“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”
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 showshopping 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 wandering what exactly the universe does have in store or 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 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?
I picked this book up a long time ago, it was one that I bought as part of the bookstagram hype and really regretted it as it didn’t seem like it would be my kind of book. I’m not really one for contemporary and I definitely do not enjoy romance based books so I don’t know why I bothered with this one.
It is a shame because some elements I did enjoy, I enjoyed the journey that both characters had in relation to trying to find each other. I also liked some of the side characters including Ben’s best friend and also Arthurs colleagues. I enjoyed Ben’s character as well, i didn’t feel like he was anything special but I did enjoy reading about his journey.
However, I really disliked Arthur. The boy irritated me from start to finish, he was so immature I just couldn’t get on with him. Each chapter of his I found myself skimming through, rolling my eyes just so I could get it over and done with. I find that the relationship that he built with Ben was very toxic, and at points borderline emotional abuse. So early on in the relationship is so dangerous, and I am worried that the young target audience may get the wrong idea of what relationships should be like. However, throughout his behaviour went unchallenged almost as if it was okay.
I did enjoy the writing style, it was very easy to read and seemed to flow really well. I feel like I would enjoy a book by these authors should the focus not be on a romantic element. I liked the chapter structure where we got a point of view from Ben and then Arthur as you got to know each character as an individual and not just as a couple. However I find that this also had a negative effect because I did not like one fo the characters.
I can say that I really enjoyed the ending, I feel like that was the most realistic part of this book. It wasn’t like the whole “and they all lived happily ever after” because lets face it that never happens. But a raw realistic view of what a fling with another can look like and the aftermath of when they other is no longer around. I did like this part of the book a lot and it did redeem itself from a 2 star book to a 3 star book.
For me this book was just okay, I wouldn’t not recommend it to people though. I wrongly picked up this book, I did it on a whim knowing that it wasn’t my kind of genre. I think if you like romance and you’re not a heartless bitch like I am you will enjoy this book. Definitely give it a go!