The Voting Booth

The Voting Booth

Book - 2020
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The first year they're eligible to vote, Marva and Duke meet at their polling place and, over the course of one crazy day, fall in love.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781368053297
1368053297
9781368053686
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm

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Marva is all about exercising your right to vote and this election year she’s finally 18. When she witnesses Duke being turned away at her polling place, Marva makes it her mission to get Duke a ballot, which leads them on a whirlwind day full of polling lines, organized search parties, band gigs, and a pinch of family drama. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert exposes the very real act of… (more)

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In alternating chapters, we meet Marva, who's extremely motivated to vote in her first election, and Duke, who wants to vote but runs into numerous complications at his polling place. Colbert tackles the timely topic of the barriers that hinder voters (especially people of color and the elderly) ... Read More »

In alternating chapters, we meet Marva, who's extremely motivated to vote in her first election, and Duke, who wants to vote but runs into numerous complications at his polling place. Colbert tackles the timely topic of the barriers that hinder voters (especially people of color and the elderly) ... Read More »


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StarGladiator
Jan 03, 2021

Can you dig it?
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https://youtu.be/IKiyAy9vjrk

https://www.theepochtimes.com/more-than-400-ex-intelligence-officers-to-investigate-election-irregularities_3640420.html

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courtws
Jan 02, 2021

As a white female reader (and dog lover) who has had the convenience of voting absentee for decades (and loved to pieces two dogs), I appreciated the new insight (to me) into just how hard and frustrating it can be for some to do something I take entirely for granted: cast a vote. And lose a pet on the very same day. Told in alternating points of view, a day in the polls covered much more and I ended up liking both of the main characters. I'll read more of Colbert's stories. Heartfelt.

ArapahoeStaff26 Oct 21, 2020

The political and the personal share center stage in this timely story of teenage social consciousness and personal connections. Told in the first person by the two main characters in alternating chapters, this novel explores issues affecting our society as it portrays the growing relationship between two Black 18-year olds. Set during a single day the characters Marva and Duke struggle to find the correct polling site, wait in line, share life stories, meet each other's parents, and take a break from serious issues with a visit to the beach and a search for Marva’s lost cat. Racism, voter suppression, Black on Black crime, abortion rights, police brutality, healthcare, if something is causing human suffering Marva is passionate about it.

I found the characters more sympathetic in the text version. In the audio version at times the dialog/narration struck me as cliched or as the characters playing their parts too perfectly, e.g. the perfect serious teenage girl, the perfect mom admonishing her kids not to be late.

STPL_JessH Oct 17, 2020

This is a sweet story told over the course of one election day. It features passionate teens, local politics, and an instagram famous cat. What more could you want?!

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