Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: What If It’s Us

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

To Be Published: October 9, 2018
by 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?

[summary from Goodreads]

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I have yet to read a book by either of these authors that I didn’t love, so when I heard that they had teamed up to write what was sure to be a heartbreaking novel full of characters with depth and emotion? Instant pre-order!

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Review

Let’s Talk: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

Published April 7, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
303 pages
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Source: Purchased


1Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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SIMON VS. was a book I had heard SO MUCH HYPE about for sooo long, but never felt particularly compelled to read. TBH, it’s about a boy, which I don’t normally like, and the cover kinda sucks, and I didn’t really know what to make of the title. What a mistake that was! I only wish I had read this sooner, because it’s THAT GOOD. The characters are wonderfully funny and honest and real and the whole book was so entertaining. I listened to the audiobook version and found myself sitting in my car a couple extra minutes to listen some more.

The plot centers around a developing romance between Simon and a mystery guy from his school who he knows as Blue. As the emails go on, they get to know each other better and really open up to each other and it is SO cute to watch them fall for each other. Simon and Blue discuss coming out to their families and friends, and their fears that go along with that. I loved how realistic Simon’s emotions felt to me. I was so connected with his whole story — wanting to find out who Blue was, wanting to come out and be himself, and the effects of his sometimes-dramatic friendships and family members.

One thing I really liked about Simon’s character was his perfect mix of comedy, cynicism, and weirdness, but in the way where you actually totally identify with him because you have the same kind of strange thoughts. Simon is the exact kind of friend I wish I would have had in high school.

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