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Publisher's Summary

An audiobook about the power of love and resistance from New York Times best-selling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.

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.

©2020 Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Narrating alternating chapters, Michael Crouch and Tiya Sircar are just as appealing as the pair of Georgia teens they portray.... Crouch is endearingly awkward as Jamie, who's nervous about knocking on doors - but that's nothing compared to the idea of giving a speech at his little sister's bat mitzvah. Sircar conveys Maya's sunny personality as well as her vulnerability as she struggles with her parents' separation during Ramadan while also feeling estranged from her best friend.... Listeners will be equally invested in the progression of Jamie and Maya's relationship and the outcome of the election." (AudioFile Magazine)

Editor's Pick

I vote yes
"It’s hard to be under 18 in the current political climate. You want to affect change, but you’re not of legal age to vote. In this moving, quirky, wonderful audiobook, Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed show that if you have the passion, you can make a difference no matter how old you are. Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman spend an unexpected summer together going door to door for their local state senate candidate who’s running in a special election. Jamie considers himself an awkward introvert not cut out for public speaking, and Maya is volunteering against her will, but slowly they start to see the value in what they’re doing. And as Jamie and Maya discover the issues they care about, they realize that they care about each other, too. I could not get enough of this charming listen, which is performed by Tiya Sircar and Michael Crouch—it was the sweet and hopeful note I needed to kick off this election year." —Katie O., Audible Editor

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Great read!

This has a lot of elements going on and I thought it was well done. The main characters both dealt with discrimination based on their religions, one Jewish, one Muslim. The political aspect was also prominent and the explanation of our current climate was spot on and perfect. Using Bowser and the Koopa Troopers to explain Trump and all the lower rung racists in power was brilliant. I think a lot of teenagers feel the way Maya and Jamie feel. Trapped in this new world where racism is okay because a leader says it is and unable to do much about it because they can't vote and a general feeling of helplessness. The friendship and romance were fun and cute, but the best part for me was the political aspect. What a relevant and relatable book! If you aren't a democrat or don't support the Muslim religion, this book is probably not for you.

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Light fun audio book on serious timely issues

Listened to this books over the course of a few weeks of running. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention during the early days of the pandemic (when nothing was). I love Muslim culture and that the book weaves it into current politics, us v them mentalities, social media frenzies, and all with a light, friendly coming of age story.

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Swoon worthy

This story had me smiling and laughing while listening. Albertalli nails it again and I’m a new fan of Saeed! Instantly relatable they capture the inner voice of a young adult so well. Tiya Sicar did a great job voicing Maya! Michael Crouch will always be one of my favorite narrators. If you like him in this book I recommend checking out the other books he’s done work on, he always works on interesting and well written books!

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Cute story with an important message

When I first started the book, I didn't think I was going to like it. I put it away for a few days and came back to it with a fresh ear and I really enjoyed it. It's a story of friendship, love and local political elections. It's a good read.

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I really enjoyed this book. The characters and detail were wonderful and I loved the concept! executed pretty great!

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adorable. relevant. uplifting.

This is a perfect coming of age love story with two awkward teenagers trying to make a difference in the world. so cute and heartwarming and the narrative is perfect and real. and the performances were spot on. love love loved it.

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Soooo good!!

Hope high schools are making this required reading. The issues, character development, flow. Just perfectly written. Thank you!!!

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A difficult listen

Depressing to listen to a book depicting Republicans as hateful and ignorant people who of course instantly hate someone of color-based on nothing but the color of their skin. I wonder if the authors even realize the irony of that. Made it hard to listen to.

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One is way too whiny & one way too entitled . Engrossing & good characters. Sidesteps the parent reaction, though.

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A refreshing book for the 2020 election season

The leading characters are coming-of-age teenagers. They volunteer in an election campaign and grow into the idea of working hard to try to elect someone who cares more about people than the opposing candidate. Even though I’m an adult, I can identify with these teenagers, having volunteered in important elections myself and I know the feeling of trying to do whatever I can to “save Democracy. “ So many details in this book ring true. The growth (and the romance) of the main characters feels fresh and honest, as well. It was rewarding to read about young people who sincerely come to care about righting wrongs and making their world a better place, like so many real teenagers these days. A change from being portrayed as vacant kids with petty friendship concerns. I also appreciated the message from the characters at the end of the book. Loved it.