As always with my review posts, I share a brief plot summary so have in mind that this post contains spoilers.
This is probably one of my longest (time-wise) reads to date probably because it wasn’t the right book to try and cure a book hangover for me but I am glad I chose to finish it instead of shelving it as DNF.
Benjamin Alejo is a high school student from New York who has just gotten out of an unpleasant break-up and his first ever broken heart. He is in summer school after junior year because he paid less attention to what they were studying and more attention to his boyfriend at the time, Hudson.
Arthur Seuss is a high school student from Georgia who is in New York for the summer as he is interning in the law firm where his mother is working. Ben is from a modest Latino family, he loves gaming, coffee and spending time with his best friend Dylan, and Arthur is Jewish, loves Broadway and believes in the power of the Universe.
Naturally, when Ben who is trying to post Hudson’s belongings back to him, meets Arthur, at the post office, Arthur asks the question – what if?
The whole plot was very realistic, even frustratingly so at times (*coughs* the ending). I love that both boys have their own worlds, their own friends and histories and they are very real to me, and I love that their two worlds more or less worked together pretty well.
This is not a book I would recommend picking up if you are going through a book hangover, but it is a book that I recommend picking up if you need a bit of cheering up or if you are looking for a reason to not stop believing in the Universe.
I am grateful to Sam who pushed me to keep reading it and when I put my head into it, this book took about two and half days of focused reading to get done. I am sure that you will fall in love with the dynamic of this world and these characters as all of them are very well fleshed out. Even though, What if It’s Us isn’t a part of the Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda / Leah on the Offbeat world, I would suggest that you read it along with those books as they are overall quite similar.
A quote: “I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommend me some contemporary YA novels! I would love to get more into them!