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New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

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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), J
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Published February 4th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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♛ may
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here comes a rant

🚨 SPOILER WARNING 🚨
I’m talking spoilers for the romantic pairing, NOT the election results (but lbr, it’s a ya contemp, we all know how the romance ends)


Identity

its really difficult to put my feelings into words because I absolutely DON’T want to discount anyone’s identity and I’m sure the authors didn’t mean to bring any harm when writing this book.

But I’m just so tired of popular media pushing One Narrative for muslims.

the one where Muslim girls chan
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chai ♡
Who needs extreme sports when news of new book releases by my favorite authors give me more adrenaline than I will ever need for the rest of my life???
Warda
Oct 31, 2019 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: And now that I hear that there is some kind of falling for a non-Muslim white boy trope/saviour in this, I'm not bothering. I'm BORED and FRUSTRATED with the publishing world constantly choosing to produce one-sided narratives of Muslims.
I'm not even the type that will dismiss a book because of others. But this nonsense has happened one too many times. So now I have become one of those.

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There's part of me that is gagging for this book and another part of me that is questioning how th
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Miranda Reads
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Ugh. Okay. I know there's normally a better recap of the book but gosh dang I disliked this book so much that I can't be bothered.

Jamie - Jewish, stage fright, canvases neighborhoods cause he LOVES POLITICS.

Maya - Muslim, divorcing parents, canvasing neighborhoods cause she WANTS A CAR.

Jamie & Maya - BFFS but can't date cause of Maya's religion...or can they?

Anyway, turns out thinly veiled rom
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
4.5 stars. Read this entire book during my red-eye to Philly bc I could NOT put it down. This was so, so good and I am so happy to have finally loved a book from Becky Albertalli again! I also especially loved the chapters written by Aisha Saeed and I DEF need to read more books from her immediately. This was honestly just great.
sarah
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought going in that this would be a sweet, summery romance with a little bit of political discourse sprinkled in. It was, but it was also relevant, engaging and realistic. The romance took a back seat to the friendship and political aspects, which I loved. It had something for everyone, from relatable characters, to diversity in terms of race and religion to fighting for what you believe in.

I love how this book put our characters into situations that forced them to grow and re-evaluate thei
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may ➹
Apr 16, 2019 marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
I live my life by simple rules: I see Becky Albertalli? I read it

update: I LOVE THIS COVER
Larry H
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Becky Albertalli's latest collaboration, Yes No Maybe So (this time with Aisha Saeed), is a lighthearted love story which deals with weighty issues, yet it is endearing and sweet.

"Some people are meant to change history. And some people are meant to change out of their vomity interview clothes."

Jamie Goldberg has political aspirations but knows he’ll never achieve them since he doesn’t do well under pressure. That’s not an understatement—he once referred to Jimmy Carter as a “penis
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Sumaiyya
Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I am sad to report that YES NO MAYBE SO, a collaborative YA romance written by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, is the latest to join my list of Big Disappointments. I haven’t read any books by either authors, so this book was clearly a terrible place to start. This review will contain very very very minor spoilers that are actually not even spoilers, in my opinion. And of course, based on my rating, I’m not here to recommend the book.

The premise of YNMS is promising; it follows Jamie, a Jewis
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Elyse  Walters
Sooooooo....
This is what politics looks like in the eyes of our - ‘not-quite-old-enough-to-vote’, teens!
Who knew volunteering & canvassing could be so romantic?

Personally- I don’t see anything romantic
about our elections - come November in the states....
But...
in “Yes No Maybe So”, Jamie and Maya do!

Two adorable teens - (a Jew and Muslim) - awkward, shy, perky cute, and naïve....come together during election year.

The satiric dialogue adds lightness and humor.

“I hate that word. Mingle. I mean
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Christy
3.5 stars

I was so looking forward to this one and when I saw it was listed as the YA BOTM pick, I ordered it right away and read it immediately. I liked it. It was a fast paced, addicting read, and I loved both of the main characters. The romance aspect, though not the forefront, was great and I enjoyed the writing. I did struggle to connect with a lot of the story and it was soooooo heavy on the politics, which while I agree is an important topic, I didn't want to read 400+ pages about it. I t
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C.G. Drews
I totally flew through this adorkable story of first loves and politics and two teens standing up for what they believe in. That is actually a hard thing to do -- like stand your ground when being gaslit, either for your emotions or your political views. And the book did weave in this amongst a loudly loving story with crushes and awkward anxious moments and messy families and the heartache of friendship breakups (plus there's super fun banter and dialogue). It didn't come across too preachy, so ...more
Blaine
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library, 2020
“What’s wrong with slowmance? That should be a word. It’s like a slow romance. A way to let the romantic moments linger.”

There’s a lot going on in this story. Jamie Goldberg is an introvert with a low opinion of himself. Maya Rehman is lonely because her parents are going through a trial separation and her best friend is leaving for college. They meet as canvassers on a Georgia State Senate campaign and together they work through issues as serious and varied as religious discrimination, voting r
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beth ✨
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
we have a title and description about this book and i’m even more excited now!!

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there’s literally no title, description or cover but it’s already one of my favourite books.
Valliya Rennell
3.5 stars

Yes No Maybe So is a politically driven cutesy romance novel. I must admit I hated the first few chapters of the book (I'll get into why later), but now I'm all "heart eyes" thinking about Maya and Jamie.

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In this book, we follow Jamie and Maya, two estranged childhood friends, as they start canvassing for a political campaign in their area. With an Islamophobic bill threatening to be passed and anti-Semitic images being glued to cars the two main characters find themselves fired up to go
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
OoOoOoOooOoOoOooOo. What a pretty cover

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Sara
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burn-it
One-dimensional portrayals are just so tiring. As if Muslim = brown/poc and brown/poc = Muslim. They are not mutually exclusive. Both are important identities. Both are important and should be treated as such, or not brought up at all.

So what's this book about? Two teens who are helping out for a Democratic campaign. They become canvassing buddies and start spending more time together outside of campaign work. As time passes, they start to care more for each other. Drama ensues (that's never res
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Before I die I would like to read ONE BOOK that accurately portrays Muslims. ONE BOOK.

Yes, this book has done better than others in the past, but it’s still not a good portrayal. I’ll die on the spot if I have to read another book that molds Muslim characters into a more “American” way of life. Like damn. And on Ramadan? Really? I’m giving it 2.5 stars simply for the writing. Maya is a Pakistani-American and yet I couldn’t tell you if that was mentioned more than once in the book. Just that she
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
SLOW BURN ROMANCE NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD! 💙

Actual rating: 3.5⭐


Three things attracted me to this book - Becky Albertalli, the diversity and the reviews. I loved the main character Jaime, I loved the diversity, I loved the push-back and the activism and I loved the slowmance. However, I was not a big fan of the Americanism... Of course, that's just me - a Scandinavian.

"It's so fun to make Jaime blush, it's almost a full-time hobby at this point."
- Maya


👍 WHAT I LIKED 👍

Jaime: I fell head o
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
“We might give it our all and crash and burn. But we might win. We might actually change things. And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don't you think?”

representation: Pakistani-American Muslim MC (I believe this is own voices?), Jewish MC (own voices), m/m side relationship, queer side characters.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


✧・゚: *✧・゚:* 3 . 5 s t a r s *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

I so desperately wanted to love this because I love Becky Albertal
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Tan Markovic
Barely 2 stars?
Felt like a tick in the diversity box without really delving too deep into Jewish / Muslim culture...
Just another cutesy story without substance and girl falling for boy blah blah...

Not for me..
Cassie
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arcs
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This book was very good and I enjoyed it immensely. I thought it was just going to be this cute rom com type of story, and sure, it was. But, it was so much more than that. It honestly took me by surprise with how relevant it was, with religion, politics, even what people will do to go viral on the internet.

I’m a white cis woman, so perhaps take this review with a grain of salt, but I felt like the religion was handled in a respectful way and I appreciated that a lot. Th
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The Nerd Daily
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler

Listen, I hate the current political climate as much as the next guy, but I can’t deny that I love the stories that are being published because of it. Never have authors been more politically active and never have young adult stories made me want to pick up a sign and protest to save the world more than they have in the last few years. Yes, No, Maybe So is a story that gives you back a voice you might feel like you have lost—or never
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mckenna ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
Feb 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels, didnt-finish
Somebody please tell me to stop reading Becky Albertalli books.

I don’t know what it is with me, because after reading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda each and every one of Albertalli’s new books has been a greater disappointment than the last and yet every time she announces her newest disaster I find myself immediately logging onto my local library and getting on the wait list...

If anybody takes a look at my reviews for Leah on the Offbeat or Written in the Stars it’s pretty clear that neithe
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rachel ☾


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Sahil Javed
Yes No Maybe So is a contemporary that follows Jamie and Maya who meet as they are canvassing for the election. As the polls get closer, so do Maya and Jamie, and soon a romance develops between the two.
“Hey,” I say slowly, trying to keep my voice from jumping. “Um. If you ever want to do this again—”

Maya’s smile fades. Crap. Okay.

“Or not,” I say frantically. “Or, you know. You could canvass on your own, or with someone else. No worries. Or you could go with me again. If you want. No pre
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Francis
Feb 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
This book sounds great, and really cute! Becky is good at collaborating with other authors, so I’m sure she’ll be fantastic, and while I don’t know much about the other author she seems cool. So yeah. This’ll be good.
Kelly Gillan
this was cute, messy and way too long, but cute
demi. ♡
DNF @ Page 148

I already lose my interest in reading this book and don’t think I’ll continue it in the future so DNF-ing it may be a better choice than leaving it in my current reading list. ☹️


Note : I don’t wanna continue reading this because I’m not that into US politics (that’s why I couldn’t comprehend some details in the book and reading it kinda made me a little suffer ;-;) plus, as I read more, the protagonists also annoyed me more and I can’t stand that. I find a book that can give me ple
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Antonia
“We might give it our all and crash and burn. But we might win. We might actually change things. And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don't you think?”

After "What If It's Us" this is the second Becky Albertalli collaboration that fell a little flat for me. Maybe those kind of dual perspectives from two authors books just aren't my jam and I need to wait until Becky puts her own books out again.

Generally I have no bad things to say about Yes No Maybe So. It's a cute ya contemporary wh
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Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It's Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com. ...more

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“We might give it our all and crash and burn. But we might win. We might actually change things. And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don't you think?” 15 likes
“It’s not about waiting for the good parts of history. We’re the ones who have to make them happen. We have to draw the timeline ourselves.” “Yeah, well. Right now, that just feels like a fuckton of pointless work.” “But the work itself is the point. You keep doing it, because otherwise, how do you keep from feeling helpless? It’s like those sharks that keep swimming or they die,” I say. “It’s about the act of resisting. Waking up every day and deciding not to give up.” 11 likes
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