Parents' Guide to

Here's to Us

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Overly long sequel is sweet, full of conversations.

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The love story of Ben and Arthur continues in this sweet sequel, but it takes a long time to get to a quick resolution. While most of Here's to Us feels comfortably familiar and similar to its predecessor, what's new is how Ben and Arthur struggle with doubt and uncertainty as they each forge ahead to begin their adult lives. How to be professional? How to juggle work, friends, and romantic life? How to make the right decisions? What about BIG decisions? While generally a satisfying conclusion to their love story, the end does feel quick, and the epilogue only adds to the feeling. What's odd is that the story takes a long time to get where it's going, and a lot of it could have been cut. The writing continues to be light and positive, certainly not dense or thick with exposition. The drawback, however, is that sometimes readers might start feeling like they're reading a series of conversations staged over various locations.

Book Details

  • Authors: Becky Albertalli , Adam Silvera
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Quill Tree Books
  • Publication date: December 28, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 27, 2022

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