Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
# of Pages: 448
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.
*I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC adoption program
I don’t often read contemporary novels, but when I saw that Becky Albertalli was releasing a new book, I made an exception. There were an equal amount of likes and dislikes I encountered as I read through it. Let’s start with the negatives first.
448 pages! I thought it was too long for a contemporary novel.
No contemporary novel should be longer than 350 pages max. I do not believe that this story warranted its longer length.
Not common teenager activities
I enjoyed the fact that the idea behind the story came after the results of the 2016 election. This is what I love about literature. I love how writing can be used to promote ideas, actions, etc. The authors here gave their readers an idea of what they could do after the shock many of us experienced. However, not many teenagers, or 12 year old, go out and spend their afternoons canvassing. It detracted a little from the story because teenagers and 12 year old girls do not typically canvas or do other political activities. It just isn’t normal.
Very Easy Read
Despite its length, I found this book to be an easy read. It is always a bonus to me when you can get swept up into a story.
I loved the romance. Jaime and Maya are so cute together. They just felt like they belonged together from the beginning.
Representation in art and literature is very important. Wonderful Jewish and Muslim rep. Books that don’t include representation or only include it in a secondary character who dies is NOT COOL.
Overall, I enjoyed read the book. Their relationship is to die for!!!