The Voting Booth – Published 2020
“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 just meant to be.” – Goodreads
What a delightful little YA audiobook (available on Hoopla, ya’ll)! I listened to this in a few hours and thought it was great. It’s got some diversity and representation, it’s timely (election coming up IRL and in the story), and the characters are funny and interesting.
I think it’s really important for everyone, and young people especially, to exercise their right to vote and to feel passionately about the outcome of an election.
This gave me some The Sun is Also a Star vibes, because two teenagers meet in the morning and spend the day together tackling one another’s adventures.