Review of Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

I received an eARC of Yes No Maybe So through Edelweiss.

In the midst of a local state Senate special election, Jamie (Jewish) and Maya (Muslim) pair up to go door-to-door canvassing for their candidate. While they are unsure at first, the more then do the more hopeful they feel about the political climate. And the closer the two become.

This book got so many things right. For me, one of the biggest things about this book was seeing words like “motzi” and “haftorah” in a contemporary YA novel. I felt a little seen in this book having a Jewish character. Not only that, but when Jamie and Maya go door to door, it brought back some memories when I’ve done that for campaigns. The results of the 2016 elections left a lot of people feeling scared about the future. This book shows that it is worth trying to make things better. Becky and Aisha create a story that is funny and heartbreaking and touches on some of the important points that have arisen in the United States since then. The biggest message in Yes No Maybe So is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, your voice still matters, and it is always worth it to speak up.

Read it for: political activism, Jewish and Muslim characters, and the blooming romance.

Read: 1/13/2020-1/30/2020
Release date: February 4th, 2020
Page count: 448
Rating: ★★★★
Genre: Contemporary
Audience: Young Adult

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