What if it’s Us
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Length : 433 Pages, but the font was kinda big and the pages were small so it’s actually not very long.
Rating : Great for its target audience as a piece YA fiction.
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Written by two critically acclaimed writers of the LGBTQ+ scene, Albertalli and Silvera present a piece of YA fiction that, to me, represents a milestone in just how far YA fiction has come. What if it’s Us is centered around a chance encounter and subsequent romance between Ben, who is Puerto Rican, and Arthur, who is Jewish and has ADHD. Ben is written by Silvera, who has Puerto Rican roots while Arthur is written by Albertalli, who is, well, Jewish. This book is the epitome of well written representation, featuring a whole host of unique characters while not making representation its main point and thus ruining it. While I didn’t really connect with either of the main characters well, I cannot argue against the importance of having critically acclaimed, popular LGBTQ+ writers in the YA fiction scene.
This book reads like YA fiction, which means that while the interactions are entertaining and cute, it lacks a lot of substance. Also, it was super hard to tell both the protagonists apart in the first half of the book because their voices were almost the exact same. Either way, it was still a fun read.