Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
436 pgs. Gr. 8+
Old childhood friends, Jamie and Maya, are reunited before their senior year of high school when they are tasked with canvassing neighborhoods for upcoming elections.
Jamie is passionate about politics but prefers an active background role since he lacks confidence in public speaking and expressing himself. To his dismay, his family is counting on him to deliver a memorable speech at his sister's bat mitzvah and he is expected to help his cousin's campaign work by going door to door and asking people how they plan to vote. Both projects involving the things he fears most, putting himself out there and talking to strangers.
Maya is in the midst of Ramadan, which should be a joyous time except her parents have separated and she's about to lose her best friend to college. Although she isn't thrilled with the idea of spending her time working on a political campaign that she isn't really interested in, and with a boy she barely knows, she made a deal with her mom that she can't back out of.
Told in alternative narrative this is a story about two teens, a Jewish boy and a Muslim girl, that are not old enough to vote but certainly old enough to care. As a result, they find themselves moving from the sidelines and getting involved in politics, their community, and maybe even each other.
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