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Publisher's Summary

Love Nick and Charlie from Heartstopper? Meet Arthur and Ben!  

From international best-selling authors Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) and Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) comes a long-awaited collaboration about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together or pulling them apart.

Soon to be a feature film, adapted by the creator of 13 Reasons Why!

Meet Arthur and Ben.

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show-stopping 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 carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when the boys have a chance meeting at the post office, they leave wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for them.

What if - in a city of eight million people - they can't find each other again?

What if they do...and then can’t nail a first date, even after three do-overs?

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? What if it's us?

©2021 Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic Reviews

"Romantic, realistic and sweet, this perfectly captures New York, teenage love and life in that gray area when you're not quite an adult and not quite a child either." (Lauren James, author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe)

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  • Mr J C Whitaker-Sheppard
  • 01-27-22

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Cannot wait to read the follow up. I adore these boys! wonderful story that kept me hanging on every word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-22

highly recommend reading this book

Such a beautiful story, a few happy tears were had! on to the next!

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  • Mark Lynch
  • 04-07-22

narration was a struggle

i struggled to finish this.
the narrator at times was really annoying.
wouldn't recommend.

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  • Matthew Vallance
  • 03-09-22

Brilliant

I’ve listened to quite a few books like this, they give you that warm fuzzy feeling.
This one in particular was very well produced, voice actors are brilliant to go along with a fantastic story.

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  • Carla MM
  • 12-30-21

Adorable coming of Age Romance

I really enjoyed this book. The two Narrators were so good. They brought the characters to life and made the listening experience an absolute pleasure. The Story is a well written, almost typical, teen romance. It did have just that little bit of "Extra" that all good books do. That magic that draws you in and makes you love the characters. The way the Authors describe falling in love... well it was perfect. The anticipation of that first touch, first kiss, first time was captivating. I loved it and I absolutely loved Arthur and Ben. My only issue really is it didn't end the way I wanted.... whether that is the direction the Authors always intended or they were saving it for the 2nd book, I don't know ... but my hope is that the 2nd book gives me my ending. #teamArthur&Ben

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  • Graham Lee
  • 12-28-21

Fantastic

This is a true coming of age story about fate love and happenstance.

It’s such a wonderful story!

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  • hans fladsrud
  • 12-27-21

Loved it

So sweet and love the Hamilton and Harry Potter references cant wait for book 2.

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  • Tyler Welton-Stewart
  • 12-04-21

Essentially Five Stars

It’s important to note I only give books that completely blew me away as five stars, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great book. It IS. I devoured it in a day! The narrators were absolutely perfect, I love Froy’s (Ben) voice for this. The plot was a bit thin with not much happening but I didn’t mind? It was just nice. Excellent narration, nice story, perfect for cold winter days.

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  • Jeff
  • 11-29-21

A story full of hope

Such a beautifully written book.
There was so many chapters that I sat there and couldn’t help but have a smile painted ear to ear until my face hurt and there was chapters that twisted my heart.
As always from 2 of the best authors this book is just brilliantly paced and written I’m glad I managed to finish this before the second one comes out in a few weeks I can’t wait to read the next one

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  • Corey T
  • 11-11-21

Loved it from start to finish

I had high expectations for this story as soon as I saw who the writers were - Two of my absolute favourite queer fiction writers and they did not disappoint! Adam's brilliant storyline work mixes together with Becky's brilliant character-writing and pure chemistry between the LIs. The performances were very well done and portrayed the character's personalities as soon as I heard them. Would definitely recommend and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel

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  • Matthew Penny
  • 02-10-22

Awesome story

The guy reading for Ben needs to do more audio books! His voice is so good….

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  • Peterj
  • 12-10-21

Box Boy, Arthur and the Universe

The story is pretty straight forward. I enjoyed it but mostly I bathed in Noah Galvin’s reading. I loved the way he brought Arthur’s youthful excitement to the story, his love of his family and how that spilled into Ben’s family. It was a joy to listen to.