I have to begin by saying that this is a very US-centric book in the narration, but the story itself could probably be expanded to other countries. I say this because I have a semblance of understanding of the US political scenario the past couple of years, and that did help me enjoy the book as much as I did.
The story is told by two high-schoolers who are a year away from being able to vote. Maya and Jamie are minorities in their own way. They have a whole other life with people who go to their mosque and temple respectively apart from those of a regular teenage lifestyle except for some differences. Jamie is very interested in politics and is extremely awkward, and Maya has but one friend who is going away to college. It was a cute story, and despite neither character being even close to my age group, I still empathised and sympathised with their situations. I enjoyed both versions of the narrative and seeing the story from different eyes in alternating chapters. I would have given it a full five stars if the ending had turned out slightly different. I actually would have really liked it if they had stayed platonic best friends (it is not really a spoiler).
The story highlights some things that affect teenagers in society regularly and the helplessness that can go with it. There is also an essential factor in it, they question the ‘going with the crowd’ phenomena at crucial junctions. They show us that it is an informed decision that they are making and not protesting for something just because their loyalties lie with a different political power and that I think is something a lot of young people in multiple countries need to look into, although a few do read up on all the facts.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.