Yes No Maybe So
Yes No Maybe So
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Annotation: Jamie Goldberg, who chokes when speaking to strangers, and Maya Rehrman, who is having the worst Ramadan ever, are paired to knock on doors and ask for votes for the local state senate candidate.
Catalog Number: #211037
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 436 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-293704-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-01725-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-293704-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01725-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019950097
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In alternating chapters, teens Maya (a Muslim girl) and Jamie (a Jewish boy) narrate a story set amidst a longshot Georgia state senate campaign. Pushed by their politically progressive moms into canvassing together, they continue the work longer than expected--mostly because they believe in the cause (their candidate's opponent supports a bill that would restrict head and facial coverings, and though Maya doesn't wear hijab, her mother does)--but also because they enjoy each other's company. Jamie's cousin, who's the candidate's assistant campaign manager, complicates matters with his eagerness to exploit anything that might make the campaign go viral, including the pair's awkwardly burgeoning romance and the vandalism of Jamie's car with a white-supremacy sticker. Albertalli and Saeed work the above concerns naturally into a mostly light rom-com, along with elements of both characters' religions: Jamie's family is in prep mode for his sister's bat mitzvah, while Maya fasts for Ramadan for much of the book and struggles with her parents' reservations about her dating, either outside the faith or at all until she's older. Though the ending is hopeful, the novel leaves much unresolved, allowing its characters and their emotions to stay complicated.
Publishers Weekly
Once childhood friends, deeply shy Jamie Goldberg, who is Jewish and white, and stability-loving Maya Rehman, who is Pakistani-American and Muslim, reconnect when pressured into working on the campaign of a progressive Senate hopeful. At 17, both are reluctant to dedicate their summers to canvassing in the Atlanta heat; this is especially so for Maya, whose best friend is college-bound at summer-s end, but her need to escape the constant reminders of her parents- separation compels her to team up with Jamie to inform and persuade local voters. Soon, swept up in the passions and pressures leading to Election Day, the pair starts falling for each other, though Maya doesn-t date. They also learn firsthand that the political is personal when a proposed bill calls for -a partial ban on head and facial coverings while participating in certain public activities.- Albertalli and Saeed-s collaborative authorship is seamlessly achieved via alternating first-person narratives that offer a nuanced lens on the current U.S. political climate and individuals- roles in democracy. With a convincing, relevant message about democratic responsibility, studded with references to activists, the authors offer an honest handling of cultural misunderstandings, microaggressions, and open communication via Jamie and Maya-s tight-knit families and developing relationship. Ages 14-up. (Feb.)-

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7 Up-Even though they're not old enough to vote in the upcoming state special election, 17-year-olds Jamie and Maya find themselves roped into canvassing for a progressive candidate in an effort to flip a historically conservative voting district. Jamie sees himself both as a passionate activist and a completely hopeless, clumsy mess. When he's asked to deliver the toast at his sister's bat mitzvah and go door-to-door to talk to likely voters, he's convinced he'll do or say something that will make him a laughingstock. Maya is having a terrible summerher best friend is moving to college and her parents announced their trial separation at the beginning of Ramadan. When the local political candidate holds a campaign event at her mosque, her mother encourages her to volunteer as a way of filling her time. Although they'd been close as children, Jamie and Maya's relationship has been dormant for several years, but begins to bloom slowly into something beautiful, multilayered, and complex. While this scenario hardly sounds like the setup for a compelling novel, Albertalli and Saeed unfold a story told in alternating chapters that weaves together timely, relevant, and engaging themes. VERDICT With topical references to state and national issuesincluding hijab bans, bathroom bills, and the subtle politics of meme culturethis is a warm, beautiful story about relationships' beginnings, endings, and transitions; what it means to fight the good fight; and the transformative power of local activism. A solid addition to any contemporary YA collection. Erin Downey, Boise School District, ID
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* For Jamie Goldberg, campaigning for Jordan Rossum is a way to make a difference before he can vote. Canvassing, though, freaks him out; speaking in front of people (or to them) isn't his strong suit. For Maya Rehman, Rossum isn't impressive st another white guy running for office, and not even an experienced one. Her summer is already terrible: her parents have split, and her best friend has been totally unavailable. When her mom basically forces her to canvass with Jamie for the summer, Maya is less than thrilled. She and Jamie don't exactly get off on the right foot either; he's painfully awkward and keeps forgetting she's fasting for Ramadan, while she's dismissive of his commitment. But as they slowly find their footing, they both start to feel like they're part of something bigger. With a fervor born from the 2016 presidential election, Albertalli (Leah on the Offbeat, 2018) and Saeed (Written in the Stars, 2015) seamlessly join forces to craft a genuine, immediate tale about two teenagers facing some of the harsher truths of the world for the first time and finding something to believe in anyway. Buoyed by humor, enriched by a colorful supporting cast, and strung through with a charming (and charmingly awkward) romantic subplot, Jamie and Maya's story, their miscommunications, and their true connection will win hearts and inspire action. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Albertalli and Saeed are both best-sellers, their collab comes with a hefty promotional campaign, and this timely love-and-politics offering would draw a crowd on premise alone.
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Word Count: 89,307
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 507738 / grade: Middle Grades+
Lexile: 560L

PRAISE FOR AISHA SAEED Amal Unbound A New York Times Bestseller "Saeed''s eloquent, suspenseful, eye-opening tale offers a window into the contemporary practice of indentured servitude and makes a compelling case for the power of girls'' education to transform systemic injustice."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Amal narrates, her passion for learning, love for her family, and despair at her circumstance evoked with sympathy and clarity, as is the setting. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed''s timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review Written in the Stars "Movingly conveys the intense cultural pressure that motivates Naila''s parents and the heartbreaking betrayal Naila feels as she is deprived of her rights. Wrenching but hopeful story."--Publishers Weekly "I couldn''t put it down."-- Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of Newbery Honor Book Shabanu "This is a page-turner about love, culture, family--and the perilous journey into womanhood worldwide. I couldn''t put it down."--Meg Medina, author of Pura Belpré Author Award winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass PRAISE FOR BECKY ALBERTALLI What If It''s Us A New York Times Bestseller An Indie Next List Pick "Fan-favorites Albertalli and Silvera join forces in this tale of a New York City summer romance. This joyful romance is both sweet and substantial." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Albertalli and Silvera balance cynicism and starry-eyed optimism to paint an honest, compelling picture of adolescent romance. Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors'' styles will appeal to fans old and new alike." -- School Library Journal (starred review) Leah on the Offbeat A New York Times Bestseller A Rainbow Book List Selection Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults "Albertalli has a fantastic ear for voice, and it''s beautifully on display in Leah''s funny, wry, and vulnerable first-person narrative. Everything Albertalli already did so well in Simon she''s improved upon here, and fans of the first book will be utterly smitten with Leah." -- ALA Booklist (starred review) "A subversive take on the coming-of-age romance." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Albertalli''s latest release continues her penchant for sensitive, insightful writing that gets right to the heart of identity and growth, capturing it all with heartfelt, hilarious emotional clarity." -- Bustle The Upside of Unrequited Top Ten Indie Next List Pick A Rainbow Book List Selection "Readers will fall in love with this fresh, honest, inclusive look at dating, families, and friendship." -- School Library Journal (starred review) "If you''re in the mood for a snappy romance to vicariously bathe you in the pain and elation of first love, Becky Albertalli''s The Upside of Unrequited provides." -- NPR.org Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Longlisted for the National Book Award 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner 2016 Carnegie Medal Nominee An Oprah Editor''s Pick "Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliché-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you''ll read it for the first time only once. Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession." -- Entertainment Weekly "Funny, moving and emotionally wise." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted 16-year-old. Readers will fall madly in love with Simon." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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