Yes No Maybe So

Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed

fiction contemporary romance young adult
adventurous emotional slow-paced

448 pages | first published 2020

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

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.

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hopeful 66%
inspiring 59%
lighthearted 59%
funny 47%
emotional 45%
informative 26%
reflective 21%
adventurous 8%
relaxing 6%
challenging 5%
tense 3%
sad 1%


medium 73%
fast 15%
slow 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 44% | A mix: 38% | Plot: 11% | N/A: 5%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | No: 10% | It's complicated: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 95% | It's complicated: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 63% | No: 18% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 5%

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