What If It’s Us book review


Hailey Cingel, Staff writer

    What If It’s Us is a novel co-written by bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.  Each chapter rotates between the two main characters point of view: Arthur and Ben. The novel is about a chance meeting at a post office in New York.  

   Arthur is in the city for the summer interning for his mom’s law firm and struggles to enjoy the sights and attractions because he misses his home and friends in Georgia.  

   On the other hand, Ben has lived in New York his entire life. He is stuck in summer school for his vacation because he spent his junior year having fun instead of studying.

   The two meet out on the street where Arthur decides to follow Ben inside of the post office because he’s curious, and Ben is heading in to ship off the box full of memories from his last relationship. 

   Their story seemingly ends when Ben disappears without saying goodbye. Throughout several chapters, Arthur finally manages to find Ben, and their real story begins.

   Silvera and Albertalli spent about a third of the book explaining how Arthur found Ben again rather than developing their relationship. The authors chose to talk about the boy’s best friends and their individual story lines so much that it was hard to tell that the book was about Ben and Arthur’s story.

     Although the concept of the novel was great- the idea that the “Universe” means for things to happen and that fate brought them together- the book leaves readers wondering what will happen to the pair in the future.

   Compared to her earlier works, this novel is not one of the best written by Albertalli.  The Simon Versus The Homosapiens Agenda (Love Simon) author goes too off topic of the main story line for the reader to fully enjoy the book.

   By the end of the novel, the reader is left with the question, what if it is them?  But, what if it’s not?