I’m doing the React projects right now and was in a similar position to you.
There are other sources one can use to learn React, and I can guarantee you, it is so worth it for organizing a complex user interface. And React teaches you how to think and stay organized, rather than getting lost in event logic flow hell.
I would go through the entire “Quick Start” section on the left column, that is, from “Hello World” to “Thinking in React” on this link to Facebook’s React site.
Then, read the tutorial on their site second, which goes through a tic-tac-toe project where you can reverse your moves.
Another possibility is the Udemy course Modern React with Redux. If you buy it now, it’s at a discount and will only cost you 10 bucks. Just go through the first two chapters in the course content that focuses on React only without Redux. It goes through a simple youtube viewer app.