A cute romance and political rally cry rolled into one. Cause a lot can happen when you go door to door canvassing.
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In Yes No Maybe So, the new YA novel from authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, the Georgia state senate race between newcomer Jordan Rossum and GOP incumbent Senator Newton is heating up and—wait, come back! Look, I get it. We’re only a month into 2020, but IRL election stress is at an all-time high. You want to read a book that’s hopeful, swoon-worthy, a reminder of the best parts of humanity. And if that’s the case… I recommend picking up Yes No Maybe So immediately.
Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman are childhood friends who unexpectedly reconnect over the Rossum campaign; Jamie’s cousin, Gabe, is Rossum’s assistant campaign manager and his whole family is involved in the grassroots effort. Maya only agrees to canvass for Rossum in the hopes that her parents will buy her a new car. But when Newton introduces a bill that would make wearing hijab illegal, and trolls start vandalizing cars with an alt-right meme, the campaign becomes personal for Maya (who is Muslim) and Jamie (who is Jewish). And as the teens get to know each other, they contend not only with tense politics and personal upheaval, but with a cross-cultural romance they never saw coming.
Albertalli and Saeed have crafted a sweet, funny, meaningful tale that will inspire activists of all ages with its simply profound message: We all have the power to make a difference, even when the odds are stacked against us.
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. 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 canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.
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 romance of the century is another thing entirely.
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New York, NY
An amazing blend of the 2 things I love the most: politics and romance. Despite their differences, Jamie and Maya managed to end up together. They’re my otp, and make me believe that true love exists.
In this cute, eye-opening book, readers get to experience other cultures while seeing the significance of politics on the community. This book had adorable characters, quirky dialogue, and a fun plot.
Rumford , RI
This book really opened my eyes to the connections love and politics have. With lovable characters Jaime and Maya, the book unfolds as Georgia’s election fay rolls around. I was cheering for Rossum!
I loved this book! The duel perspectives were both a total joy, loveable characters and great diversity along with a uniquely political setting. This was a light and quick read I am happy to have!
SUCH a good book! It is amazingly well written and SUPER inclusive without seeming at all over the top or over done. Highly recommend, especially if you're interested in the US political climate.
I TRULY loved this story. It has characters that grip your heart, that you root for, that you relate to. This is a story you’ll want to devour in one sitting and yet never want for it to end.
I absolutely loved this! The dual perspectives, the way in which both protagonists dealt with discrimination, and teenagers working so hard to make a difference were all extremely refreshing.
I think that viewing an election from the point of view of teenagers is great. Adults tend to ignore them even though they will be affected as well. This book is a perfect story of this.
I liked the characters in this book - both the high school protagonists and the minor characters. Enjoyable read - not heavy. Just a nice story about teens, both dealing with prejudice.
Grand Forks, ND
It was a young adult love story which are always a love and favorite, but also a democratic politcal book, which made it even better, because thats my other love!! Hardcore recommend!
Ridiculously adorable with a strong political message that shines with hope and the need for change, YES NO MAYBE SO was a delightful collaboration between two wonderful authors.
What a cute romantic story that also takes on larger topics such as politics, Antisemitism and Islamophobia! I was hooked from the beginning and it was such an easy read.
Such a cute love story, super well-written, and reminded me of the importance and empowerment of getting involved in a group, political or not. Definitely a must-read.
I learned a lot about both the Jewish and Muslim communities in this book and the story was so fun. It was really hopeful despite the negative things that happened.
Such a good read for 2020 and the election coming up. This book was such a solace for me and pushed me to do more fo help push for change around me. Also... GO VOTE!
This one is absolutely adorable while also remaining thought-provoking and hugely impactful. It carries brilliant messages that our generation really needs to hear.
Yes No Maybe So was super cute and voiced a lot of important information. I was pleasantly surprised on how politics was actually at the forefront of the story.
Saint paul, MN
Literally the cutest, most relevant book I have read this year. Also, Sophie’s story arc is everything - can’t wait for her to ger her own book!
Huntington Beach, CA
Such a fun and inspiring book. Love reading the different point of views between the two characters. Can't wait to put this in my classroom.
I absolutely love Yes No Maybe So! Yes No Maybe So made me truly think about modern issues and be hopelessly lost in this love story.