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Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

“I wish I knew why some people keep holding hands and why some people stop.”

Title: Yes No Maybe So

Author: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Type: Standalone

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Politics

This YA book was definitely not what I expected at all, and I don't mean this in exclusively a good or bad way. The good was that it surprised me, I had never read a fiction political book and I found myself very intrigued about the process of the elections and the characters involvement in this said event. Negatively, I had an erroneous idea that this was a NA book not a YA book. Hence, when I picked it up I thought it was a political romance (more romance than politics) and it was the complete opposite. It wasn't something bad, but I obviously grabbed it with a different idea of what I wanted to read.

The story and the plot line did end up growing on. The characters were very childish at times (mostly on how they dealt with their feelings), which made sense with the age they were. However, they were very mature when discussing the timely issues of the elections. Many feelings and ideas they shared really impressed me because honestly when I was in HS I wasn't as passionate for politics and nowadays I feel it is so important for everyone to have an opinion and not be ignorant about the bills and the issues that are being passed right in front of us.

The book made me want to have more of an active role in the politics of the place I reside in and learn about the governmental figures that are mandating our neighborhoods. This in point made the story all more interesting to read, as soon as you learn something new it is a worthwhile book.

Now, as mentioned above this I did not find myself enjoying the romance. This is also because lately I have not been enjoying any YA contemporaries, and it is not really that the love story is bad, it it just that my taste in romance has upped a notched and merely kissing each other is not suffice for me anymore. Nevertheless I did find our two main characters ridiculously cute, and for a HS love story it is pretty epic.

“We 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?”

--- 3.5 stars ---