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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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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Abertalli — April 7, 2018

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Abertalli

download (1)Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed.

This book was GOLD!!!! I feel like I have never read anything that beautiful before!!! Even though it is set up like a classic contemporary the style was different somehow. There were lots of details about the friends and the issues that gay people, mainly high schoolers, go through everyday. I also enjoyed the emailing aspect. It was so amazing that these two kids don’t know each other yet they do know each other. With that, I have to talk about the amazing characters and the plot. The characters were so sweet and I loved them. The plot was very interesting and it was paced just right. With that, I’m going to move on and talk about everything in more detail.

The characters were very realistic. Some of them were kind, amazing people and some of them were irritating little pieces of scum that I wanted to leave the school and never come back. Simon’s friends were very well done and I enjoyed reading about them because they were awesome and had each others’ backs. That was the kind of friendship that I love and wish that everyone had. I loved how intense Ms. Albright got about things that she cared about. It is amazing how much a teacher can change your life. For better or worse.

My favorite character was Ms. Albright. She was amazing!!! I loved how she stood up for what was right, even when she was standing alone. She was also pretty funny. I wish that we learned more about her. She took issues head on and made sure that her goals were achieved. I loved how strong she was. I wish that I had a teacher like her.

The plot was very engaging. I think that the Martin scenes were very well done. There was lots of tension but there were also moments of happiness and simplicity within Simon’s friend group which was amazing!! The moments of truth were so sweet and amazing to read about. Friendship dynamics are pretty hard to write (in my opinion, but it just mean that I’m bad at writing friendships) but Becky did it perfectly. There was also the friends to enemies dynamic in there as well that was done very well. The whole social life of Simon was written very well and it makes me want to pick up all the books by Becky and read them. 

The setting was very descriptive. I could envision myself walking down the hallways of the school with Simon and his friends, I could envision myself doing drama with the Simon and the rest of the club, and my favorite scene of all, rocking out of Emoji. Emoji sounds like the best band ever. Almost as good as getting an email from someone as sweet and caring as Blue, their emails were amazing and so sweet and they took my heart and smashed it. They talked about important things and I wish them a happy ending!!!

So as you have probably deduced, I loved this book so much and I highly recommend it to everyone!!!! If you haven’t read this book go pick it up. I command thee!!! This book also fills the Featuring a Gay MC for the 2018 Book Bingo challenge. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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