First Impressions: Reviews of What If It’s Us


Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera‘s collaboration, What If It’s Us, is now available in National Book Store. And there’s just enough time for you to grab a copy and read it before the Becky and Adam book signing tour in November.

What If It’s Us follows the romance that develops between two boys, Arthur and Ben, who first meet at a post office in New York.

Arthur and Ben must decide if the universe is bringing them together, or pulling them apart. But what do critics and bookworms think of it? Let’s find out.


 Adam and Becky were able to perfectly co-author this contemporary, making Arthur and Ben’s individual personalities present, whether they were writing their respective character’s chapters or writing the other’s in their own scenes. I feel their two styles blended together perfectly, creating a cohesive story… – Emma Giordano, 4 out of 5

I loved this book. It was seamlessly and so very beautifully written. The characters felt so real, that I’m still convinced that they have to be real people, walking the streets of New York while you read this review. And the romance? Lord, this was the sweetest, but most realistic, romance I’ve read in years. – Melanie, 5 out of 5 stars

Publishers Weekly

The authors—one known for happy endings, the other for breaking hearts—split the difference believably, and it’s impossible not to root for Arthur and Ben and their many do-overs.

Kirkus Reviews

Their alternating narration, chock-full of witty banter and pop-culture references, also delves into themes of identity and the complexities of relationships, both romantic and platonic. In particular, Arthur’s jealousy over Ben’s ex-boyfriend raises discussions of whether past relationships should be regretted or embraced… This joyful romance is both sweet and substantial.

Shop today and get ready for the book signing tour!

What If It’s Us is available for P459 in paperback and P775 in hardcover in NBS branches nationwide and also online. The rest of Becky and Adam’s books are also available in NBS, so complete your collection and get it ready for the book signing tour in Manila and Cebu on November 10 and 11. Learn more about it here.

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