It’s official, one of 2020’s most exciting releases is coming to the UK. Simon & Schuster Children’s (UK) have acquired the rights to YES NO MAYBE SO, a collaborative novel by Becky Albertalli (Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Aisha Saeed (Written in the Stars.)
If the collaboration of these two incredibly talented YA authors (who arguably deserve some kind of YA crown) was like being surprised with the ice cream sundae of your dreams, the synopsis of YES NO MAYBE SO is the cherry on top.
“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. Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, 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. 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 romance of the century is another thing entirely.”
So, what’s being said about it so far?
“We’ve loved helping these fictional teen nerds fall in love with local activism, with their community, and with each other,” says Becky Albertalli. “We can’t wait to share their story with our readers.”
“We wanted to explore our current reality without shying away from difficult truths, in a story infused with humour and heart,” says Aisha Saeed.
Lucy Rogers, Senior Commissioning Editor says: “This book really does have it all! A real, relatable and oh so readable romance, a social-media savvy granny and – at its heart – a powerful, timely message that anyone and everyone can be involved in making change happen. Plus with two NYT bestselling authors at its helm, we’ve no doubt that Yes No Maybe So is going to win over readers everywhere when it publishes next February.”
With politics, teen activism, romance and social media, we have no doubt YES NO MAYBE SO is going to be everything we could possibly want from a book inspired by the experience of two of YA’s best, campaigning for a U.S. House seat in the wake of Donald Trump‘s election victory.
Then only issue with this book? It isn’t out until February 2020 but with a cover reveal on the horizon and an array of stunning, already released, novels between them, there’s no question it will be worth the wait.