. Both of the friendships being something that most, if not all can relate to.

This book was excellent at portraying minorities without too many stereotypes and was overall very inclusive.

If I had to rate this book I would give it a 7.8/10 as it was definitely a great read but not necessarily something I would read again.

Thank you all for reading my review, I wish this book all the best in the judging and voting processes.


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