Review: The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

I’ve never read any of Brandy Colbert’s books before, but after reading and loving this book, I’m definitely going to read her entire backlist! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me the opportunity to read an early copy of this book

Things I liked:

  • I loved the chemistry between the two main characters. Marva’s fervent passion for voting was contagious, and Duke was such a lovable guy! I also loved the little aspects of their characters, like the fact Marva ran an instagram for her adorable cat Selma, and that Duke played the drums in an indie-rock band called Drugstore Sorrow (what an awesome band name by the way!) Their friendship was so natural, and I love how it grew into something more over the course of this book!
  • This book took place over one day, and that is one of favorite tropes! It was such a whirlwind following Marva and Duke trying to get his vote counted, and I was so invested along with the characters.
  • I also love how this book approached the heavy topics that it sought to discuss. The author was never preaching, and the experiences of being Black in America were an integral part of the story without taking over the actual plot. It’s just as important to read books about Black people just being people, and The Voting Booth did just that. 
    • There was also a really impactful scene where the two characters getting pulled over by a police officer that really hit me hard. 
  • The family aspects and relationships in this book really ranged, but all of them tugged at my heart strings. Marva’s parents were so loving and supportive, and while Duke’s parents obviously love and care for him, they didn’t always see eye to eye. I could relate to both situations, but I just loved how present both sets of parents were!

Basically I loved everything about this book, and I want everyone to read it!!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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