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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera — December 2, 2018

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

download (1)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.

What If It’s Us was such a great book!!! Arthur and Ben were the greatest characters, and I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. The plot was very well-written and I loved the LGBTQ+ representation. The setting was quite detailed, even though I’ve been only to NYC once, I can tell. This book pulled on my heartstrings and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Becky and Adam’s writing style combined made for a wonderful book, full of joy and gut-wrenching moments. Becky and Adam have two very different writing styles, yet somehow they manage to make it work. I really liked how the dialogue was written. It could be really funny at times, but other times it could be very pessimistic. The combined writing style was definitely one of the most unique styles that I have read. At least for a while. If you like unique writing styles, this is the book for you.

Arthur and Ben were so sweet!!! I shipped them together from their first encounter, which made the ending so much harder. All of the side characters were also well-developed and I loved hearing them with Arthur and Ben. Arthur and Ben were both well-written and detailed. I loved learning about their likes, dislikes, and basically everything about them. I really enjoyed listening to the characters dialogue. It had me laughing out loud at some points, and begging some of the other characters to reconsider their words at others. Arthur, Ben, and the whole crew were so great and I hope that we get a sequel.

The LGBTQ+ representation was spot on. I loved the way that everyone dealt with Arthur and Ben’s coming out. I was touched by how Becky and Adam portrayed New York. Apparently, it isn’t the LGBTQ+ paradise that all of us other Americans are lead to believe. I thought that the representation would be a little bit better considering that both Becky and Adam have written books with LGBTQ+ characters before, but it is better than some books featuring LGBTQ+ characters that I read (you don’t want to know).

The plot was very well-written. It was an easy contemporary to read and I enjoyed it. I wish that we saw Arthur and Ben together more in the first part of the book, though. I really liked how well the sense of losing time was conveyed by Adam. He has definitely had practice. I really liked the multiple first dates thing. It was sweet, and I would like to do that one day. The plot was very character based and I loved that. I couldn’t wait to learn more. I loved all of the musical references, especially HAMILTON. You write a book about HAMILTON and I will die.

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What If It’s Us was an amazing and I loved it so much!!! I highly recommend it and any other books by Becky and Adam. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera — November 5, 2018

They Both Die At The End, by Adam Silvera

download (1)In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day, they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

This book hit me with the feels, right in the gut. And of course, when you look at the title, it’s obvious why. I loved Mr. Silvera’s writing style and how well he talked about death. All of the characters were so sweet and I loved how all of them stayed true to themselves. The plot was so well written and I loved it so so much and I can’t wait to read more of Mr. Silvera’s writing.

The writing style in this book pulled no punches. I was heartbroken and I wanted Mateo and Rufus to live (it’s not a spoiler)!!! I loved how Mr. Silvera wrote the different POVs of people that we think are unrelated to the story but then turn out to be critical. I loved the way that the story was laid out, with the different parts of the story. I was addicted to Mr. Silvera’s writing and I can’t wait to read more of his books.

The characters broke my heart!!!! In a good way, but still. I loved all of the main characters and the supporting characters. I was so invested in their story and even though I only knew them for a day, I felt like I had known Mateo and Rufus for years. I loved the way that those two interacted with each other and the supporting characters. I would love to name all of them but I don’t have the space to write about all of them and how they changed the story and my thoughts on Death.

The characters’ thoughts on Death rocked my world. Some of them accepted it and some of them fought it to the end. There was also some talk about whether there was an afterlife or not, which I thought was one of the most interesting parts of this book. I loved the way that the characters asked each other what they thought about the theories that they exchanged. I’ve actually thought about Mateo’s theory, but with a few small changes. I think that I enjoyed the fact that they could joke and laugh about death on their End Day.¬†

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The plot crushed me and I was so sad when they both died at the end. I was also broken-hearted because of some things that happened before Mateo and Rufus died an untimely death. I loved the way that everyone coped with their deaths, as it seemed very realistic and I understood why they were acting that way. I loved how Mr. Silvera was able to make twenty-four hours last 350 (more or less) pages. This book was very nerve-wracking for me, especially towards the end, but that was one of the many things that made this story unique. 

I loved this book so much and I highly recommend it to anyone with a soul. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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