Here’s to Us (What If It's Us) - book cover
Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher : Quill Tree Books
  • Published : 28 Dec 2021
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN-10 : 0063071630
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063071636
  • Language : English

Here’s to Us (What If It's Us)

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera reunite to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, the boys readers first fell for in the New York Times bestselling rom-com What If It's Us.

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?

Here's to Us is sure to be welcomed by fans old and new of these authors and their previous collaboration, What If It's Us. Critically acclaimed and bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents in these smart, funny, heartfelt novels about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together-or pulling them apart.

Editorial Reviews

"Swoonworthy wish fulfillment that checks all the right boxes." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"All characters retain their unique voices and personalities, even though they've aged; they are the people readers expect them to be as they navigate coming into their own." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Teens will be eager to throw themselves back into this heartwarming world." -- School Library Journal

Readers Top Reviews

andyR KSachaAlby
This is a great follow-on story, even though I sometimes had trouble keeping track of who's who (lots of nicknames, different languages, etc.) Loved the ending !
Sarah Atkinson
I was so excited for this sequel & was not disappointed. The whole thing was perfect, & the ending was beautiful & it’s been 24 hours & I still can’t stop thinking about how amazing it was. Buy it. Read it. Scream about it with me.
I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet because it kept being delayed by Amazon. I loved the first book and I love these authors, so I have no doubt this will be amazing once I get the chance to read it. Amazon, however, is a different story. I preordered the book to receive it on release day and it was delayed for 2 days. Okay, whatever. Then, when I was so excited to see it in my doorstep, the book jacket has black grime dots all over it and was beat up along the edges. The book itself is okay without the jacket on, but I waited extra days to receive a dirty product. I decided not to return it to get a replacement because I have been so excited to read it (and anxiously waiting all week for it to arrive), and I refuse to let Amazon keep me from the amazing work of Becky and Adam any longer. If you want to enjoy this wonderful read, I’d suggest choosing a different bookseller.
Travis J.
I really enjoyed the first book. Some of its criticisms are part of what makes it special in my opinion. The first book dealt with real life problems and real life feelings, especially of boys so young. This installment welcomes all the characters back (whom I love all of them), and they (especially Arthur and Ben) have matured by 2 years. It’s refreshing to see where their journeys went and how “the universe” brings them back together in New York. But the universe stops there. They must work through their current circumstances and feelings to see where their own futures go, and if those futures include each other. This installment has the humor and nostalgia (especially if you’ve been to/loved NYC) and great beats of the first one, but different pacing, different conflicts, and an ending that left me smile.
Kenneth Davis
It’s been hard to find a book with such developed down to earth Character from Ben, Arthur, Dylan, and Samantha. The humor is on point it feels like a coming home when you get to read about these characters. Were there such things that could be changed yes, but over all I loved the book and I didn’t want it to end. I would settle for a Samantha and Dylan spin-off! I love those characters so much the dynamic between all of them is so good. The character development is what really resonates with me. As a creative writing major everyone should strive to make their characters developed as these are you felt their pain, fear, sadness, shame. Loved it.

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