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October 2018

What If It’s Us

By Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli

Arthur is only visiting New York for the summer, but a trip to the post office brings the teen face-to-face with a dreamy, box-carrying young man; they flirt but then quickly lose sight of each other during a flash mob. Arthur is crushing on “box boy,” but will he ever see him again?

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Arthur is only visiting New York for the summer, but a trip to the post office brings the teen face-to-face with a dreamy, box-carrying young man; they flirt but then quickly lose sight of each other during a flash mob. Arthur is crushing on “box boy,” but will he ever see him again? With only a crumpled shipping label as a clue, Arthur begins his search, and through social media sleuthing and a missed connection poster, he finally finds Ben. Their attraction is mutual, but lots of forces are conspiring against them, and they wonder if they are meant to be together (albeit temporarily) or if the universe is trying to send them a bigger message.

Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not) are stars of young adult fiction thanks to their authentic depictions of gay characters, and this collaboration will certainly boost their popularity. This not-to-miss addition to the YA canon seems tailor-made for a movie adaptation.

 

This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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What If It’s Us

What If It’s Us

By Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli
HarperTeen
ISBN 9780062795250

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