“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.”
Arthur is staying in New York for the summer while interning at his mom’s law office. While out getting coffee one day, he runs into the boy of his dreams at the post office. This boy is going to send a package back to his ex-boyfriend, but the postage is more expensive than anticipated. Before they can exchange names, the dream boy is gone. Some might give up at this point, but Arthur knows that the universe brought them together, and the universe will bring them together again.
Meanwhile, dream boy, AKA Ben, is not having the best summer. He has to attend summer school with his ex. Ben’s best friend Dylan, who is girl crazy, has a new girl he is seeing. So Ben is feeling both stupid and lonely.
To help Fate along, Arthur decides to post a Missed Connections notice at a coffee shop. Dylan’s girlfriend finds the notice and gives it to Ben. Arthur and Ben find each other and everything is perfect! Well, maybe not perfect. They come from very different backgrounds- Ben’s family is poor and Arthur’s is rich, Arthur will be headed to Yale next year, Ben is in summer school and has no idea what he’ll do after graduation, if he graduates. They also have to deal with slightly clashing personalities and end up having to redo their first date a couple times to get it just right.
The worst of it is when the constantly late Ben plans the date of Arthur’s dreams but accidentally ruins it with his flakiness. That one hurt. The universe brought them together, but their relationship has a lot of obstacles, biggest of which is what will happen when Arthur leaves the city after the summer.
I really love Becky Albertalli’s books, and while I haven’t read any Adam Silvera, I definitely have his stuff on my To Read list. So, I was psyched for What If It’s Us, and I really enjoyed the story. The characters are a lot of fun, not just Ben and Arthur. It’s a really sweet love story, and I’m glad I read it.
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