Yes, No, Maybe So|Book Review

Yes, No, Maybe So – Published 2020

“YES
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 allto 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.

NO
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.

MAYBE SO
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.” – Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

To be honest, I didn’t even look into what this book was about. I just immediately order anything Albertalli creates. So, I had no idea this book was going to be so political. As I made my way through it I was just shocked that these authors had the guts to publish something that so obviously is anti-Trump. That’s not a criticism; I loved it. I was just impressed.

I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite quotes:

“Republicans. Those mofos show up every goddamn time.”

“I don’t know what sparked it, but suddenly everything’s different. Everything feels huge and momentous and terrifyingly real. And I can’t seem to push it to the background. I can’t put the fire out.”

“It’s about the act of resisting. Waking up every day and deciding not to give up.”

“There is hope. Hold it tight, and keep fighting.” (Author’s note)

In terms of the characters and plot, it was a bit of a slow burn romance, but I liked both characters and their friends first relationship. Adorable. Plus they both love Target, coffee, and are quick-witted.

I can’t help but notice this is like the third book in a row where Washi tape is mentioned multiple times. I’ve literally never heard of it until I read The Bromance Book Club and now it’s everywhere. I googled it, and I don’t need it, ha.

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE

There were times when I was a little bored, but overall it was cute, politically relevant, and funny. I’m giving it a 5 star because I enjoyed it overall very much!

5 star

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