Book Review: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge Prompt: None used Other PS 2020 reading prompts this would satisfy: A book that's published in ...

PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge Prompt: None used

Other PS 2020 reading prompts this would satisfy: A book that's published in 2020, A book about or involving social media, A book by a WOC, A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads

TW: Voter suppression, racism, death, gun violence not on page

I loved Brandy Colbert's novel Little & Lion, and I knew I had to read her latest, The Voting Booth, which centers around teens fighting against voter suppression. It's a perfect time for this book's release and promoting discussions among teens (and everyone) about the importance of voting.

Marva is a driven 18-year old determined to end voter suppression and encourage those around her to take their time and vote. While at her polling place, she meets Duke, another teen in her neighborhood who's out to vote on election day. The bad news - Duke isn't able to vote. So Marva does everything in her power to make sure that Duke can vote. They spend the day together trying to ensure Duke's vote gets counted. And along the way, maybe they start falling for each other.

This book was just as incredible as Colbert's Little & Lion. I loved both Marva and Duke. They're wonderful characters with interesting background and development. I appreciated both of their stories and getting to know more about their families and experiences both in and out of school. Their families were also such an integral part of their stories, and I really loved that. It wasn't really one of those books were their families are so horrible, which seems to be a trend in plenty of books. So, the family piece was so lovely.

I honestly just love Colbert's writing and her style of story-telling. She knows how to write relatable characters that are so impossible to not fall in love with. I also found that the plot was so cute and should be a more common theme. The polling place issues, the missing cat side-story, the community-based storyline, the conversations about race impacting things that should seem mundane - it was all so perfectly constructed.

"These issues affect me and a lot of people I know and love. I don't have the luxury of just not voting, and you shouldn't take advantage of the fact that you do!" - The Voting Booth, Brandy Colbert

Colbert created such a wonderful story with beautiful story-telling, the most adorable meet-cute, and all surrounded by such a politically-aware theme. The characters were well-written and well-developed. I loved this story.

Goodreads rating: ★★★★★

*Thanks to Netgalley for the digital review copy. All opinions are my own.

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