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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  23,206 ratings  ·  3,862 reviews
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.

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
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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♛ may
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here comes a rant

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)


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
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.


There's part of me that is gagging for this book and another part of me that is questioning how th
Miranda Reads
Feb 15, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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The Written Review
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Mar 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Larry H
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Elyse Walters
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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....
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
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, from-library
“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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
May 16, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
OoOoOoOooOoOoOooOo. What a pretty cover


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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.


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
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
beth ✨
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
we have a title and description about this book and i’m even more excited now!!


there’s literally no title, description or cover but it’s already one of my favourite books.
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya

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


Jaime: I fell head o
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
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basic YA contemporary romance. A girl sees a boy and decides she only wants to be friends. Then, oh no, they fall in love against their better judgement. That's not the problem here. In fact, I live and breathe Becky Albertalli. She is amazing. The problem is that the boy is Jewish and the girl is Muslim.
I'm going to be completely honest here and if I'm wrong, someone please correct me. I know for a fact that the Jews are allowed to marry outside of their faith and I know that Muslims aren't eit
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..
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“The truth is, it's a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now. And it's so hard to be twelve or thirteen or fifteen or seventeen, when you're old enough to get it, but... you can't vote.”

Shoutout to my team, The Good Vibes!

This book was… disappointing.


I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this. Two teens fall in love canvassing with each other for a democratic candidate in a red state and combating the racist bigots in the area? Something about romanticizing the t
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Nerd Daily
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
mckenna ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
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
Sahil Javed
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
rachel ☾
Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Representation: Maya (mc) is Muslim; Jamie (mc) is Jewish; queer scs.

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Kelly Gillan
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
this was cute, messy and way too long, but cute
a note for every author who wants to include Muslim reps in their books: we are tired of them abandoning their faith just to be with someone, to make it even worse: a WHITE man who didn't understand our faith.

starting this book, I was already sceptical due to the bad reviews given by fellow Muslim readers but I thought I should just give it a shot to actually read it and form an opinion for this book. At first, I was like "oh this isn't toooooo bad" but everything starts to go downhill from past
Avani ✨
2.5 stars

I was bored after a point. Couldn't connect with the characters and their POV.
Zain ✨
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Kate Olson
(free review copy) as a very liberal, almost-40 school librarian I adored this book! It is a hard-core political message book (with sweet romance thrown in) and it’s a message I very much appreciated ~ just a heads up that it’s definitely a rally cry for liberal ideals......if those aren’t your personal ideals going into it, please keep an open mind ❤️ political activism + love and peace and human decency and religious and gender/romantic freedoms for all are perfectly awesome messages to be pre ...more
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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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“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.” 12 likes
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