YA FICTION REVIEW: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera #LGBTQIA #minireview #NetGalley

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are wonders. Together, I feel as though a masterpiece was born.

‘What if it’s Us’ is a beautiful story that is romantic, powerful, relatable and so gosh darn cute I think I died several times over. I don’t want to give away too much, but the characterisations of Arthur and Ben were so perfect for this story. Both characters came together with their own strengths and weaknesses; the narrative itself was one which did not sugarcoat emotional anxieties, but instead, I felt that both Albertalli and Silvera wrote the realities of a relationship and of growing up, without artifice. In Young Adult fiction, there needs to be more of this rawness in storytelling.

Although I could go on for thousands of words about Arthur and Ben and their story, I will keep it short. However, the reason as to why I only have this book a 4 out of 5 stars is because of two things. Before I delve into the reason, however, when it was announced that Albertalli and Silvera were to collaborate together, I wondered how their writing styles would work together in a non-abrasive way. I say this because Albertalli is known for her quite light, cute, endearing and happy-ever-after endings and stories; Silvera, on the other hand, writes intense narratives of love and loss, with less-than-happy endings. You can see the conundrum. It was the ending of this book which I felt could have given us more! It felt underwhelming, in my opinion, but I want every love story to end happily and not ambiguous at all. Another point of critique would be the ‘conflict’ that was written. Although it only lasted for a few pages, it felt like there had to be a conflict and it was just, kind of pointless. Although I do understand its purpose, to push the narrative to the next stage and of course, the relationship between Ben and Arthur, I just wanted more for these two incredible characters.

Overall, a fantastically written novel that is so utterly pure and beautiful, that it will make you laugh, smile and cry buckets.

2 thoughts on “YA FICTION REVIEW: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera #LGBTQIA #minireview #NetGalley

  1. ‘Together, I feel as though a masterpiece was born…’ Okay, I HAVE to read this now. Onto the TBR it goes…

    Adam Silvera books have been constantly recommended to me recently but I haven’t read anything from him, or, if I’m being honest, Albertalli. I think I might need to change that. It’s interesting what you say about their conflicting writing styles, and it’s great that they were able to make that work for this book.

    It’s a shame the ending was underwhelming but it’s good that it didn’t take away from the rest of the book – nothing worse than loving a book UNTIL you get to the ending and then having to hate it because the ending was such a letdown! Great review!

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    1. thank you so much Kelly! Yes, Adam Silvera is one of those authors that you need to read – emotionally, he will kill you haha but he is a great writer. Albertalli has her moments – this book and Simon Vs. but Leah on the Offbeat was not very good haha. I really think you will enjoy What if it’s Us! xxx


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