Hello everyone, today I will be reviewing What If it's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli! I am so excited for this book because Adam Silvera is one of my all time favorites and insta-read authors, so of course I freaked out when I found out he was co-authoring a book with Becky Albertalli! Have you read anything by them before? If so, let me know in the comments, and what you thought about it!
Release date: October 9th 2018
Hardcover page count: 448 pages
My rating: 5/5 stars
What If It’s Us is the story of two boys’ summer in New York City. For Arthur, who’s only in the city for the summer, anything could happen between his law-firm internship and love for Broadway. But Ben disagrees with the fact that anything could happen, as he’s stuck in summer-school with his ex-boyfriend. But when the two of them meet-cute at a post office as Ben tries to ship off a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things, both of their worlds seem to change in a way they never thought possible. That is, until they get separated. Then reunited. Then go through a multitude of do-over dates. As the summer begins to come to a close, Arthur and Ben must try to figure out just the right amount of love they are able to give to each other before it is too late. Or is it already too late?
There were so many amazing parts to this book. For starters, the characters. Both boys were unique in a way I have rarely seen characters be. Arthur was a ADHD aspiring Yale student whose sky-high grades and fancy internship make him seem like a serious and strict student. But really he was a nerdy and talkative boy who was never afraid to speak his mind about injustices and raves about Hamilton and his other favorite Broadway shows on the daily. Ben was a handsome and well put together boy who could’ve easily been one of the popular kids. But inside he was a boy who struggled at school, who wrestled with how to represent his heritage everyday, and secretly spent hours alone in his room working on his book and playing the Sims. The author also created some of the best side characters I have ever read too. Dylan, for example, was the coffee-loving and always-joking friend of Ben’s who constantly had a new girlfriend. Only he also suffered from life-threatening panic attacks. I was in love with how realistic these characters were, and how they each felt like people I see daily, from girls obsessed to social media followings, to secretly grieving boys.
These characters and their traits of course went greatly with the overall feel of the book. They were constantly joking, but were serious, went on cutesy dates, but had deep conversations about identity and worry. It is no surprise that they went along beautifully with the city of New York. Through the bustling streets and constantly moving crowds, I always felt like I was with them as the story progressed, almost like I was a friend of theirs. This is what I think made the plot feel especially special. In no sense did it feel like the plot was happening to them as twists and turns just fell casually into their laps. It felt like they were real people finding their way through the awkward days of a beginning of a relationship, with nothing too dramatic happening to make them feel fake, and nothing too boring to make the plot feel like it was not progressing.
Of course this review would not be complete without mentioning the beautiful writing of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. Like watching a swoony sitcom, their writing was some of the more immersive prose I’ve read in ages. Written in the voices of their main characters, two teen boys, but still filled with beautiful and relatable sentences, it often felt like we were getting to look out of Arthur and Ben’s eyes in real time. In a world where contemporary books can often come of flat, this was amazing.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! As a fan of both of these authors, I was so excited for this book, and justifiably so. If you love cute LGBT contemporary romances that tell stories way deeper than the romance of two boys, that are bound to make you swoon over the smallest of gestures, this is definitely the book for you. Filled with modern-day references and current issues, What If It’s Us is not a book to be missed. Great for ages 13+
I hope that you enjoyed that review! I loved this book so much as it is so different from the romance books that we have seen over the years because of it's LGBT representation. If you have not checked this book out already, you definitely should as soon as possible!
Until next time,
Hello everyone, today I am taking part in the Map of Days blog tour! I am so excited to be a part of this tour because I have grown up reading the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books, and the fact that there is a fourth book that I get to help promote is amazing! So without delaying anymore, here is my post!
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Hardcover Page Count: 496
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery--a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe.
Clues to Abe's double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited--truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop.
Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom--a world with few ymbrynes, or rules--that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine's peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure--full color.
Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.
Picking up where Library of Souls left off, A Map of Days continues Jacob’s tale with the Peculiars. Now back in Florida with the rest of his friends, Jacob thinks that the hardest thing he’ll have to do is teach them how to be normal. But with the discovery of Jacob’s grandfather’s subterranean bunker, clues to his double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, revealing long hidden secrets. As Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he’s inherited him and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom.
This book was an amazing return to the world of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. For starters, the writing was even more beautiful then I remembered. Often times when an author of a book I liked as a child comes out with a new book in the same universe, the writing comes off as a tad childish and meant for readers the same age I was when I originally read them. But not once during this book did I think that. As soon as I read page one, I knew that this would not be like other books, and that it will stand out beautifully.
The characters followed this theme as well. When I began the book, I expected them to be the same old characters I loved from the original trilogy that maintain the spirt of the time I originally read them, but they were not. It wasn’t that they were different in anyway, but like they had somehow matured since Library of Souls without it being overdone. I love these qualities because it shows that the author can both keep with the times and captivate his original audience, but also keep newer readers on the edge of their seats.
The plot was yet another thing that kept with this theme. As a reader of the original trilogy, I was always looking forward to the day when Jacob’s parents get to meet Miss Peregrine and the rest of the Peculiar children. And though we did ~almost~ get it, it wasn’t until Map of Days that it finally happened for time. This of course is not a spoiler as it happens in the first two chapters, but I do think it is a defining moment. I think this because for so long, readers have been waiting for certain things, like this, to happen. And now, Riggs is embracing that and fueling his fans in a beautiful way, a way that is also full of promise for the rest of this series.
A Map of Days is the first book in the continuation of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. Appealing to both fans young and old, it would be hard to be disappointed in this thrill ride as it proves that even childhood favorites can continue to grow.
I hope that you enjoyed this post! I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this tour and that I was able to promote a book from a series that I loved so dearly in my childhood. Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for including me! If you are interested in this book, don't hesitate to check it out along with the rest of the series.
Until next time,
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