The Voting Booth Interview with Brandy Colbert

tonewall Award-winning and best-selling author BRANDY COLBERT

July 30, 2020
kat simons

One of the “Most Anticipated YA Books of Summer” – Bookpage


A warmly entertaining story at the nexus of teen relationships and activism.” 

– Kirkus, starred review


“Colbert warmly and appealingly addresses issues that many teens, especially those considering how their own first vote play out, are facing.

Strong characterizations within the one-day scope make this a feat of storytelling, too.” - Booklist, starred review


With the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Brandy Colbert’s timely novel, THE VOTING BOOTH, is the perfect introduction to the significance of voting and voter suppression, one of the forefront civil rights battles of our time. With young people more politically engaged than ever, this accessible own voices story featuring two unforgettable African-American teens is sure to garner interest among teens and adults alike.

With local elections always in play, and a huge presidential election looming just months away, it’s more important than ever to encourage our youth to get involved and cast their ballots in each and every election.  Because there’s never a bad time to start getting young people involved in the political process, why not hand them a copy of Brandy Colbert’s newest novel, an all-in-one-day love story about two first- time teen voters who meet at their polling place and overcome obstacle after obstacle in order to cast a ballot in a critical election. 


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 do 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.