A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers get an up-close look at what it's like to volunteer for a political campaign (from canvassing door-to-door to working on social media) and how grassroots activism can effect change.
When Maya and Jamie become discouraged and begin to feel that all their long days volunteering might be for nothing, her father tells them, "All our actions are little drops that collect into a groundswell for change. It's the only way most change happens. Ordinary people doing everything they can."
Positive Role Models
Jamie, who's White and Jewish, and Maya, who's Pakistani American and Muslim, move from being reluctant volunteers to committed teen political activists. When they see an injustice (in this case, a bill that would limit the right of Muslim women to wear a hijab), they devise a plan to rally support for defeating the bill and put it into action.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses.
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Teens and adults use "f--k," "crap," "hell," "bulls--t," and "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Jamie and Maya spend so much time at Target that the store almost becomes a supporting character. Maya is reading Saints and Misfits, and Jamie loves video games like Fortnite. Both of them are big fans of The Office, watching episodes together and often discussing the plot and characters.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Aisha Saeed (Amal Unbound) have teamed up to co-author Yes No Maybe So, a teen romance set against the background of a hard-fought political campaign. Going door-to-door canvassing for a progressive candidate for the Georgia State Senate is not the way Jamie Goldberg (who's White and Jewish) or Maya Rehman (who's Pakistani American and Muslim) imagined they'd be spending the summer before their senior year. Much to their surprise, they find they make a great team, both as first-time political activists and as friends. But there's a romantic spark between them that all of their friends can see, even if Jamie and Maya deny it. There's some strong language ("f--k," "crap," "hell," "bulls--t," "a--hole") by both teens and adults, and one scene with kissing. The storyline pits a good-guy Democrat against an ultra-right-wing Republican, and in the words of their characters and in the author's note, the authors hold nothing back when it comes to their feelings about conservative Republicans.
Is It Any Good?
This cross-cultural teen romance tackles some of the United States' most divisive issues: hijab bans, the rights of the alt-right, and what constitutes religious liberty. While Yes No Maybe So does give teens real insight into the role they might play in a political campaign, readers with more conservative political views might be uncomfortable with or offended by a storyline in which progressive Democrats are given the moral high ground.
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