Blog Tour: What If It’s Us (Review + Playlists)

Before Reading:

Ajdjfjfjsfksijak what is air My favorite authors of all time are basically having a book baby! It’s the collaboration of the century! Who wouldn’t want to throw confettis and just dance to the beat of “CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!”? But of course there’s still a certain fear because you never know. Thoughts in my head ran wild, while I kept on asking on what scale this book falls in: will it make me all fuzzy and warm inside or will it downright have me bawling on the floor in a puddle of my own tears?

Still, What If It’s Us easily became one of the books that I have been dying to get my hands on for 2018. So when I got accepted to join the loveliest tour ever (thank you JM at Book Freak Revelations! I love you to the moon and back!), I just set my mood and I went on my journey to New York City.


What If It's UsTitle: What If It’s Us

Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBT

Date Published: 9th of October 2018

ISBN: 0062795252

Series: None

Publisher: HarperTeen


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?

After Reading:



Yeah sorry about that. Brb just going to play Dear Evan Hansen on loop if you will just excuse me. *rocks back and forth singing What It It’s Us*


As a part of the tour, I received an advance e-copy of this book. Huge thanks to HarperCollins International for sponsoring the tour. This does not affect my review and all of the opinions and thoughts reflected here are my own.

Now that I have regained my full composure, let me begin by saying that What If It’s Us is easily one of the best books that I have read for 2018. I should know, I only have two and this was one. Jokes aside, I believe that this book deserves all of the praise that it will receive. It’s not your regular love story – it’s THAT love story in New York that is just too die for.

Having read this book in one day felt like going to an amusement park. I know what to expect because I have the itinerary, but I didn’t expect all of the fun. Becky and Adam are both favorites of mine, but I still lowered my expectations. I know that not every book is going to be perfect. That being said, it is in the simplest way possible. We get an instalove story set in New York. There’s the cutest meet cute, the messiest but downright lovable relationship, and an ending that can satisfy angst in one’s heart. With boys who believe in faith and destiny, missed connections, and in one another… Add a magnetic writing that will not let you put the book down, you get this lovely gem.

I love that there’s a stark contrast between Arthur and Ben; Arthur being such a lovable dork and you can feel his giddiness and eagerness with every flip of the page. There’s this optimism and tone in his voice that makes you want to be his friend. Ben on the other hand is a conflicted lead that you can’t help but root for because of his tendencies and confusion. There’s a feel to his struggle, but at the same time you feel him trying to be better. As their love story slowly (or rapidly) invests you to continue on with the book, their development in their relationship will leave you rooting for them till the end. Sure, it can be a bit dramatic sometimes, but what’s a Broadway play without a little tug on the heartstrings? That’s Arthur and Ben for you; flawed, imperfect, and different in style, but you can’t help but love them both.

To note, What If It’s Us also features a lovely cast that prompts wonderful family and friendship dynamics. Arthur and Ben both have such loving parents who are kind, caring, and supportive in their own ways, and there’s so much love felt. There’s also Arthur and Ben’s friends, who are many to mention but all equally wonderful and lovable. Although, one did shine brighter than the others and that’s definitely Dylan, Ben’s best friend and wingman *wink*. He’s the supporting character that I loved the most, and every moment with him was precious and hilarious. There’s this layer to his character that made him very interesting, making you think that he’s not just there for comic relief, but actually to highlight and add more depth to Big Ben’s character. And the award for best supporting actor goes to…

What also makes What If It’s Us shine is the topics that the boys tackle: Arthur’s conflict with his parents and friends, Ben’s struggle with being passed of as white and dealing with summer school so as to not repeat a grade. Asides from the drama that came with their relationship, I love how the struggles that they had to face ultimately made this book closer to the heart. I can’t quite explain it but this book is so fluffy that it makes you want to cry. Does that make sense?

All in all, What’s If It’s Us is a wonderful collaboration. It’s got that right kick of fluff and angst that leaves you drowning in feels. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s writing style wonderfully fits together like they were meant to be, and they delivered a story that will leave you with the question “Do I just burst because of so many emotions?” What If It’s Us gave us Arthur and Ben, two amazing lads with such chemistry that will leave you rooting for them till the end. With heartfelt takeaways, the Broadway references, and the ambiance of New York City, you’re sure to finish this book with a big smile on your face. In the words of Adam Silvera, “Sounds gay. Can’t wait.”


(Know more about my rating system here.)

And just in case you want something to listen (but oh trust me you need this), I curated these three playlists just for you to get a feel of each perspective.

Now since Arthur is the ultimate Broadway geek, this playlist consists of some of its contemporary offerings. I loved selecting songs from different plays that conveyed Arthur’s feelings throughout the book perfectly.

With Ben, it’s more of a mix. He’s a cool guy, but he’s also got some jam in him. New York is his home, and he’s got some chill on him. With that, he’s also a classics guy at heart. His playlist was harder to curate I have to admit, but all in all it suits him well.

Inspired by the story’s alternating perspectives, this playlist is dedicated to all of the feelings that this book made me feel. Conflict, throwing caution to the wind, and believing in fate; What If It’s Us gives all the feels.


Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta.

Connect with Becky!

Website || Twitter || Instagram || Goodreads

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It’s Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

Connect with Adam!

Twitter || Instagram || Goodreads


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Again, huge thanks to JM at Book Freak Revelations for organizing this tour and HarperCollins for sponsoring.

So… ARE YOU EXCITED TO READ WHAT IF IT’S US? ARE YOU READY FOR ALL OF THE FEELS? Gosh, I seriously need to calm but I can’t help it. I’m attached because I’m in love.

But really, what’s your favorite Becky Albertalli book?

Favorite Adam Silvera book?

Did a book ever make you feel like crying while being happy at the same time?


PH Blog Tour: History Is All You Left Me

Before Reading:

Yes, I am aware that this book will definitely make me cry. Yes, I am aware of the consequences that I will have to face once I start reading. I had a soft spot for Adam Silvera ever since I read More Happy Than Not. Now when it comes to things I cannot turn down, it can be books by authors I love very much, or any fandom stuff in between.

I was genuinely surprised because it was intertwined somehow. Alright, my eyes are ready. I have a bucket, just in case I need more reassurance that I will cry while I read this book. Adam, I give you the permission to tear out my heart again.


25014114Title & Author: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Year Published: 17th of January 2017

Series: None

Pages: 320

Publisher: Soho Teen

Source: Hardback, provided for the tour

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: TBD || Amazon


When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

After Reading:

Some memories have resurfaced, and some tears were shed. I love Griffin, and I love Theo as well. But my heart breaks as I continue to remember them. I swear, Adam Silvera must live off from his reader’s tears. Semi-kidding. Alright, let’s get to the review.


A reader’s mind can conjure a lot of thoughts while reading a certain book. Meanwhile, an author has that power over the reader that can be effectively played out if you add the right tone to it. History Is All You Left Me has the capability to make a reader feel the highest and lowest emotions that can be felt, and there is no in between.

We have history, where we join Griffin as we go through a journey of being true and accepting who he is. We also get a glimpse of what Theo was like, making it somewhat difficult to transition to today. Because like Griffin, Theo is the kind of character that you can easily get attached to. But it’s like a spike in the heart to remember that he has already past in the beginning of the novel. History manages to capture the essence of young love, same-sex relationship, and accepting oneself (re: OCD). How Adam Silvera managed to capture all of that while talking about zombie pirates and alternative universe theories, I will never know how.

But we also have today, in which we join two significant others that left a mark in Theo’s life, one way or another. Dealing with grief and loss is not easy to do, and coping up with it is certainly tough. That is why we also get to see another side of the characters that we did not get to see in history. Today matters because it gives a new light to the brutally honest truth on what everyone has to face in the aftermath. Adam writes with the truth; the beautiful yet heartbreaking truth.

History Is All You Left Me is practically an invisible roller coaster. You cannot see it, but you don’t exactly know that you are on it. You ride it once you start reading, and you will get all of these honest human emotions reflected on every single page. The ride is enjoyable, but it is one that you won’t forget because it has that huge of an impact. If you want to read a book that is beautiful, wonderfully crafted, and a true expression of #ownvoices, then this one’s for you.


(Know more about my rating system here.)


Connect with Adam!

Twitter || His official site || Goodreads || Youtube

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

Alright, I think that was enough tears in one review. Huge thanks to Nicka at Read by Nicka for letting me be a part of this tour. It has been wonderful. ❤

So, have you read History Is All You Left Me? If so, share your feels with me! If you haven’t read it yet, why not? You should soon! Or if you have not yet read a book by Adam Silvera, what exactly are you waiting for? GO PICK UP ONE OF HIS BOOKS BEFORE THE OTHER ONE COMES OUT. You will not regret it, I swear. Now we go big tonight, okay?