Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Release date: 04/02/2020
Summary: Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, her parents are separating and now her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing – with some awkward guy she hardly knows …
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer – and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.
I love Becky Albertalli, so I was so excited to read this book, and I ended up absolutely loving it! It’s also made me really excited to pick up some books by Aisha Saeed. I’m going to their signing at the end of February, so I’m hoping to pick up some of Aisha’s books there.
First of all, I really loved the two main characters, Maya and Jamie. Jamie was so relatable for me. There were so many moments in the book where Jamie’s reactions or the things he said were exactly what I would have done or felt or said, and it was really nice for me to see myself like that.
I also really loved how passionate Maya and Jamie got about their campaigning and about the election and about the politics going on in general. The biggest reason I loved this aspect of the book is because I have never read a YA book where the characters are actually passionate about politics, or where they even really care about politics. I know so many teenagers and young people who DO care about politics and who ARE passionate about trying to make a difference, and I’m so happy to see that represented in a book. I also hope that this book will inspire people to speak up for what they believe in.
The relationship in this book was so stinking cute. It was exactly my favourite kind of romance, and there were actually parts that reminded me of when my boyfriend and I first got together, which added that reminiscent factor and probably made me love it even more.
I also really loved reading about the religious aspects in this book, because I always love learning about other religions and cultures and life experiences, especially through fiction, as it keeps my attention more.
This book was so compulsively readable. It was so quick and easy to read, and I never wanted to put it down. I got so into the story that at times I didn’t feel like I was reading, which is always my favourite thing when reading.
If you love Becky’s other books, read this. It is just as cute and fun and easy to read.
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