Marva Sheridan is freshly 18 and thrilled to be voting in her first election. Duke comes from a family where politics are super important but he just wants to do his civic duty and go home. On a chance meeting at the polls, Marva and Duke go all over the city, so that Duke can cast his vote.
I LOVED this book. I have found that I prefer YA contemporaries that have a little something more to them, i.e. Black or POC characters, dealing with issues, etc. Throughout this story Colbert discusses voter suppression, what Black children are taught on how to survive in America, being Black in predominately white spaces and how that feels. In a 300 page book she was able to dive into all of this topics without sounding preachy or without them seeming like they needed more time.
Marva reminded me so much of myself when I was 18. Her unapologetic passion for things that she deemed important and how she navigated being Black in predominately white spaces really resonated with me. Marva was such a phenomenal character.
The relationship between Marva and Duke was so cute. The book takes place over the course of one day and I didn’t feel like their relationship was rushed at all. I thought that the way that it progressed was so realistic and didn’t make me roll my eyes. It wasn’t instalove-y at all.
If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved this book and I HIGHLY recommend. Brandy Colbert has become one of my favorite authors and I would highly recommend that you pick this one up!
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