What If It’s Us

What If It's Us

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Becky Albertalli

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Adam Silvera

Synopsis:

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 quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

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?

Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of both of these authors, so them writing a book together is pretty much an awesome collaboration in my eyes. Whilst I do prefer their writing separately, I still very much enjoyed reading Arthur and Ben’s story. It is heavily romance based, so if that’s not your thing then I wouldn’t recommend this. If, however, you’re looking for a sweet YA read then What If It’s Us could be the book for you!

The story revolves around a first meeting of Arthur and Ben. They meet at a post office when Ben is returning his ex-boyfriend’s belongings. They end up chatting and connecting but never sharing contact details. After a while, Arthur and Ben manage to reconnect and this is where their story really starts to take off. There are so many bumps along the way. Their foundations are so shaky and you never know whether they’re going to get things together. Added to that, Arthur doesn’t live in New York so will they manage a long distance relationship?

If you’re into really plot heavy books, then this book may put you off. I usually prefer to read a book with a decent plot, but for this book, the character’s really did warm my heart and made me want to read their story, even if it wasn’t the most full plot.

Arthur was a bundle of energy and could be a little frustrating as a character but on the whole I thought he was a cute character. Ben was the more relatable of the two of them, I think. He very much enjoyed being inside, playing Sims and writing. My sort of person for sure. Ben does move on rather quickly from his break up and I did question that, but it didn’t necessarily affect my enjoyment of the story as a whole. Sometimes these things happen, we don’t know when someone might walk into our lives.

Becky and Adam as the authors made a wonderful team in my opinion. There was a great balance of humour and softer moments. I enjoyed reading this book and I’m pleased I got around to reading it!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This was an incredibly cute story that really warmed my heart. Perfect for fans of YA Contemporary.

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This Week In Books #131

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

Anatomy of a Scandal

I’m about halfway through this book. I can see why people think it’s very relevant for what is going on in the world right now! I hope to read more tonight and have a review out soon!

THEN-

What If It's Us

It took me a while to read this book because I was so busy, however, I did really enjoy it. It definitely warmed my heart.

NEXT- 

Love Songs & Other Lies

I meant to read this book last month so I’m trying to make sure it gets read this month! I’m looking forward to a lighter read!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #130

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

What If It's Us

I keep intending to find time to read this in the evening but I have been pretty swamped with work! Hopefully tonight I can get some read. The authors are two of my favourites and I’m intrigued to see what their work is like together.

THEN-

The Innocent Wife

This is the next book that I will be ‘Talking About’ with Beth. I enjoyed it, but wasn’t particularly blown away.

NEXT-

Love Songs & Other Lies

I meant to read this book during October, but I haven’t had that much time to read! It looks like an easy to read book!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post.

The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag- 2018 Edition

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I did this tag last year (albeit a little late) and I enjoyed it, so I thought I’d bring it back. It’s been going around the blogosphere and BookTube a lot recently. Here are my answers with book images going  to Goodreads.

Best Book Read So Far in 2018

This one is so hard for me because I’ve read some crackers this year. However, it has to be A Thousand Perfect Notes.

A Thousand Perfect NotesBest Sequel

Leah On The Offbeat wasn’t so much a sequel as a companion, but I had to mention it.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

New 2018 Release You Have Not Read Yet

There’s been so many. I really need to get on it…

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Most Anticipated Read of 2018 That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

#Murdertrending

I’m intrigued by this one. It seems to be going down well!

Biggest Disappointment

My Husband’s Lies

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book. I think I expected it to be something it wasn’t. The writing was good, but the plot wasn’t for me.

Biggest Surprise

Turtles All the Way Down

I expected to hate this book, but I didn’t! I’m not the biggest fan of John Green, but the representation of anxiety impressed me.

Favourite New To Me Author

When Dimple Met Rishi

I really enjoyed Sandhya’s writing!

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t have fictional crushes often. How sad!

Book That Made You Cry

They Both Die at the End

The tears! Aw, this book broke my heart.

Book That Made You Happy

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel! 🙂 It was so touching!

Most Beautiful Book You Bought

The Surface Breaks

This book looks even more beautiful in the flesh! 🙂

Books You Have to Read in the Rest of 2018

There are SO many. I’ll link my Summer TBR…

If you’ve posted a Mid Year Freak Out post, please leave me a link so I can see what your reading year has been like so far!

Leah On The Offbeat (Creekwood #2)

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
The Upside Of Unrequited

Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, especially after loving Simon so much. I did approach it with some trepidation though. As I often do when I hype books so much. Pffft, why do I do it? That said, this book was not a disappointment to me at all. I really enjoyed it and thought it was an awesome addition to Simon’s world. I had some moments when I actually laughed out loud. Although Simon features, this is definitely Leah’s story and I was totally okay with that.

Leah On The Offbeat explores Leah’s feelings towards one of her friends. Like Simon in the previous book, Leah hasn’t yet come out. She’s bisexual and doesn’t feel ready to tell this to the world. She’s not as brave as Simon was. The characters are now in their senior year of high school and thinking about moving on to college, making some important decisions for the future.

I loved Leah in her own story. I thought she was funny and completely true to herself. I loved her sarcasm and how she was quite moody. She was blunt about her own weight and discussed how many people equate skinny to pretty even if they don’t intend to.

Leah, Simon and their group of friends are so fun to follow. They are such an easy group of friends to root for. I love how Becky Albertalli’s books deal with real issues but essentially they are books that uplift you and give your some joy despite the doom and gloom that real life can bring sometimes.

You don’t need to have read Simon to read this book, but it’ll enhance your experience if you do!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Whereas it didn’t quite match my beloved Simon, it was still a decent read that I quickly devoured!

This Week In Books #110

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Wildflowers Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2) My Husband’s Lies

NOWThe WildflowersHarriet Evans– I’m almost finished this book which I’m reading for the Talking About feature that I do with my sister, Beth.

THEN Leah On The OffbeatBecky Albertalli– Loved this book! Not quite a 5 star read for me though. My review will follow in a week or so!

NEXTMy Husband’s LiesCaroline England– I am looking forward to this thriller.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #193

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

I am SO excited to read this book which I’m going to read before my other books that I’m ‘meant’ to be reading. It’s Becky Albertalli! It seems silly not to…

I Was Born For This

I didn’t like Alice’s debut as much as her second novel, but her second novel gave me high hopes for this one!

The Surface Breaks

This picture does not give the stunning cover justice It is seriously one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a while. I am so excited to read Louise’s reimagining of The Little Mermaid. 

Seven Days of You

I meant to read this book last year but never got around to it, due to some less favourable reviews. I want to give it a chance though.

What did you add to your shelves this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to your posts!