[Epub] ↠ Yes No Maybe So Author Becky Albertalli – Lavons.co.uk

Yes No Maybe So 3.5 stars I was so looking forward to this one and when I saw it was listed as the YA BOTM pick, I ordered it right away and read it immediately I liked it It was a fast paced, addicting read, and I loved both of the main characters The romance aspect, though not the forefront, was great and I enjoyed the writing I did struggle to connect with a lot of the story and it was soooooo heavy on the politics, which while I agree is an important topic, I didn t want to read 400 pages about it I t 3.5 stars I was so looking forward to this one and when I saw it was listed as the YA BOTM pick, I ordered it right away and read it immediately I liked it It was a fast paced, addicting read, and I loved both of the main characters The romance aspect, though not the forefront, was great and I enjoyed the writing I did struggle to connect with a lot of the story and it was soooooo heavy on the politics, which while I agree is an important topic, I didn t want to read 400 pages about it I think it was just my mood that made me not able to get into it, but I still would recommend it as it was a solid YA contemporary I thought going in that this would be a sweet, summery romance with a little bit of political discourse sprinkled in It was, but it was also relevant, engaging and realistic The romance took a back seat to the friendship and political aspects, which I loved It had something for everyone, from relatable characters, to diversity in terms of race and religion to fighting for what you believe in I love how this book put our characters into situations that forced them to grow and re evaluate thei I thought going in that this would be a sweet, summery romance with a little bit of political discourse sprinkled in It was, but it was also relevant, engaging and realistic The romance took a back seat to the friendship and political aspects, which I loved It had something for everyone, from relatable characters, to diversity in terms of race and religion to fighting for what you believe in I love how this book put our characters into situations that forced them to grow and re evaluate their beliefs The book as a whole subverted genre expectations, causing both the characters and us as readers to amend their assumptions It was from little things like how Jaime s grandmother was a social media influencer, to Jaime realising his ignorance about Ramadan, and how no, Maya does not eat goldfish, drink coffee or even water during the period I cannot comment on the representation in this book, but it is ownvoices in terms of the Jewish, Muslim and Pakistani American rep Jaime Ahh my dear, sweet, awkward, target loving Jaime Jaime is helping out over the summer to help his cousin work on a campaign for a special election coming up for his state s house He is roped in see also forced by his mother to canvas for the election I can relate to Jaime in the fact that there are probably a thousand things I would rather do than go door to door to talk to strangers about something that has the aptitude to get people very heated However, Jaime wants to be a politician one day, and figures this may be a way to learn to speak to people without embarrassing himself Over the course of his canvassing, he becomesandpassionate about the cause Maya is a Pakistani American Muslim who is going through some difficult times with her family at the moment Her parents are taking a separation to try to sort some things out Her world is subsequently turned upside down and all she wants to do is to have her friend be there to talk to, but Sara is eternally busy with work, getting ready for college and moving in with her new roommate As a result, Maya feels shunned and replaced and doesn t have many plans for summer When her parents offer her a car for going canvassing for Rossum, she agrees She is initially a bit trepidatious, after all, isn t he just another cis white guy going for office But as she and Jaime talk , it becomes less and less about the car andabout doing what she believes in The stakes are especially high for Maya when a bill is announced that directly targets Muslim people and would essentially make her mother a criminal just because of what she chooses to wear Maya and Jaime team up to try and fight the racist bill, but nothing they say or do seems to work Representatives they go to talk to brush off their concerns and twist their words, so it seems like the bill is there for the protection of citizens, rather than targeting them It made my blood boil, and that was the intentionwe might give it our all and crash and burn But we might win We might actually change things And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don t you think This book felt realistic, and that was the most terrifying thing of all I am not from the US, but it is difficult to escape American politics even from on the other side of the world It was interesting however to see how the political climate manifests itself in forms of tension, black and white attitudes and the division of a country This book was not entirely flawless, at times I found it a little reference heavy, dramatic and some issues felt unnecessary I also feel this book could have been a good opportunity to explore international politics, and thought that since Jaime was so engrossed in the political climate of the US he probably would have beeninterested in that of of other countries but that did not diminish my enjoyment enough to lower the rating The things I loved far outweighed those I didn t As someone who is currently too young to vote, I loved how the authors depicted teenagers in today s political arena The characters feel so deeply and strongly and want to make a difference but people don t take them seriously because of their age and they begin to feel helpless and insignificantThe truth is, it s a weird time to be coming of age The world s really messy right now And it s so hard to be twelve or thirteen or fifteen or seventeen, where you re old enough to get it, but you can t vote I loved the ending of this book, in terms of the result of the election I won t say anything about it, because it is very easily spoiled While this book is intended to make you mad and feel the passion that it is so evident these authors feel about the current state of America s government it left me with a feeling of hope Hope that our generation can change things Hope that even though I am young, I can make a difference, no matter how small Hope that life can improve for the thousands who are suffering under oppressive and discriminatory governments and sovereignties not just in the US but across the world Hope that one day, a teenager can look back on this book and not relate to the issues we are facing today I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved itreview to come I just got accepted for an arc of this and WHEN I TELL YOU I SCREAMEDthank you so much Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Australia 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 YESJamie 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 MayaMaya 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 HerYBE SOGoing 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 [[ Reading ]] ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Lavons.co.uk Funny !!> Reading ➵ Jazz Age Stories ➭ Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – Lavons.co.uk And Memorable Story About The Power Of Love And Resistance YESJamie 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 ➱ Much Obliged, Jeeves Read ➹ Author P.G. Wodehouse – Lavons.co.uk Let S Face It [Ebook] ↠ The Wrong Blood Author Manuel de Lope – Lavons.co.uk Speaking At All To Almost Anyone [KINDLE] ✽ The Customer-Funded Business Author John W. Mullins – Lavons.co.uk Jamie S A Choke Artist There S No Way He D Ever Knock On Doors To Ask People For Their Votes Until He Meets MayaMaya Rehman S Having The Worst Ramadan Ever Her Best Friend Is Too Busy To Hang Out [PDF / Epub] ☂ The Affair Author Emma Kavanagh – Lavons.co.uk Her Summer Trip Is Canceled [Ebook] ↠ Summer People & The Little House Author Shirley Jackson – Lavons.co.uk 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 HerYBE SOGoing Door To Door Isn T Exactly Glamorous [Epub] ➟ Beautiful Creatures By Lulu Taylor – Lavons.co.uk But Maybe It S Not The Worst Thing In The World After All [PDF / Epub] ✅ Dr. Simon Forman By Judith Cook – Lavons.co.uk 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 4.5 stars Read this entire book during my red eye to Philly bc I could NOT put it down This was so, so good and I am so happy to have finally loved a book from Becky Albertalli again I also especially loved the chapters written by Aisha Saeed and I DEF need to readbooks from her immediately This was honestly just great. 4.5 stars.Becky Albertalli s latest collaboration, Yes No Maybe So this time with Aisha Saeed , is a lighthearted love story which deals with weighty issues, yet it is endearing and sweet Some people are meant to change history And some people are meant to change out of their vomity interview clothes Jamie Goldberg has political aspirations but knows he ll never achieve them since he doesn t do well under pressure That s not an understatement he once referred to Jimmy Carter as a penis 4.5 stars.Becky Albertalli s latest collaboration, Yes No Maybe So this time with Aisha Saeed , is a lighthearted love story which deals with weighty issues, yet it is endearing and sweet Some people are meant to change history And some people are meant to change out of their vomity interview clothes Jamie Goldberg has political aspirations but knows he ll never achieve them since he doesn t do well under pressure That s not an understatement he once referred to Jimmy Carter as a penis farmer rather than a peanut farmer, and he once threw up on a politician during an interview.With his entire family focusing attention on a special state congressional election in their district, Jamie is pressed into action as a volunteer.After serving as a de facto errand boy for some time, as well as providing tech support to his social media savvy grandmother aka InstaGramm , his newest responsibility is to knock on doors and encourage people up vote Much to his pleasure he is joined on this task by Maya, a childhood family friend whom he hasn t seen in a while, but who seems to turn his insides to jelly For her part, Maya thinks Jamie is cute and funny, but she s far too preoccupied with the crises in her own life to think about anything else Plus, her parents don t want her to date anyone she s not serious about, especially someone who isn t a Muslim.The canvassing teaches them about political action, how the smallest action can have a ripple effect It also teaches them about each other how the anti Semitic actions of the opponent s supporters affect Jamie, who is Jewish, and how a bill forbidding people from wearing head coverings affects Maya and her family They throw their all into campaigning for their candidate as they find themselves increasingly drawn to each other But Maya has already told Jamie she s not allowed to date, and Jamie is nervous of screwing up their friendship, so what should they do Is this book fairly predictable Sure, but it s tremendously enjoyable, charming, and romantic Albertalli s books tend to balance the emotional angst with an equal dose of positivity, and I really like that.What I also enjoyed about Yes No Maybe So is how it made me feel seen Growing up Jewish I rarely saw and still don t often see characters like me, and books where actual Jewish holidays are celebrated rather than mentioned, and dealt with authentically To see a character say an actual Hebrew prayer in this book was a wonderful thing.I devoured this book in just a few hours So now I wait for Albertalli s next oneCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at I live my life by simple rules I see Becky Albertalli I read itupdate I LOVE THIS COVER Sooooooo.This is what politics looks like in the eyes of our not quite old enough to vote , teens Who knew volunteering canvassing could be so romantic Personally I don t see anything romantic about our elections come November in the states.But in Yes No Maybe So , Jamie and Maya do Two adorable teens a Jew and Muslim awkward, shy, perky cute, and na ve.come together during election year The satiric dialogue adds lightness and humor I hate that word Mingle I mean Sooooooo.This is what politics looks like in the eyes of our not quite old enough to vote , teens Who knew volunteering canvassing could be so romantic Personally I don t see anything romantic about our elections come November in the states.But in Yes No Maybe So , Jamie and Maya do Two adorable teens a Jew and Muslim awkward, shy, perky cute, and na ve.come together during election year The satiric dialogue adds lightness and humor I hate that word Mingle I mean, the word itself is fine I just hate the concept When has anyone in the history of earth ever made a meaningful connection while mingling I will never understand why adults find the passing of time to be so unexpected Time is literally what life is made of But it s like a ritual each time my mom chats with a friend or family member she hasn t seen in a while, they spend half the time talking about how fast time goes, and the other half promising to see each other soon, which they almost never do This election feels like a family affair, Lauren tells my mother But I ve been so busy planning Sophie s bat mitzvah, I haven t been able to help out as much as I d like Jamie s really stepped up text banking and monitoring our social media analytics He s a lifesaver People are retweeting about the campaign, but volunteers are scarce How do you go nine years without seeing someone, and then run into them twice in the span of two days It s like when you learn any word, and suddenly it s everywhere I guess seeing her kind of threw me not in a bad way Really, it was the opposite of a bad way I don t believe in signs, but it s so weird There I was, kicking myself for not talking to her at target and then there she was again An unmissable second chance For a split second, I actually thought mingling might not be such a terrible concept after all Goldfish crackers, anyone Don t even try to understand why I mentioned fish crackersThe quirkiness will becomeclear if you choose to read this young adult book Issues include antisemitism Islamophobia cultural differences family friendships swooning relationships and politics Given the adults in our country aren t getting things right with our current state of political affairs maybe our underage teens will Ha.cute book with charming characters and a touch of social activism Moral of the story Never stop fighting for what you believe in Vote no on Trump Never forget he is not a docTor 3.5 rating enjoyable YA book I totally flew through this adorkable story of first loves and politics and two teens standing up for what they believe in That is actually a hard thing to do like stand your ground when being gaslit, either for your emotions or your political views And the book did weave in this amongst a loudly loving story with crushes and awkward anxious moments and messy families and the heartache of friendship breakups plus there s super fun banter and dialogue It didn t come across too preachy, so I totally flew through this adorkable story of first loves and politics and two teens standing up for what they believe in That is actually a hard thing to do like stand your ground when being gaslit, either for your emotions or your political views And the book did weave in this amongst a loudly loving story with crushes and awkward anxious moments and messy families and the heartache of friendship breakups plus there s super fun banter and dialogue It didn t come across too preachy, so I appreciated liked that.So how political is the politicals I was a bit nervous going in because, okay first of all I m Australian So while I really love Becky Albertalli I must readof Aisha Saeed s work I honestly have 2% of a clue what the US is doing with their politics and it works VERY differently to here Some of the deeper parts about the bills and legislations went over my headand to be honest I was just getting through their canvassing chapters to get back to the cute everyday life moments I really was here for the characters Probably wouldn thave picked it up if it wasn t authors I already liked The characters really make the book Oh they are LOVELY Like we have two genuinely lovely people, although Maya knows how to stand up for herself and protect herself, while Jamie is a total marshmallow who gets pushed around They accidentally get volunteered by their MUMS to go door knocking and ask people to vote for the local Jewish guy running forerm, office or whatever he s doing And they used to be childhood friends but now they re awkward 17 year old strangers with piles of problems of their own and they really don t want to be doing this together Except Actually maybe they need each other Maya I loved her so much She s Muslim and the book starts off while Ramadan is on, so I humbly appreciated learningabout that She s kind of reserved, she has the One Best Friend Sara who is leaving for college soon, so that causes so much anxiety Plus her parents are having a trial separation and Maya is super distraught over it It takes her a bit to open up to Jamie, but then they fall into this easy friendship where they both really need each other.Jamie he is like the ultra soft hufflepuff of awkwardness He s like bordering on social anxiety but I think the book didn t want to rep that, so it just stuck to awkward and look, ok I hate ultra awkwardness as a character quirk usually But it didn t feel offensive with Jamie I just wouldn t call this was good social anxiety rep But he s REALLY loveable He has a super affectionate and caring relationship with his exuberant little sister, and he gets really passionate about politics and helping people He is Nice He s also Jewish and there s also a lot of Jewish culture here too.And they both proceed not to confess they like each other the entire book Although, lookone thing I will say is I felt awkward shipping them because of something that happens at the end view spoiler Their relationship goes viral and all these strangers are shipping them and deciding on their relationship And look that s gross what Gabe did I hate Gabe He did exploit them and it was like non consensual use of their images online BUT As a reader I felt guilty shipping them after that I know it s silly because this isfiction Different to doing that to real people online But genuinely the book made me feel bad for shipping its own characters hide spoiler It had all the good contemporary moments too Lots of eating out once Ramadan finished and they gushed over chocolate cake The soft ease of their friendship was so lovely and made my heart ache I loved the family moments The banter, the quips, every time Sophie was just way over the top Sophie is the BEST The friendship breakup that Maya went through with Sara absolutely hit home for me because relatable There were just so many satisfying little subplots, it was easy to be invested And despite the page count, I really flew through it This is definitely one to try if you like contemporaries with a thoughtful and political edge But that also focus on super sweet moments and messily awkward teens who are learning how to use their voices and make a difference Even if it s just a drop in the sea it matters No one person can fix it all, my father says 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 You re doing that, Maya I m so proud of you aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here comes a rant SPOILER WARNING I m talking spoilers for the romantic pairing, NOT the election results but lbr, it s a ya contemp, we all know how the romance ends Identity its really difficult to put my feelings into words because I absolutely DON T want to discount anyone s identity and I m sure the authors didn t mean to bring any harm when writing this book But I m just so tired of popular media pushing One Narrative for muslims the one where Muslim girls chan aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa here comes a rant SPOILER WARNING I m talking spoilers for the romantic pairing, NOT the election results but lbr, it s a ya contemp, we all know how the romance ends Identity its really difficult to put my feelings into words because I absolutely DON T want to discount anyone s identity and I m sure the authors didn t mean to bring any harm when writing this book But I m just so tired of popular media pushing One Narrative for muslims the one where Muslim girls change their identity and beliefs in order to please or be with a white boyand you know what, maybe it represents SOME people, but for me, it s the ONLY representation I m seeing in media for muslimsand it s so FRUSTRATING When you re writing a book about a character who is BOTH POC and a muslim, it s SOSOSOSOSO important that you give BOTH identities the weight they deserve And it SHOULDN T HAVE TO BE SAID but clearly not all brown people are muslims and not all muslims are brown So we have Maya, a Pakistani American Muslim girl, which means both her Pakistani and her Muslim identity SHOULD be given their due respect and I found that because this book was trying to do TOO MANY things and Represent TOO MANY people, it lacked on both aspects And I personally feel like if you can t manage both, then it s better to just handle one of those identities and give it the weight it deserves Not every brown, South Asian girl has to be muslim bc I d rather have one identity well done than have them both unexplored Whilethan half the story LITERALLY takes place during RAMADAN, Maya s religious identity seem to be missing Yes she was fasting by choice, which is so FANTASTIC to see but that s literally the EXTENT of her being a muslim.She isn t well connected with her muslim community, she doesn t have any muslim friends, she doesn t participate in casual islamic practices or restrictions for that matter Aside from her parents and imam Jackson who all play LESS than minor roles in the book there are NO OTHER MUSLIM CHARACTERS WHYYYYYYYYYY The Dating And now we get to the real stuff The whole pre marital relationship bothered me SO MUCH in the way it was handled Maya and her mother had a talk in which they discussed the sacredness of relationshipsYou know, Maya, intimacy is for after marriage I m only saying, kissing and all the rest those are sacred moments between a husband and wifeAnd from what maya tells Jamie later on in the book, she clearly agrees with that sentiment until they fight at leastI can t date you, Jamie Yeah, okay No one dates any I m not talking semantics I mean we can t be together like that It s not going to happen Ever Oh Jamie fell silent It s my parents Jamie I m not allowed to date I should have told you that from the start I m sorry Your parents Jamie repeats Can t you at least own it If you don t want to be with me, don t hide behind your parents You know I m Muslim, don t you So, is it your parents he asks Or is it that you re Muslim Make up your mind, Maya It s both, Jamie It s because of my parents, because we re Muslim Dating is a littlecomplicated for meAnd then once she doesn t have him in her life for a few days, she decides he isimportant to her than air and they proceed to make.out.hONEY NOThis is is this okay It s okay She kisses me Very okay I just want you to know, it s fine if we can t date If this has to be a thing that happened once in Target Seriously Whatever you need this to be I want to be your girlfriend Okay And your parents Do you think they ll be okay with us I don t know Maya gazes up at me I ll figure it out Can we take it slowWHY WHY WHY WHY My last four brain cells really look the leap and jumped out because they couldn t handle this any Literary flaws Aside from the representation issues, I felt the book was long for a contemporary novel It is very heavily focused on politics which I found quite interesting as I know nothing about American politics and the voting system I saw some readers complain that the book took a very clear political side and while it didn t bother me personally, that s definitely something to note if you prefer having a book that remainsneutral in terms of politicsi liked the sentiment of the book, you know, don t be a racist piece of trash, but I found the delivery came off really cheesy sometimesJamie himself is a really sweet, soft, reasonable boy He has a big heart and wants to help save the world and I really liked to see that but at the same time he also felt kind of one dimensional because aside from that and blushing 25 7, he doesn t really have anything else going for him One thing of note that I can say was the best part of the book was the constant Office references I m such a trash fan of that show as most people are and after every reference I just went heart eyes Ugh so gross I know.Okay, that s all I have to offer for this review I m really tired of seeing this same story written for muslim characters and idk when im going to learn my lesson and just STOP picking up these kind of books but hey at least we got a proper review out of it 1.5 stars self sabotage is constantly picking up books that feature muslim representation and hoping that it actually delivers an authentic muslim experience EVEN THOUGH you ve only read books where the characters are eithermoderate muslims by nameor feature white boys liberating muslim girls from their hijab and beliefs wow love that for us EDIT And now that I hear that there is some kind of falling for a non Muslim white boy trope saviour in this, I m not bothering I m BORED and FRUSTRATED with the publishing world constantly choosing to produce one sided narratives of Muslims.I m not even the type that will dismiss a book because of others But this nonsense has happened one too many times So now I have become one of those There s part of me that is gagging for this book and another part of me that is questioning how th EDIT And now that I hear that there is some kind of falling for a non Muslim white boy trope saviour in this, I m not bothering I m BORED and FRUSTRATED with the publishing world constantly choosing to produce one sided narratives of Muslims.I m not even the type that will dismiss a book because of others But this nonsense has happened one too many times So now I have become one of those There s part of me that is gagging for this book and another part of me that is questioning how the faith aspect is going to be handled I m tired of it being inauthentic, wishy washy and westernised, just so that it suits the audience Just so that Muslims are perceived as normal.Keeping my fingers crossed all the same


About the Author: Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda film Love, Simon , The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat She is also the co author of What If It s Us with Adam Silvera A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.add blog Photography by Decisive Moment Events


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