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?
The category for one of my book clubs was to choose a book from a genre I don’t usually read. For me, that’s a YA romance.
I’d read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and adored Simon’s voice, so another Albertalli book was an easy selection for me. Ben and Arthur are just as charismatic and super nerdy in their own ways. After their meet cute, they finally locate each other in an amusing way. I laughed over some of their conversations and first dates – yes, plural – that were awkward and disastrous. The friendships are done so well, and one of my favorite things about the book, as are the characters’ relationships with their parents.
Yes, it was a bit predictable, but I was so pleased with the ending. No spoilers here. What If It’s Us is heartwarming and amusing with characters you’ll fall in love with, and a pleasure to read.