My Rating ~ Four Stars
RELEASE DATE: 4 February 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Today is my tour stop for Yes No Maybe So, thanks to Simon & Schuster!
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), Jamie’s a choke artist. 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 canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.
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 romance of the century is another thing entirely
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a copy of Yes No Maybe So in exchange for an honest review!
Jamie and Maya didn’t intend to spend the summer going door to door political canvassing. Jamie prefers to do his political volunteer work hidden in an office stuffing envelopes, and definitely NOT talking to people. Maya was hoping to spend time with her best friend, who’s been a little too busy to see her. But when their parents sign them up for it anyway, they find maybe it’s not so bad if they get to canvass together.
I must admit, a third of the way into this book I wasn’t sold. I disliked Maya as a character (actually, that never really changed. I have a real aversion to needy, hard work friends, and she was the very definition of one. And although I read a lot of YA novels, I have real problems with teenage main characters who are constantly mad at their parents for having the audacity not to consult them on every aspect of their relationship 😄🙈 ). I DID love the diversity between Jamie and Maya and the discussions about their respective religions and traditions, I just didn’t enjoy Maya’s selfish teenage side. However, as the story progressed, I started to really enjoy it. Despite the overload of American politics (which don’t particularly interest me and I find it hard to relate to), Jamie was a brilliant MC who made the whole book for me.
Jamie and Maya we’re amazing as friends. I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. The type of friends who lean on each other and are there for each other no matter what. The actual ‘will they won’t they’ romance between the characters was painfully sweet (in that good, teenage way) although if I was Jaimie I would have given up long ago, with the amount of mind reading Maya expected of him 😏 but the progression of their friendship and the modern issues they experienced along the way made for some great reading by the end!
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