Author Spotlight: Becky Albertalli

As someone who is transitioning towards ‘adult’ more so than ‘young adult’, it can sometimes feel like a guilty pleasure to have an armful of colourful titles with characters nearly half my age. Here’s the thing. At some point, all of us were that age and it can be very sweet and touching to reacquaint ourselves with our endearingly awkward-hopeful-naïve-selves. And one of the authors that does it the best is (you may have guessed it): Becky Albertalli.

Becky Albertalli is the author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited, Leah on the Offbeat and What If It’s Us (co-authored with Adam Silvera). Here is an author that beautifully captures the sweetness, confusion and hurt that make up young love. So, continue scrolling to find the Becky Albertalli best suited for you!

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In honour of it being National Coming Out Day (October 11), let’s start with the ‘coming out’ of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us (punny, right!?).


We’ve all had that one person that made us ask ourselves, “But, what if it IS us?”. For Arthur and Ben all it takes is a meet-cute at the post office. Was it just coincidence that they got separated? Was it fate that they were reunited? Pick this book up today and read the signs for yourself!!


Becky Albertalli writes the best kind of romance. The kind that reminds us that love is for everyone and is universal, no matter age, gender, or sexual orientation. For Simon things are a bit more awkward (but no less eloquent) as he courageously comes to terms with himself and who he loves.


This one is for the young girl in all of us that remembers the butterfly inducing crush. I don’t know why but as I get older I find I don’t really get ‘crushes’. We forget that sometimes we like someone simply for something small but wonderful. For me it was that boy who could draw cute little cartoon animals in sixth grade.

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So dig into this read and remember. Remember what it was like to daydream about more and how much better it was to actually hold his hand in *ReAL LifE*.


And last but not least, Leah on the Offbeat. This is a story about coming to terms with who you are and having the guts to just go for it (sweaty palms and all). For Leah that means toughing it out when her friend group is rocked by the pressure of prom and college (remember dear reader when prom was your biggest worry?! I bet there is a smile on your face just thinking about it!!). On top of all that it is dealing with an unexpected crush on one of her close friends.


What is your favourite kind of romance novel?  Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Here are to the authors that write from the heart.


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