Book: The Voting Booth
Author: Brandy Colbert
Marva Sheridan wants to vote. All her life she has been committed to making a difference, and what better way than through the election? She has spent months educating people and registering voters. She is ready. So, when she sees Duke Crenshaw get turned away, she is outraged. Everyone has a right to make their voice heard. That’s how their day begins. They might start out as strangers but after a missing cat, a few too many lines, and a shared desire to vote a connection is formed.
This is such a timely read. It tackles the importance of voting, racism, police brutality, gun violence, and finding one’s true self. It is a great book about political activism that is both meaningful and powerful. I think this is a story that YA readers need to hear.
I really loved every part of this book except for the romance. The whole falling for each other in a day just isn’t my favorite. I don’t know, it just seems so fast. The good news is romance isn’t what should be taken away from this book. There are way more important ideas and themes in this book, which is why The Voting Booth is one of my favorite books from this year.
The characters faced so many obstacles. Each one heightened the stakes and made me root for them even more. I feel like the characters discovered things within themselves along the way too. They didn’t necessarily change, but they realized what was important to them and how to vocalize it and speak out.
We were able to learn a lot about Marva and Duke even though the entire book took place in a span of 24 hours. Flashbacks helped provide insight to the character’s lives and wove together many subplots. The flashbacks took me out of the story and I wasn’t a huge fan of it.
I really love this book. It was fast paced, impactful, and honest. If you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend you check it out.
Have you read The Voting Booth? What did you think? Let me know in the comments 🙂