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HERE’S TO US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

In the follow-up to their charming NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, What If It’s Us, best friends Adam Silvera (They Both Die At The End) and Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda) reunite to give Arthur and Ben another shot at true love.

From the creator of 13 Reasons WhyWhat If It’s Us is soon to be a feature film!

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!

Title : Here’s To Us
Author : Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Series : What If It’s Us #2
Format : Physical
Page Count : 472
Genre : Contemporary YA/LGBTQIAP+
Publisher : Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
Release Date : December 28, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 4 star review

All the sweet, cute and complicated you need
A web of friendly connections
Second chances

“People don’t warn you that heartbreak is a chronic condition. Maybe it quiets down a little over time, or you can muffle it with distance, but the ache never quite dials down to zero.”

Here’s To Us was the sequel I always needed on finishing What If It’s Us. We needed to know what would happen for Ben and Arthur and this second installment landed the reader a jump onwards.

Albertalli & Silvera managed to age up these two and their crowd of friends and yet it still felt YA. I appreciated the smattering of increased emotional maturity, that is until these two tried to handle their relationships. I really liked Mario and Mikey, the were both stand-up guys and I kind of hated the outcome for them, while wanting the very necessary result. So that sweet also had a slice of bittersweet.

The story was fast-paced, all sweetness and cute with wit and drama added in. The pull of Arthur to Ben and Ben to Arthur was irrefutable. The side characters remained strong in this duet of stories and as well as Mario and Ben, I especially liked Jessie and Dylan.

I felt complete and satisfied on finishing, this sweet and kooky world was fun to inhabit for a second time.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK & Pride Book Tours for the review copy.