What If It's Us (Paperback)
Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“When Arthur goes to New York for the summer, he expects it to be a lot like the Broadway plays he adores. But it's not. Ben, on the other hand, is much more pragmatic, in that native New Yorker way. When they meet, Arthur falls head over heels almost immediately, and his enthusiasm may rub off a bit on Ben...but things don't exactly work out in real life the way they do on stage. With alternating chapters from Arthur's and Ben's points of view, this is another wonderful read from Albertalli and Silvera, and fans of both authors won't be disappointed (fans of musical theater will love it even more).”
— Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
What happens when a Meet Cute becomes a Missed Connection? Arthur is spending one glorious summer in New York City when he runs into Ben (literally), who is on his way to mail a box of stuff back to his ex-boyfriend. They reluctantly go their separate ways, but the interest that sparks between them soon compels them to seek a second meeting, despite the odds and not even knowing each other’s name. With the help of a fabulous supporting cast of friends, Arthur and Ben figure out in funny and delightfully awkward ways whether the universe is trying to bring them together...or keep them apart. This novel is a fun and frothy romance with just the right amount of substance that also serves as a love letter to NYC itself.— Emily
A New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller!
Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can’t decide if the universe is pushing them together—or pulling them apart.
ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
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 nail a first date even after three do-overs?
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?
What if it’s us?
Plus don't miss Here's to Us! Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera reunite to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, the boys readers first fell for in What If It’s Us.
Becky Albertalli is the number one New York Times bestselling author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); The Upside of Unrequited; Leah on the Offbeat; the Simonverse novella Love, Creekwood; What If It’s Us (cowritten with Adam Silvera); Yes No Maybe So (cowritten with Aisha Saeed); and most recently, Kate in Waiting. Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Adam Silvera is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, the Infinity Cycle, and—with Becky Albertalli—What If It’s Us and Here’s to Us. He worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, community manager at a content development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He was born and raised in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. He is tall for no reason. Visit him online at www.adamsilvera.com.
★“Fan-favorites Albertalli (Leah on the Offbeat,2018, etc.) and Silvera (They Both Die at the End, 2017, etc.) join forces in this tale of a New York City summer romance. This joyful romance is both sweet and substantial.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★”A charming, sweet-natured love story between two very different boys.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★“Albertalli and Silvera balance cynicism and starry-eyed optimism to paint an honest, compelling picture of adolescent romance. Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors’ styles will appeal to fans old and new alike.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Two of queer YA fiction’s best writers team up for an infectiously sweet story of young love set against New York’s bustling backdrop. Without a doubt, this is the gay rom-com you’ve been waiting for.” — Entertainment Weekly, “Must List”
“A love story that makes romance cool again. This is how a good romantic comedy should always feel.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
“A happy and often laugh-out-loud-funny rom-com.” — The Horn Book
A Teen Indie Next List Pick — Indiebound
A Best YA Book of the Year — Paste Magazine
A Best Teen Book of the Year — New York Public Library
A Best YA Book of the Year — Bustle
A Best Teen Book of the Year — Chicago Public Library