The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: July 7th, 2020
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Politics, Realistic Fiction, Family Death, Romance
Well, I’m convinced. Marva convinced me. It’s not like I thought voting was pointless before reading this book, but Marva’s fervour and assertion about the importance of voting crawled into me slowly and settled there.
By schooling Duke on the issue, as well as her long-time boyfriend Alec, it was like she was giving us, the readers, a lesson also, but indirectly. It’s a good way for an author to spread her message without being too aggressive. But yes, in this case, I was definitely Duke, and unfortunately, I don’t know anyone in my life who would be Marva.
I was hooked from the very beginning. I’m not surprised this particular title was published by Disney-Hyperion, as opposed to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, like the majority of Brandy Colbert’s titles, because THE VOTING BOOTH, while being realistic, relatable and meaningful, has a peculiar ‘‘fairytale’’ vibe that appears once in a while. But also, I think Disney-Hyperion is trying to get a little edgier nowadays and explore issues that are relevant to the youth of today in America.
In my opinion, THE VOTING BOOTH is Brandy Colbert’s most important novel to date, and that’s not an automatic quality, since THE ONLY BLACK GIRLS IN TOWN and THE REVOLUTION OF BIRDIE RANDOLPH are also pretty powerful.