Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed




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 to the publisher, who sent me a copy of ‘Yes No Maybe So’ via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received no compensation for this review.

Hiya bookish people!

Yes No Maybe So is the best RomCom I’ve read in 2020 so far! *Yes, this is the only RomCom I have read so far*. Maya and Jamie, our teenage lovebirds, are so perfect together in this novel, but the awkwardness that Jamie exhibits throughout the entire novel is also super duper adorable. He makes their relationship super wholesome. This novel is filled with so much relevance to today that I don’t know how this is going to be received. All I can tell you is that I loved it (bar from a few grievances, but when are they ever fully gone) and that this review needs to be considered.

From an external POV, the racism directed towards Maya, a Pakistani-American muslim teenage girl living in America, is written extremely well. Now, don’t freak out, I am in no way condoning this behaviour. What I want to say is that it is written so well that it upsets me to know that this happens every day, every hour to someone who almost definitely doesn’t deserve it. That makes the writing that much better – to force me to feel so upset on Maya’s behalf. Even better, Albertalli & Saeed have shown teenagers as more than just mindless creatures who sit with their phones in their hands all day, doing nothing. I cannot properly express how happy this makes me, that stereotype annoys me so much.

The primary characters in this book are also so willing to learn, which makes them that much better. Jamie is Jewish, and Maya is Muslim, and they are both willing to learn about each other in order to accept them more. However, the secondary characters are very 2d, there isn’t any background to them and I feel like they should’ve been fleshed out more if they were going to be featured the way that they were.

Now, I’m sure you are thinking, EMMA WHY IS THIS ONLY FOUR STARS?! THERE SEEMS TO BE NOTHING WRONG WITH IT! Yeah, my only other issue with this book is that it ended. And it ended so abruptly. Where’s the epilogue? Because it sure needs one.

To conclude (yes this is a school essay now, sue me), read it. That’s it. Read it.


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19 thoughts on “

  1. Yesss… this has been on my TBR for a while now and your review was LOVELY!! I’m so glad that the authors were able to portray the sense of cruelness in racism to you, and the two main characters’ relationship sounds so sweet. 😀

    I’ll have to read this as soon as I can! ❤

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    1. Thank you Ash!
      I’m gonna admit that I’ve wanted to read this too and to have it be approved on Netgalley made me the happiest gal in the world!
      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this!! It sounds like a fun rom-com which talks about a really important topic as well!! I love that you put this “best RomCom I’ve read in 2020 so far! *Yes, this is the only RomCom I have read so far*” it made me laugh haha!!
    Great review!! ❤

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this one!
      Thank you, I really enjoyed the book, and the topics it had certainly were hard but handled very well.

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  3. I’m glad you enjoyed this and that it was so well written in general. Im kind of worried about the ending now though. Although I do still hope to read it sometime as it sounds great…and I seriously need to start reading more contemporary.

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  4. Oh hey, looks like you did enjoy this one! It’s a bit frustrating to hear that the secondary characters weren’t as dimensional as they could have been, but glad that the main characters at least were interesting!
    Great review! I loved reading about what exactly made you like and dislike this book.

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    1. Thank you!
      Yeah, I wish they had been fleshed out a bit more but I think the rest of the message in the book cancelled out the secondary characters and ending.

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    1. Ahahaha thank you! I love avocados, they are super yummy!
      Yes, there’s still 11 months to go! (Why does that sound so much shorter when I say it out loud?)

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      1. True that! I love them too! I just recently ate an “Avocado Bomb” at my favourite Mexican. It was basically a burrito full of avocados. So good! ❤ Maybe because it is short. *lol* Those 11 months will be over so quickly. XD

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      2. That sounds delicious! I’ll have to see if there are any Mexican places near me who do anything similar!
        Ugh I know, but at the same time it feels so far away?

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