YES: Jamie 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 Maya.
NO: Maya 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 her.
MAYBE SO: Going 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 crush of the century is another thing entirely. New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed collaborate in this dual perspective story about the power of love and resistance.
"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." — Publishers Weekly
|14 and up
|Becky Albertalli, Aisha Saeed
|Feb 4, 2020
|Balzer + Bray