Yes no Maybe so – Becky Albertalli | Book review

Title: Yes no maybe so
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: romance, politics
Pages: 448
My Rating: 6/10

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Yes no Maybe so

After Jamie threw up on his mother’s boss, he is afraid to speak in public and he does everything to make sure he does have to. But his mother wants him to make a speech at his sisters Sophie’s Bat Mitzvah. At the same time, he is also interested in politics. His family sets him up to go canvassing for the democrat Van Rossum, but he does not have to go alone. Maya is struggling, her parents are living separately and she is afraid they will get a divorce. She is also begging for a car. When her parents decide she can have a car when she goes canvassing with Jamie, she agrees. Jamie and Maya were friends when they were younger and now they are spending more time together again. But while they spend more time together, they also start to develop feelings for each other.


I thought that I liked most of the romance stuff. Some people don’t like enemies to lovers for example, but I loved it all. At least, that is what I thought. But I just realized I am not the biggest fan when a romance book is also about politics. I remember when I read ‘red, white, and royal blue‘ I liked the romance stuff in that book, but I also skipped the parts that were about politics. This time I did not skip those parts, but it took me 3 weeks to read this book. Which is insane. But good to find out what I don’t like, this makes it easier to pick a new book in the future.

I’ve read Becky’s other books she wrote together with Adam Silvera and Simon vs homosapiens agenda. I really liked those, so I was hoping I would like this one too. Most of the time I don’t read the back of the book, because I pick my next read based on the cover. But maybe I should be more careful in the future. I don’t want to read another book about politics. But on the other hand, I like Becky’s writing style, that is why I bought this book too. So I am definitely checking her other books out and see if it is about politics or not.

So this book wasn’t all bad. I still the parts when it was just about Maya and Jamie and I can definitely appreciate they were fighting for human rights. I think politicians should never take away human rights. And like I said, I like her writing style. But I was just not feeling it with this book. I was more excited for Maya and Sara becoming friends again, while that was just a small part of the book.

I have mixed feelings about this book. If you are like me and are not into political stuff, I would skip this book. I just want to read something happy when I read a book. Yes, I still vote in my own life, but that does not mean I also want to read about politics. That kind of ruined the book for me. But yes, I made the mistake to buy this book without reading what the book was really about.
If politics in romance novels does not bother you, then this book might still be good in your opinion. Becky’s writing style is great and very easy to read.

I guess you can not like every single book you read, that is how you find out what you like to read about or not. The other day I thought that I barely read books that I don’t like. But I guess, the universe decided it was time to read a book that I did not like. Maybe it was karma. Still hoping that Becky’s other books are politics-free and I can read them because this book did not change my opinion about Becky. I just picked the wrong one, that was not meant for me.



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