Review of What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (digital arc)

 

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

 

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?

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Adam Silvera & Lauren Oliver book event and signing

 

I’m finally getting a chance to make a post about this book event.  Thursday October 5th, my best friend and I were able to attend another book event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL.  This one was for Lauren Oliver and Adam Silvera.

 

 

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Review of They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My thoughts:

Adam Silvera makes me cry.  Holy crap.  I hardly ever cry when reading, but I’ve cried twice this year and both books were by Adam.  They Both Die At The End is pretty different from History Is All You Left Me, but it had the same effect on me.  Maybe even more.  I knew they were going to die when the book ended, but it didn’t matter.  I cried.

It all started with the author note.  It was beautifully written and shows what an amazing human being Adam Silvera is.  He has a way with words that just makes you feel.  And the characters start to feel like real people, people you actually know and care about.

I loved the diversity in this book.  Another thing I enjoyed was the extra people.  The short little chapters about different people Mateo and Rufus met or people who had some part in their day.  It reminded me a bit of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star. That is one of the things I love about her story telling, too.  Deidre was one of the other characters and I really loved her idea on reincarnation. That you can find out when and where you’ll be reincarnated so that your loved ones can find you.  These little stories really added to the book for me.

But the real story was Mateo and Rufus.  The way they brought out the best in each other was so heartwarming.  I knew things would end badly, but I kept hoping that they would live.

There were so many incredible quotes from this book.  I’m going to add a few that really show how incredible and touching this book is.  Since this is an arc, the wording can change, but I hope these stay exactly the same.

“I may not be able to cure cancer or end world hunger, but small kindnesses go a long way.”

“Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I’m going to die today, and I’m more alive now than I was then.”

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships.  Some you’ll discover you should put behind you.  Others are worth every risk.”

“You didn’t just keep me alive, you made me live.”

I can keep going on and on.  This book is full of emotion and I hope you all get a chance to read it soon.

They Both Die At The End will be published September 5th (the end day) 2017 by HaperCollins.

Add it to Goodreads here.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for giving me a chance to read this book.

Adam Silvera will be touring this fall.  I am hoping to attend the event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on October 5th.   You can pre-order the book here to get in the signing line.