Cait’s ARC Review of “Here’s to Us” by Becky Albertali & Adam Silvera

By: Cait Marie

*Originally posted on YA Books Central.

Blurb

Ben survived freshman year of college, but he’s feeling more stuck than ever. His classes are a slog, his part-time job working with his father is even worse, and his best friend Dylan’s been acting weird for weeks. Ben’s only real bright spot is his writing partner Mario, who’s been giving him a lot of Spanish lessons and even more kisses. Mario’s big Hollywood dreams make Ben start to dream bigger—and the choices he makes now could be the key to reshaping his future. So why can’t he stop thinking about a certain boy from his past?

Arthur is back in New York City for the first time in two years, ready to take the theater world by a storm as the world’s best . . . intern to the assistant of an off-off-Broadway director. Of course, it sucks to be spending the summer apart from his sweet, reliable boyfriend, Mikey, but he knows their relationship is strong enough to weather the distance. Which is why it’s no big deal when his ex-boyfriend Ben stumbles back into the picture. And it’s definitely fine that Ben’s blissfully happy with some mystery boy. First loves are special, but it’s way too late for what-ifs. Right?

Even as the boys try to shake off the past, they keep running into each other in the present. Is this the universe trying to tell them there’s a do-over in their future?

Review

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from HarperCollins for my honest review.*
**This book is now available. I’m just behind!

Let me just start by saying, I absolutely loved What If It’s Us. However, I wasn’t super happy with the ending (though, I understand why it had to go that way) and needed more closure. So, when I heard it was getting a sequel, I was beyond excited.

It was absolutely worth the wait.

This is the sequel I needed. It’s perfect.

It was so fun jumping back into this world and reconnecting with Ben and Arthur, and all their friends. Seriously, I missed Dylan’s obnoxiousness. I loved seeing how they’d grown in the two-year gap. They’re all grown up and trying to figure out their place in the world. As well as who they should do so with.

Ben and Arthur each have their new boyfriends, and they happen to be in the same area for the summer when Arthur gets the internship of a lifetime. The two reconnect and try to be friends, but both are feeling the sparks come alive again… not that they ever really left.

Despite the book being almost 500 pages, it felt like a quick read. It was fun and easy to get into. I didn’t want to put it down.

As always, Becky and Adam stole my heart. I love all their books, but there’s just something about this duology, maybe it’s the collaboration, that makes me want to live with these characters forever. I highly recommend reading both books!

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