Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 3/2/21-3/5/21

How I Found It: I’m not sure, probably Amazon, but I started listening to it because I knew I already had a print copy

Jamie is an extremely anxious person. He has a huge fear of public speaking, but he is trying to help with the Jordan Rossum campaign. Maya’s best friend is about to go to college and is incredibly busy. Since she doesn’t have a car, she feels completely isolated and alone. So when her mom offers to give her a car if she helps with the Rossum campaign, she starts canvassing with Jamie. But soon, the campaign becomes personal, and they begin to realize that even if they can’t vote, they can make a difference.

Before I get into reviewing this book, I want to start with some transparency. I had read a few reviews before writing my own, mainly because I wanted to find a way to say the things that I was thinking.

I think that the purpose of this book is really good. It opens up the political universe for a young audience, many of whom are unconcerned about their civic duty. It shows them that they can do something to make a difference, even if it feels like you can’t because you can’t vote. The problem is the romance. We spend the entire book having this conversation of dating between different religions and how these are things to consider. But instead of having a conversation of “maybe we should take things slow”, we go with the “deny until suddenly we are humping each other” method. It is not my decision as to which one is best, but it was a real turn off for the book for me.

We had the opportunity to talk about both Judaism and Islam throughout this book, but I felt like they were brushed over. Especially Judaism. While the story revolves around a bar mitzvah, there is not a whole lot of conversation into Judaism or what it means to Jamie. In fact, the only times we really talk about his religion is through his opinions on the anti-semitic memes. There were so many opportunities to expand the conversations surrounding this novel, and it just missed for me. I think overall, I would give this 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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