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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed is YA romance novel with a political backdrop. Here are my views on the book.
Book Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Genre: Young Adult | Romance | Political Fiction
Release Date: 4th February 2020
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Yes No Maybe So is a politically driven YA romance novel following the lives of two 17 year old estranged childhood friends.
Jamie Goldberg is a White Jew who aspires a career in politics someday but is hesitant for his fear for public speaking, or speaking in general.
Maya, an American-Muslim, is having a terrible summer with her parents separating and drama involving her best friend.
As both Jamie and Maya reluctantly start campaigning for a special election by canvasing door-to-door, they find themselves easing into a friendship. When an Islamophobic bill forbidding people from wearing head coverings threatens Maya’s family and Jamie, on the other hand is targeted by anti-Semitic actions by the opponent candidate’s supporters, both Maya and Jamie decides to put their heart into campaigning for the elections
“I never thought of change as something to fight for – more like something I’m always fighting against.”
Honestly, I picked up this book with the aim of reading a cutely YA romance story (and the cute cover, obviously). However, this turned out to be so much more and I am glad. This book is such a relevant and realistic read, especially in the current political scenario all over the world. Although the first few chapters were hard to get through, this book has really strong characters with a strong storyline. Though it was predictable for the most part, I enjoyed reading this for the most part.
“Some people are meant to change history. And some people are meant to change out of their vomity interview clothes.”
What I liked about this book:
- The characters are the backbone of this book. Jamie is cute and funny, awkward and shy, smart and ambitious and very adorable. Maya is intelligent, feisty and believes in standing up for herself. My favourite would be InstaGramm (Jamie’s grandmother and the official face of social media for the campaign)
- The issues depicted are real and relatable. I really liked that they focused on ignorance. Initially, all their friends thought that the reason both Jamie and Maya are so invested in canvassing is because they want to get together. Nearly all of them were ignorant of the real issues, as it the case with most teenagers.
- I really liked the depiction of election results. Without depicting unrealistic results, it showed how even the smallest of actions can bring about a change.
- Chemistry comes naturally between the characters! The ease and comfort of Jamie and Maya’s friendship is heart-warming.
“What’s wrong with slowmance? That should be a word. It’s like a slow romance. A way to let the romantic moments linger.”
What I didn’t liked about the book:
- While the issues are real and relevant, for a YA romance genre, political issues seems to take the center stage.
- The initial first five chapters are slow and filled with random pop culture references just to make the characters sound cool.
If the current scenario is bringing you down, this book will provide that feeling of hope. Hope that our smallest of actions can have a ripple effect and lead to a significant change!
PS: I am adding eating chocolate cake at Café Intermezzo to my bucket list!