Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. 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 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.
The best thing about a Becky Albertalli book is the simple fact that – it always feels like you are coming home to your favourite safe place where you feel accepted and secure, no matter your actual anxiety may have been!
Yes No Maybe So gives off EXACTLY the same kind of vibe – with the added benefit of putting across this wonderfully relatable YA romance between an awkward boy and an insecure girl with a background of the politics of an election!
Jamie and Maya, childhood friends who are thrust together to campaign for a candidate in an election – both of them doing for their own reasons; but it soon becomes apparent that there are far reaching consequences of NOT standing up for what you believe in!
With racial discrimination and attacks; politics and familial issues – there is a whole lot more going on in the story than just Jamie and Maya’s foundling relationship and attraction; so and so that while trying to balance out their cute and adorakable connection is a battle within the book to find its own space!
Yet, at the end of the day; Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have given their readers a cute YA romance that is more relatable to the current scenario – the insecurity, the fear and the anxiety of not knowing when you might be confronted with vitrol; and yet be able to do nothing to defend yourself – is a fear that most of us live with everyday and it is one that the privileged part of the society should NEVER be blind to!