With thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Hello bookish friends,
Here for another review…
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?
Okay, so first things first I fell in love with this book. The casual references to Harry Potter, Sims, Dear Evan Hanson, Hamilton and many others made it all the better.
Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli have fast become two of my favourite YA contemporary authors. There aren’t many LGBT young adult books where I feel like the characters are relatable to the world and this was perfect. All of their books have a realness to their character’s and the world they create. It is interesting to see the flaws that their characters have because It’s not always about creating a perfect character who never does anything wrong and they portray that in this book and their others so well.
This book made me laugh more than I thought it would, even from the first few pages. Becky Albertalli has a particular humour about her writing which made me smile every time I came to an Arthur chapter. Whereas Adam Silvera has more of a laid-back approach to his writing in the Ben chapters, with feeling and worry within his character.
My heart exploded when this book was announced as it is a win for the LGBT+ community everywhere. Two contemporary YA LGBT writers coming together to form this wondrous book is a dream.
Dylan is a great best friend and I can certainly say he needs a mention as a side character in this review. I love the fact his medical condition was mentioned but not overly hyped. As was Arthur’s ADHD and how he was on Adderall as it was casually mentioned but not a problem for anyone.
The juxtapositions in this book are seamlessly done. They include cultural, societal and wealthy aspects of life that people experience in the everyday world. From Ben worrying about his Puerto Rican heritage to Arthur being Jewish, the small glimpses into their lives are amazing and the cultural references are slipped in so well that it just becomes part of the story. The fact that Ben worries about Arthur’s family coming over for dinner then realises that within the meal that is prepared there is pork which could cause a problem. It educates society on the values and religious aspects of their cultures and world without being too overbearing. The juxtaposition of Arthur’s family being wealthier than Bens is another highlighted point in this novel but it is overcome. Even when both boys realise that its love for a home and the people that live within it that matters most.
I also liked the problems the boys faced within this novel, not just with themselves but with society in general. From people disregarding Bens heritage because he is too white looking to the scene on the train where a father is judgemental about two boys being together. It is meant to make the reader feel angry which it certainly did for me. However, it is also meant to show that not all LGBT books are going to be happy go lucky relationships where everyone is accepting of who these people are.
I think this is one of the realist YA contemporary books I have read in the longest time and even though the ending is not typical of a YA book it fit really well into the tone of the book.
I read this book in one sitting and it was glorious. I cannot wait for it to come out in stores so I can get my hands on a physical copy of it and love it all over again.
I recommend anyone who loves YA contemporaries or has a love for either author and their writing to pick this up as it was amazing! This book comes out on the 9th October and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
As always, happy reading xx