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Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits? Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn' Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits? Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn't be happier with. But when he comes upon Ben cuddled up with a mystery boy, he starts to wonder if his feelings for Ben ever truly went away. Even as the boys try to focus on their futures, they can't seem to help running into each other in the present. Is the universe forcing them to question if they’re actually meant to be? Possibly not. After all, things didn’t work the first time around. Possibly yes. After all, the sparks are still flying. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and raise a glass. Here’s to celebrating old friends! Here’s to embracing new beginnings! Here’s to believing in second chances!


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Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits? Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn' Ben has spent his first year of college working on his fantasy manuscript with his writing partner Mario, who is a great Spanish tutor, and an even better kisser. So why can’t he stop thinking about the fact that Arthur’s back in town two years after they called it quits? Arthur is in New York for a dream internship on Broadway, with a boyfriend back at home that he couldn't be happier with. But when he comes upon Ben cuddled up with a mystery boy, he starts to wonder if his feelings for Ben ever truly went away. Even as the boys try to focus on their futures, they can't seem to help running into each other in the present. Is the universe forcing them to question if they’re actually meant to be? Possibly not. After all, things didn’t work the first time around. Possibly yes. After all, the sparks are still flying. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and raise a glass. Here’s to celebrating old friends! Here’s to embracing new beginnings! Here’s to believing in second chances!

30 review for Here's to Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    peachygirl

    I got the happily ever after I wanted but I'm so not happy 😭😭😭😭 This was unbelievably messy. There was no character development, so much unnecessary drama with Arthur's and Ben's current boyfriends and the way they got back together was painful to read. I felt so fucking bad for Mikey, so much that I wanted to punch Arthur. The Arthur that I loved and cherished for years, the one I prayed would end up with his Universe picked soulmate. And when he finally did, I was relieved. Not because I was st I got the happily ever after I wanted but I'm so not happy 😭😭😭😭 This was unbelievably messy. There was no character development, so much unnecessary drama with Arthur's and Ben's current boyfriends and the way they got back together was painful to read. I felt so fucking bad for Mikey, so much that I wanted to punch Arthur. The Arthur that I loved and cherished for years, the one I prayed would end up with his Universe picked soulmate. And when he finally did, I was relieved. Not because I was still a fangirl at that point, but that the book was ending. The only saving grace was Dylan and his over the top love story. And the mildly cuteish epilogue. *** Dear God, Becky and Adam, pleaseeeeee let there be a happy ending. I can't take anything else. I really can't.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    *somewhere in the depths of the internet* *a whisper* What if It's Us? Sequel.... Me: Did I just hear the word "sequel"??!! There's going to be a second book? OMG! Will I finally get the ending I always wanted?!! Please internet say "yes"!!! The internet: ... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Damn! >_< *somewhere in the depths of the internet* *a whisper* What if It's Us? Sequel.... Me: Did I just hear the word "sequel"??!! There's going to be a second book? OMG! Will I finally get the ending I always wanted?!! Please internet say "yes"!!! The internet: ... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Damn! >_<

  3. 4 out of 5

    pauline

    what the FUCK

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    Finally! An HEA do-over for the shitty, unsatisfying ending that left me so annoyed and pissed off at the end of book 1. Two years after their mutual split, both Ben and Arthur were in college and were seeing other people, then a sudden, unexpected summer internship landed Arthur back in NYC. With Ben. And old feelings. And guilt. Lots of guilt over feelings that neither of the guys could really control. After all, you can't just tell your heart to stop loving someone, right? I loved Ben and Arthu Finally! An HEA do-over for the shitty, unsatisfying ending that left me so annoyed and pissed off at the end of book 1. Two years after their mutual split, both Ben and Arthur were in college and were seeing other people, then a sudden, unexpected summer internship landed Arthur back in NYC. With Ben. And old feelings. And guilt. Lots of guilt over feelings that neither of the guys could really control. After all, you can't just tell your heart to stop loving someone, right? I loved Ben and Arthur so hard in the first book, so I was thrilled when I heard their story was continuing. I was also going to kill a bitch, if this one didn't end with the well-deserved HEA that *should* have happened in the first book. My favorite parts of this story were the times that Ben and Arthur spent reconnecting, seeing that they still clicked just as well now as they had two years prior. And any scene with Ben's best friend, Dylan? OMMFG, that was the stuff of legends and pure comedic gold, folks. He hadn't changed at all since the first book and I was totally there for all of his craziness and hilarious nonsense. My absolute *least* favorite aspect of the book was how freaking guilty I felt for constantly wanting to push both Mikey (Arthur's boyfriend) and Mario (Ben's would-be-boyfriend) in front of a moving bus, so that Arthur and Ben could finally, blessedly be together again. Which sucked so hard for me, because both Mikey and Mario were in no way bad guys here. Yes, Mikey may have sounded too boring for words, but I did genuinely like him. And Mario sounded pretty amazing, too. And hot. Honestly, I fantasized multiple times about Mikey and Mario falling for one another, to clear the runway for Arthur and Ben, however unrealistic those thoughts might've been. Dare to dream, I guess. I will say that one aspect of this story that I absolutely appreciated was that there was never, not once, even the remotest hint that either Ben or Arthur entertained even a slight possibility of them cheating on their love interests. I did mostly enjoy the book; however, I do have to admit that my enjoyment was constantly tempered by my never-ending internal monologue of, "UGH, they belong together, but they're with other people!", which got tiring quickly. So when their HEA finally arrived, I breathed a gigantic sigh of relief. My only real complaint about their HEA was that, after the last book's terrible ending, it seemed as if the authors wanted to make this one's two-part, years-apart epilogue(s) an exercise in OTT, sappy, next-level sweetness. It was a LOT, and a bit much for my personal tastes. I'd rate this story at around 4 stars, while biting my tongue about the fact that this story would've been entirely unnecessary, if the guys had gotten the HEA they'd more than earned in the first book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    3.5 stars (view spoiler)[I am one of those who wasn't too happy with how book 1 ended and in that regard I found this one more satisfying. Though the authors didn't make it any easier for Ben and Arthur in this one, either, and they still had to work for it. For most of the book both of them are dating other people and it takes a long time for one of them to finally speak up. I felt for them when they had to watch the other one being with someone else. But I also felt for Mikey and Mario, because 3.5 stars (view spoiler)[I am one of those who wasn't too happy with how book 1 ended and in that regard I found this one more satisfying. Though the authors didn't make it any easier for Ben and Arthur in this one, either, and they still had to work for it. For most of the book both of them are dating other people and it takes a long time for one of them to finally speak up. I felt for them when they had to watch the other one being with someone else. But I also felt for Mikey and Mario, because they were genuinely nice people. Especially Mikey. I appreciate that the authors didn't turn them into characters we should hate. It definitely makes things more complicated, but it's also more realistic. I would also like to add that there is no cheating in this story. As much as I liked how the story progressed, I do feel this book was a bit too long and maybe slow at times. I think it would have had more emotional impact on me had it been shorter. Also, the epilogue wasn't my favourite. I found it too cheesy for my taste and epilogues that take place years later rarely work for me. The audiobook was great. I loved that the narrators were the same ones who narrated the previous book. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monte Price

    The minute this book was announced I knew that all of the things that I enjoyed about the first book were going to be erased. Namely because the only thing I really cared about was the epilogue, aka the only part of the book that everyone else hated... So yeah, my expectations were at rock bottom for this book. Look, for the fans who have been hounding the authors to go back and subvert the decent story about two people meeting and falling in love and ultimately walking away with the understandin The minute this book was announced I knew that all of the things that I enjoyed about the first book were going to be erased. Namely because the only thing I really cared about was the epilogue, aka the only part of the book that everyone else hated... So yeah, my expectations were at rock bottom for this book. Look, for the fans who have been hounding the authors to go back and subvert the decent story about two people meeting and falling in love and ultimately walking away with the understanding that they weren't right for each other... yeah, you're going to be happy with this book. If you want canon fix it fic, you'll get that in this book. What you don't actually get though is a plot... You don't get character development. You don't get any reasoning for these characters, namely Ben, to suddenly have a full change of heart and suddenly want to rethink the decision that he made two years ago. Instead what you get are two characters that spend those 400+ pages looking at the series of events that transpired two years ago through rose colored glasses. Even the reasoning behind them reconnecting in the first place feels flimsy at best and not really supported by anything that was happening for the hundred or so pages before our two POV characters are actually in the same place at the same time in this novel. I get that this was marketed to a YA audience, but I wish that literally anything about the prose could have felt a little more nuanced. Especially if we were going to forgo an actual plot, even the traditional beats of a second chance romance felt ignored as both Arthur and Ben have significant others, one up until the last ten percent of the book where the narrative makes a hard left turn into something that they almost certainly hadn't been building toward. It's hard... Even some people who read the first book in the series could have aged out of the target demo in the time spent waiting for this book to be published and I don't feel like the narrative choices here grew with them. Maybe I'm just old and spiteful because I kinda liked the idea that out there was this sort of bittersweet story that didn't give you everything you wanted... And while maybe there was probably no way to please me personally I do wish that the story at least tried a little harder to sell the actual story it ended up telling. Instead I got this, a book that reads like 400+ pages written by authors trying to please fans upset with how they told a story the first time... Honestly if this was how they saw Arthur and Ben's story ending this is the book they should have written the first time, particularly if the follow up was always going to be this shallow and treat all the characters, side and main, this shallowly.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rashi Malik (yashaswini)

    THE SYNOPSIS IS HERE! _________________________________________ Arthur and Ben needdeserve a happy ending. Period. Just reread What If It's Us, and realised how much more I actually need this to exist. I'm not sure if I made any sense, what I basically meant was... That's totally me rn!!! I need this rn!!!!!! (See the exclamation marks!? Totally Arthur!) I literally want to rate this 5 stars without even reading it, but that would be unethical ig. Also, the cover's so fucking pretty! I want this!!!!!!!!! THE SYNOPSIS IS HERE! _________________________________________ Arthur and Ben needdeserve a happy ending. Period. Just reread What If It's Us, and realised how much more I actually need this to exist. I'm not sure if I made any sense, what I basically meant was... That's totally me rn!!! I need this rn!!!!!! (See the exclamation marks!? Totally Arthur!) I literally want to rate this 5 stars without even reading it, but that would be unethical ig. Also, the cover's so fucking pretty! I want this!!!!!!!!!! (Even better than Arthur🥴? Huh?) I should probably go take a chill pill 😅 ________________________________________ Pre-rereading What If It's Us Thoughts Wow! We got a title! I did think this might be a sequel to What If It's Us. Feels nice to have been correct.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maisha Farzana

    ⚜️ Here's to the most epic disaster of the year. And it's only 2nd of January. ⚜️ For such a long time, I waited for this book to come out. God knows how many I checked Google and Goodreads to see if it has been released or not; how frustrated I was to see the release date being pushed further away more than once. And now, I get This? I'm disappointed beyond any extent right now. I guess the joke is on me. Disappointments are bound to come when you get yourself attached to the characters too much ⚜️ Here's to the most epic disaster of the year. And it's only 2nd of January. ⚜️ For such a long time, I waited for this book to come out. God knows how many I checked Google and Goodreads to see if it has been released or not; how frustrated I was to see the release date being pushed further away more than once. And now, I get This? I'm disappointed beyond any extent right now. I guess the joke is on me. Disappointments are bound to come when you get yourself attached to the characters too much. But this is me! I easily get attached to fictional characters. First, I got stood up by this book and now I have to shelve a broken heart. My soul is crushed. Gosh! How much I want to hate the book. But I can't. I hated most of the part of the story. Yet, some of it, were like dreams come true. The confusing-est situation ever. _______________________________________ ☆ My Actual Review :> "I once wondered if we were a love story or a story about love. I now know the answer." "Here's to Us" picks up the story of Arthur and Ben, a couple of years after the events of "What If It's Us". They are no longer 16. They have grown up. Both of them are adults now; living their separate lives. Life has ups and downs. But the boys are enjoying their lives to the fullest. Arthur has a boyfriend named Mickey. Ben is involved with a guy named Mario. They definitely have moved forward. But when Arthur returns to New York after two long years for his internship, Ben and Arthur meets again. They decide to stay as friends. Hanging out with exes are tricky, yet they are friends first. So they think it would be fine. But soon the boys realizes that it isn't as easy as they thought. Maybe they haven't really moved from each other. As they reminisce their older memories, their long suppressed feelings start to resurface. 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 didn't like Though the ending of "What If It's Us" wasn't my favourite, I thoroughly enjoyed that book. But this time, it was a whole different case. I didn't like the writing. The flow wasn't smooth, it was very slow at times. Arthur and Ben are not teenagers anymore. They have become older. But it felt like the authors had forgotten this thing. Both of their arcs read like teenagers'. None of their voices have matured. The authors literally decided to portray the characters as adults but the narratives didn't change a bit. It is very irritating when the characters are 18/19 years old but talk and behave like little kids. Excuse me! What happened to the characters development? The characters grew up but received no developments. Infact, the quality of them as characters, degraded. Specially Ben. Arthur was still okay. He was still a total firecracker but a bit matured and calm. But Ben completely turned into a new character. He was immature, jealous and rude throughout the full story. He did nothing but whining. The cast of side characters were better than the lead ones. They were truly awesome. I loved Dylan in this book. He was so cool, amazing and wonderful. Dylan is Dylan. But this Dylan is a lot more matured and flourished. I absolutely loved the grown up version of Dylan. Dylan and Samantha had the most wonderful love story. If you want to read this book, read it for them. The book didn't really have a plot. The plotline is messy and weird. Half of the time, the main characters kept messing around and fucking up and the side characters continued to clean up their mess. While going into "Here's To Us", I expected the book to be emotional. After the mind jarring conclusion of book 1, the sequel should should have been a roller coaster of emotions. But I literally felt no emotional connection to the characters. They didn't have to go through problems and indecision; they brought problems upon themselves. And how do you expect me to connect with two immature, irrational and annoying 19 year olds? Then, this book felt more like two stories than one. This wasn't Arthur and Ben's story anymore. There were Ben's story and there was Arthur's story. STORIES - Plural and separated. I saw no chemistry, no build up for the romance. Both of them were together with Mickey and Mario until the last 10% or so. They had some feelings for each other but not as much as to break up with their present boyfriends; who (let me tell you) were amazing people. Mickey and Mario accordingly were better fit to Arthur and Ben. Having a history together is not everything. Present matters more than the past. So, I personally didn't see the point or what the authors did here (tried to did here?). It was a total waste of time. Never thought I would give this book 2 stars. Still don't want to but I will give it what it deserves. I am not sorry. ______________________________________ Edit 29/12/2021 I can't believe that I got stood up by a book. The release date has been pushed forward to early January. And here I had all plans set to wrap up my 2021 with this baby. Now I want to cry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Althea ☾

    sequel? a SEQUEL?? *screams silently at all the cuteness that i am expecting*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)

    What If it’s Us was my second book by Becky Albertalli and my first by Adam Silvera. I loved it so much that I decided to read all their other books. I went to the library, borrowed everything I could find, and spent weeks reading books by the same authors. Especially Adam became one of my most favorite YA authors ever. As some of my GR friends know, I’m a lover of the sadder and more devastating stories. That’s probably why I belong to that one percent of all those readers who weren’t mad at th What If it’s Us was my second book by Becky Albertalli and my first by Adam Silvera. I loved it so much that I decided to read all their other books. I went to the library, borrowed everything I could find, and spent weeks reading books by the same authors. Especially Adam became one of my most favorite YA authors ever. As some of my GR friends know, I’m a lover of the sadder and more devastating stories. That’s probably why I belong to that one percent of all those readers who weren’t mad at that ending of What If it’s Us? I didn’t need a sequel. The ending was just fine. I didn’t understand all those people who hated it. Story closed. Until I found out there would be a sequel. I was beyond ecstatic! Just like What if it’s us? Here’s to Us is so easily readable. I flew through the pages and never got bored. Both authors did a tremendous job of writing a worthy sequel. It’s sad and messy at times, but also funny and sweet. And even though I liked Mikey (Mario a little less), I loved how Ben and Arthur still fitted together so perfectly. How they looked at each other, talked to each other, laughed with each other, and longed for each other. I had a smile on my face each time they met again. So, maybe I needed that sequel after all? Follow me on Instagram

  11. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ lia ˎˊ˗

    “i guess that’s how it goes, though. sometimes happily ever afters aren’t about your happiness at all.” this was exactly what i needed, as i’m slowly but finally coming out of my reading slump. so much fluff, so much cuteness!! especially seeing ben and arthur grow up and mature in their own ways was so heartwarming to read about, i love them so much :( the writing style was as easy and smooth as used to by becky albertalli and adam silvera; and i think that in this sequel you could see even mor “i guess that’s how it goes, though. sometimes happily ever afters aren’t about your happiness at all.” this was exactly what i needed, as i’m slowly but finally coming out of my reading slump. so much fluff, so much cuteness!! especially seeing ben and arthur grow up and mature in their own ways was so heartwarming to read about, i love them so much :( the writing style was as easy and smooth as used to by becky albertalli and adam silvera; and i think that in this sequel you could see even more, how the authors’ own personal colors shined through. i really missed reading stories from both of them, and the fact that we could revisit these characters’ story is so dear to me. loving the fact, that ─ while this story is obviously focused on ben and arthur ─ we got to see more from the secondary characters also!! → 4 stars pre-read: WAITTT omg how did i miss this??? what if it’s us is getting a sequel??? sobs

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vini

    this book felt like fanfiction. i loved it so much 🤧 “But maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.” I first read What If's Us in 2018, and I really enjoyed it. It was a fun, cute, quick read, and it ended up being one of my favorite books of that year. The best this book felt like fanfiction. i loved it so much 🤧 “But maybe this isn’t how life works. Maybe it’s all about people coming into your life for a little while and you take what they give you and use it on your next friendship or relationship. And if you’re lucky, maybe some people pop back in after you thought they were gone for good.” I first read What If's Us in 2018, and I really enjoyed it. It was a fun, cute, quick read, and it ended up being one of my favorite books of that year. The best part of What If's Us for me is the ending; I love it so much. I think it's such a realistic ending. I like how the story ends in ambiguity; how it literally ends on what if? Here's to Us is exactly the sequel that you would expect after the ending of What If It's Us. Ben and Arthur are in different places in their lives, each dating different boys, and they stumble into each other in New York over the summer. The universe constantly makes their paths cross, forcing them to question if they’re really meant to be? I was a bit apprehensive going into this sequel because I didn't really think it was necessary. But I ended up completely loving it. This book has confirmed that the second-chance romance trope is my favorite thing. Everything about it is amazing. The pining!! The yearning!! The angst!! it's *chef's kiss* I loved seeing how Arthur and Ben's characters changed over the years but still continuing to be two messy boys as they stumble around each other. They continue to be chaotic messes as the universe continues pulling them apart for do-overs. This sequel was just so much fun to read. I never wanted to put it down. And yes, it's kind of cringy and cheesy. Yes, it reads like a fanfic. But I don't really think those are problems. I feel like this series is very much like a Netflix rom-com. My biggest problem with the first book, and the only reason I didn't give it a full five stars now and when I first read it, is the pop culture references. I don't mind pop culture references, but it had a real oversaturation of them. They appeared every few pages, and it got annoying. They also felt really dated reading today. But Here's to Us thankfully fixes that. There are very few references, and they didn't get annoying!! (also, they reference Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers, so it obviously didn't bother me 😌) I loved this so much, it was my first full five-star read of the year!! Also, kind of controversial? But I think this is my favorite Becky Albertalli and my favorite Adam Silvera book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    drew

    my last read of the year was a pretty good note to end 2021 on. this book was definitely a bit cheesy and perhaps overly earnest at times, but it was also really sweet and, for the most part, extremely satisfying. 3.75 stars rounded up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    I've been hoping. I've been waiting. I need more Arthur and Ben. And I need a HEA. Fingers crossed!!! READING UPDATE: The ending 😍 I adore this couple so much and I'll always be team Arthur & Ben forever!!! A BIG thank you to the authors for making this happening and the much needed happy ending, even though getting there took longer than expected. I'm super grateful for this book!!! Full review to come.... ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow I've been hoping. I've been waiting. I need more Arthur and Ben. And I need a HEA. Fingers crossed!!! READING UPDATE: The ending 😍 I adore this couple so much and I'll always be team Arthur & Ben forever!!! A BIG thank you to the authors for making this happening and the much needed happy ending, even though getting there took longer than expected. I'm super grateful for this book!!! Full review to come.... ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  15. 4 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    i came into this fully disliking the first book in this duology, as well as the two authors writing styles, so i don’t know what i was expecting. but this was so painful to get through. the plot is cute and fun, but the writing… so atrocious lmao

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    IM SORRY WHAT?? THERE IS A SEQUEL??? I NEED ANSWERS

  17. 4 out of 5

    Drew's ambitious reading

    This is my first 5 star read for 2022! I am so happy that it is. It was my January book club pick for Queerreads and I'm so happy we picked this one out for the new year!(: This is my first 5 star read for 2022! I am so happy that it is. It was my January book club pick for Queerreads and I'm so happy we picked this one out for the new year!(:

  18. 5 out of 5

    tappkalina

    Just read the synopsis... Let's hope neither of them will cheat on their partner. --------------------------------------------- Despite the fact that Arthur is one of my most hated characters ever, I'm excited! After all, the end was probably my favorite thing about the first book, so I'm curious where the story will go. Just read the synopsis... Let's hope neither of them will cheat on their partner. --------------------------------------------- Despite the fact that Arthur is one of my most hated characters ever, I'm excited! After all, the end was probably my favorite thing about the first book, so I'm curious where the story will go.

  19. 5 out of 5

    a

    Wait a damn minute...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rafael Moraes

    I just finished book #1 and had no idea that there was going to be a sequal and I'm *internaly screming*. THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!! I just finished book #1 and had no idea that there was going to be a sequal and I'm *internaly screming*. THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    This was just exactly what I wanted

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I swore I was never going to read another Becky Albertalli after being disappointed by two out of the three solo books I’ve read by her. It was Love, Creekwood and I was done. I swore I was done! Guess not.... shit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maja - BibliophiliaDK ✨

    SO HAPPY TO BE BACK WITH BEN AND ATHUR 😍 I'll be honest. I am a sucker for a happy ending. So at the end of What If It's Us I was definitely not happy 😅 So I had high expectations for this final chapter in Ben and Arthur's story. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Cheesy: Normally I am not a cheesy person. But sometimes a little cheesiness is just right. That was the case with this book. Arthur and Ben are so cute together, that I didn't mind the sappiness or the cheesiness of their reconnected romance. On the cont SO HAPPY TO BE BACK WITH BEN AND ATHUR 😍 I'll be honest. I am a sucker for a happy ending. So at the end of What If It's Us I was definitely not happy 😅 So I had high expectations for this final chapter in Ben and Arthur's story. 👍 What I Liked 👍 Cheesy: Normally I am not a cheesy person. But sometimes a little cheesiness is just right. That was the case with this book. Arthur and Ben are so cute together, that I didn't mind the sappiness or the cheesiness of their reconnected romance. On the contrary. It made me really happy. Ben and Arthur: I loved Ben and Arthur the first time around. I loved Arthur's awkward quirkiness and all of Ben's adorable flaws. This time around, those things were still there, but it was obvious that they had both grown. Two years has passed since the events of What If It's Us and it shows. Both guys have matured, but the undeniable attraction and chemistry is still very much present. Dylan: My man Dylan. Yo. For real. He is such a mood! And I love him 🤣 Ending: No spoilers but the ending made me ugly cry. Follow me for more book loving content! Blog ✨ Facebook ✨ Instagram ✨ Twitter Blog Post: 10 Criminally Underrated YA Books with an LGBTQ Twist

  24. 5 out of 5

    crystal sanchez

    THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE😭🤍!!! the ending was PERFECT!! Ben & Arthur are forever two of my favorite characters I have ever read about and I hold them dearly to my heart. I relate to Ben on so many levels. Him, a white passing Puerto Rican, me a white passings Mexican. I found comfort in Ben because of the way we shared so many of the same feelings about our identity and how the world sees us and how we have to fight for the fact that we are Hispanics. And ARTHUR!! my ball of sunshine! THIS IS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND MORE😭🤍!!! the ending was PERFECT!! Ben & Arthur are forever two of my favorite characters I have ever read about and I hold them dearly to my heart. I relate to Ben on so many levels. Him, a white passing Puerto Rican, me a white passings Mexican. I found comfort in Ben because of the way we shared so many of the same feelings about our identity and how the world sees us and how we have to fight for the fact that we are Hispanics. And ARTHUR!! my ball of sunshine! I adore Arthur so freaking much. He is the cutest human ever & I always looked forward to his POVS and getting into his crazy, all over the place mind. the two are so freaking special. their love story is like no other. all the what ifs, second chances, long distance. but they made it work. Ben and Arthur are freaking soULMATES!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Here's to an amazing sequel Here's to an amazing sequel

  27. 4 out of 5

    lapetitepritt

    I am so happy I loved this book you cannot even begin to imagine. I was so scared I would hate it, as it is often the case with sequels to contemporary standalones, but I actually loved this book even more than the first one. I read this book both at the worst and best time possible and I cried a lot while reading it, but I am so glad to have read it when I did. The writing style is as smooth and easy as I remembered, but it conveyed pretty well the fact that the characters were older which I thin I am so happy I loved this book you cannot even begin to imagine. I was so scared I would hate it, as it is often the case with sequels to contemporary standalones, but I actually loved this book even more than the first one. I read this book both at the worst and best time possible and I cried a lot while reading it, but I am so glad to have read it when I did. The writing style is as smooth and easy as I remembered, but it conveyed pretty well the fact that the characters were older which I think is what made me enjoy this book more, because I felt it was more relatable. I really loved all the plot shenanigans and the fact that the secondary characters had more of a role. Maybe it was not a perfect book, but it was the perfect book at the perfect time for me and I am so glad I read it in one sitting. I really needed it and it made me remember why love Adam Silvera so much. Becky Albertalli has yet to disappoint me, but after Infinity Son I was worried I wouldn't like any of the things Adam wrote anymore. Thankfully, it's just that series and he hasn't lost his magic touch with contemporaries for me! I highly recommend you read this book if you are a bit sad and need to not think about your life; even if it is a bit melancholic and I *did* in fact cry a lot, it was so good to read it and think about Arthur and Ben for a whole night. Thanks so much to the publisher for giving me an ARC of this book via Edelweiss+.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    us getting this sequel, this exact sequel with this exact ending, is gay rights

  29. 5 out of 5

    vanessa ♋️

    I really liked the first book, and I wasn’t mad about the ending, even though I usually don’t like open endings that much. But this second book - even though it was funny and cute and is supposed to be a light read - is just way too exaggerated. And it sucks that they make it sound so easy, that being in love and staying that way is so easy and if you aren’t there by age 25, you’re a loser. Also, I hate epilogues where it’s set years later. That almost never works. And a lot of the storyline is ju I really liked the first book, and I wasn’t mad about the ending, even though I usually don’t like open endings that much. But this second book - even though it was funny and cute and is supposed to be a light read - is just way too exaggerated. And it sucks that they make it sound so easy, that being in love and staying that way is so easy and if you aren’t there by age 25, you’re a loser. Also, I hate epilogues where it’s set years later. That almost never works. And a lot of the storyline is just way too long and it drags on forever. So many side stories that are unrealistic and unimportant.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    *stop being creepy, GoodReads* I didn't update this today 😌 December 2020 is just around the corner. Can you two please decide on a title please so that I can not not be not like this? *stop being creepy, GoodReads* I didn't update this today 😌 December 2020 is just around the corner. Can you two please decide on a title please so that I can not not be not like this?

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