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ARC Book Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Title: Yes No Maybe So

Authors: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Length: 440 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I was lucky enough to be sent this book from Simon & Schuster and I added it to my TBR, but who am I kidding. I started it right away.

Synopsis: Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d knock on people’s door to ask for their vote… 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.

In ‘Yes No Maybe So’ we meet Jamie and Maya. Jamie, who is going to speak at his sisters bat mitzvah and Maya, who is facing the summer without her best friend. As the two get involved in local politics, they get to know each other and grow close.

This book has fantastic characters. Both Jamie and Maya are a joy to read. Each of them go on their own journey and I loved reading that. With Albertalli writing Jamie and Saeed writing Maya, it just works. It also has great side characters, like Jamie’s grandma and sister. A special shout out to Sophie (Jamie’s sister) because I loved her and she made me laugh.

Now as you all know, I loved a good slow burn romance. I’m not ashamed to admit it, and Ohhhh, ‘Yes No Maybe So’ has a good one. And it was a slow one (in a good way) I even began to wonder if it would happen. It was real, natural and super sweet. Of course once it happened it wasn’t any easy ride, but I loved it. It worked so well because they chemistry that Albertalli and Saeed created between Jamie and Maya was fantastic, because they bonded over something, the relationship was organic and that’s what made it work.

Okay, so here’s what I really loved about ‘Yes No Maybe So’ I loved it’s message. I think this book will inspire young adults. I really do. Albertalli and Saeed show that getting involved in politics can be fun (canvassing with a friend) but can also really make a difference. It’s such a important aspect of this book and it comes across great. I loved the political element, it feels so real.

The writing is sharp, witty and sweet. Full of inclusivity and diversity, with Jewish and Muslim religion being represented beautifully and more importantly honestly. It’s a book that’s educational and full of facts but it never feels like you’re just reading a list of facts, they’re woven well into the narrative of the story.

I highly recommend this book. Its a super quick read, and if you’re like me you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a sweet, funny romance with a political message. This book has something to say. I hope you get inspired by it.

Thank you to Olivia and Simon & Schuster for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 4th.

Until the next review

JTH

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