Monday, March 16

Blodeuedd's Monday Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

I should have written this at once, but you know, the pandemic, I have been occupied.

Jamie wants to make a difference, but he is not good with people. He is a volunteer and mostly stays inside. He is a bit of a klutz and honestly feels like a really good guy.

Maya doesn't care for all that, she is more busy trying to spend time with her bestie. Oh and I did not like her bestie, she was all about herself and didn't even notice the stuff Maya was going through, like her parents moving apart, and later a bill that would ban headdress in public spaces.

They go canvassing together. They become great friends. Maya can't date because dating should lead to marriage. They do start to fall for each other, and it feels so real, cos it is slow growing from friendship. There is talk about politics since the other guy is a deuce. Politics, racism and more.

I enjoyed it.

I also liked that there were two narrators, and there are also two authors. It works really well, and I enjoyed both narrators.

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 crush of the century is another thing entirely.


Carole Rae said...

I like when they do two narrators!

Blodeuedd said...

Sorry my hmtl looked weird ;)

ALso yes two works so good

Sophia Rose said...

The cross cultural romance while doing political canvasing sounds like a good one.