ARC Review: If We Were Us

Title: If We Were Us
Author: K.L. Walther
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+ rep, M/M romance
Publication date: June 1, 2020
Goodreads synopsis:

Everyone at the prestigious Bexley School believes that Sage Morgan and Charlie Carmichael are meant to be….that it’s just a matter of time until they realize that they are actually in love.

When Luke Morrissey shows up on the Bexley campus his presence immediately shakes things up. Charlie and Luke are drawn to each other the moment they meet, giving Sage the opportunity to steal away to spend time with Charlie’s twin brother, Nick.

But Charlie is afraid of what others will think if he accepts that he has much more than a friendship with Luke. And Sage fears that things with Nick are getting too serious too quickly. The duo will need to rely on each other and their lifelong friendship to figure things out with the boys they love.

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I received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Sourcebooks Fire!

When I first saw the cover of this book, I immediately liked it! And then I read the synopsis and I was just so excited because it seemed like a fun contemporary read for me. I was right!

If We Were Us is a fun and entertaining read, with similar vibes as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

My thoughts on If We Were Us

What I love most about If We Were Us is the fact that it’s funny, light-hearted, but can still be very gut-wrenching in some parts. It explored the characters’ flaws and issues, and their insecurities and mistakes. It was good to see these characters try to deal with them and overcome them by the end of the book. I also particularly adored the friendships and the dynamics between several characters! There’s Charlie and Sage, Luke and Sage, and Nick and Charlie!

I did, however, feel like it lacked in the romance department. I wanted more build-up, I wanted more flashbacks, I wanted more details, especially when it came to Nick and Sage’s relationship. Nick claimed he had feelings for Sage even before, but I didn’t see that nor did I feel it. I needed romance that’s believable, romance that will sway me. But in the end, I wasn’t fully convinced. So, I was disappointed about that.

Another thing is that, the writing style was okay, but sometimes it left me confused. Several times in the book, there were references to something or someone or some place or event, but those things/persons/places/events were not explained or given primary details.

On the other hand, I love how this book perfectly captured the ridiculously frustrating stereotype/idea that a girl and boy can’t be close friends without having feelings for each other. In the story, it has affected families, friends, the whole Bexley school body. This needs to stop, and this story just proves how bad that mentality can be.

Overall, If We Were Us was an entertaining read! I recommend this book to those who are looking for cute, short reads! (And those who are looking for books that has the same vibes as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!)

Quotes from the book

We will hold that umbrella for you, I kept thinking. You won’t brave the storm alone.

“I’d realized Nick had feelings for Sage. She was smiling at the camera, but he was smiling at her.”

“I just had no idea,” he continued in a near-whisper, like he hadn’t heard me. “I had no idea it was even possible to feel this way about a person…””

*Note that these quotes may differ from the published copy.


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