ARC Review: If We Were Us by K.L. Walther

May 31, 2020 Review 2 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review:  If We Were Us by K.L. WaltherIf We Were Us by K.L. Walther
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on June 2, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: the publisher
My Rating: five-stars
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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.

My Review:

Once again a contemporary story is what had me hooked and my brain devoured in these crazy times. And it’s not that this is an easy read, because this one had a lot of emotion and turmoil for the characters. The story was told from two different characters’ viewpoints, but what’s unique about it is that they weren’t the love interest for each other. Sure, everyone thought they were a couple even if they said they were only friends. Or even if they weren’t a couple, everyone assumed they’d just end up together one day. But both had secrets. One that would have been easier to come out about, and one that was going to be a big deal for the character, their life, their family, everything.

I like how the author kept the way the two handled things realistic for a teenager in my opinion. Even in the days we are in, where people are more accepting about things, especially younger people, not everyone is. And not in every situation are things going to just be accepted as normal. But also, things really are easier, and so sometimes it is only the person themselves whose fears are holding them back, it’s really not going to be all the people around them that they are worried about. I think this book did a great job hitting on all the things that could happen in this situation.

Again I really liked the characters. I loved that Charlie was a big fan of the tv show Survivor, because yay! And then there was a moment in the book that was sad for me to read, about the characters leaving a movie theater, and all I could think was about how I miss going to the movies, and wondering if that will become something we can do again in the future, sooner rather than later or never, I hope.

2 Responses to “ARC Review: If We Were Us by K.L. Walther”

  1. Reese's @Reese's Reviews

    Oh I’m glad you liked this one. I’d been going back and forth on reading this one at some point but figured I’d wait to see reviews since I don’t always enjoy contemporary lit. I am loving seeing all this LGBTQA representation in books now. I think it’s fabulous. Great review as always!

    • Lisa Mandina

      You know, I didn’t always like contemporary books that much before, but now I am having the easiest time reading them. When I pick up anything else like fantasy books, I have trouble keeping my mind on what I’m reading. It’s a great book! Thanks for stopping by!

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