Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?
Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.
And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change . . . but some things are meant are meant to be.
I mentioned this audiobook in my One Day Reads post, check that out if you want some short audiobooks to listen to. Anyway, I demolished this in one day, basically one sitting. If you’re looking for a quick, easy but fun contemporary, definitely pick this one up.
I love that this book covers some really important topics in an accessible way. Politics is something I think everyone needs to learn about and be involved in. This book, which is aimed at teens, does a really good job at explaining why voting matters and why everyone should vote. Especially, why young voices and voters matter! This is especially relevant at the moment, with the US elections coming up.
The dual POV is great, I liked seeing the two different perspectives. One character is Black and one is mixed with Black. Both have to deal with various issues to do with race. It’s very accessible for everyone, it’s well written and easy understand, obviously being YA, this is perfect for teenagers and young people.
This book is very plot-driven and it’s very short, so there isn’t a ton of time for you to get to know the characters very deeply. That being said, the characters are still well written and relatable, I just don’t think they’d end up in anyone’s top favourites of all time.
Overall, not a new favourite or anything, but a really enjoyable, quick read. I’d recommend this to every teenager, as it has really great messages and deals with important topics. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to Libro.fm for the ALC.
This book was given to me for free in exchange for a honest review.