I don’t read YA really, at all. However I got given a proof copy of What If It’s Us at the BA Conference a couple of weeks ago and then found out a couple of days ago that it’s coming out on the 18th October and thought, how cool would it be to read a book and share my opinion on said book before the book even comes out, like other bloggers do.
Now, when I say I don’t read YA, I did read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This one is no different.
The proof is 433 pages long and I read the whole thing before lunchtime.
I loved it.
I wasn’t checking page numbers to see how much there was left to go, like I’ve found myself doing lately, I was just reading and getting totally gripped by the story and the characters.
So, What If It’s Us is a story about an unlikely meeting between two boys as one is trying to dispose of a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. They get separated by a flash mob before catching each other’s names and the first part of the story follows Arthur (Art) trying to find, or let the “universe” find Box Boy again.
There’s ups and downs, cookies and panic attacks, coffee and ill-fitting suits. And love rectangles. It is great.
Maybe I should read more YA? I always feel like there’s such a difference between YA and adult fiction, particularly in the way YA is so happy to address the emphasis social media and technology have on our lives. Love also seems more important, more new, more special when you’re young. I don’t know, it makes me feel nostalgic, hopeful.
Definitely going to read more Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.
I do love a co-written story.
TLDR: you need to read this book. I don’t care how old you are.