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What if it's us /

by Albertalli, Becky [author.]; Silvera, Adam [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, HarperTeen, imprints of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]Edition: First edition.Description: 437 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780062795250 (hardback); 0062795252 (hardback).Other title: What if it is us.Subject(s): Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction | Fate and fatalism -- Fiction | Gays -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionSummary: Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>A New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller!</p> <p>Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in this smart, funny, heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together--or pulling them apart.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?</p> <p>Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.</p> <p>Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.</p> <p>But what if they can't nail a first date even after three do-overs?</p> <p>What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn't try hard enough?</p> <p>What if life really isn't like a Broadway play?</p> <p>But what if it is?</p> <p>What if it's us?</p> <p>Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, or Infinity Son, the first book in Adam Silvera's epic new fantasy series, both coming in 2020!</p>

Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

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Horn Book Review

Ben and Arthur meet-cute in a Manhattan post office, leave without exchanging contact information, and spend the first act trying to track each other down, with a little help from the universe. When they finally locate each other, a series of creative attempts at first dates and do-over dates ensues before the relationship turns more serious. Underlying issues propel their conflicts: class differences, Arthurs impending return to Georgia, misunderstandings about Bens ex-boyfriend. Homophobia plays a brief role; newly out Arthurs insecurities play a more extended one. But mostly, the novel is a happy and often laugh-out-loud-funny rom-com, full of theater and other pop-culture references (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, lots and lots of Harry Potter) and silly banter between Ben and Arthur and within their friend groups. (Particularly Bens, whose straight best friend is refreshingly comfortable being close with him.) The alternating-POV chapters make each protagonists concerns believable and sympathetic as we see the story unfold through their individual perspectives, even as much of the plot hinges on unbelievable luck. shoshana flax (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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