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YA Book Reviews by AmyCandidates, Elections, and Voting Oh My! 

Tomorrow is election day and many people are going to vote and others already have with early voting. It can be seen as a rite of passage for teenagers that are 18, and it is a way to be involved with your future.  

Some of these books I have read and enjoyed, and others I want to add to my reading list because they sound good.  

So, whether you are voting tomorrow or eagerly awaiting the day you can, check out these YA books about candidates, Elections, and voting 


Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed and Becky Albertalli 

Maya is still reeling from her parents divorce and wants to stay busy for the summer; in comes a volunteer opportunity to go door to door campaigning with an old childhood friend. Jamie would love to be a politician; he is passionate about the issues and the community, but his shyness gets the best of him. Maya and Jamie form a friendship over the long and hot summer days, could it turn to more? Will the local candidate they are campaigning for win against the odds?  

I listened to the audiobook version of this story and I really enjoyed the readers: Tiya Sircar and Michael Crouch; they sounded like the perfect versions of Maya and Jamie. I liked that this book focused on local elections and the importance placed on community. I also enjoyed the cultural diversity in both the characters and the conversations that were discussed in the book. The romance was very cute as well.  

Available as an eAudiobook on Overdrive and Hoopla. Also available at the library* for checkout. 


The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert 

Marva has been waiting for November 3rd almost her entire life; she would like to make a difference in her future and she believes voting is where to start. Duke feels obligated to vote since his family believes it is important and will honor the memory of his brother, but Duke just wants to hurry through the line and get to school. During a chance meeting, Marva overhears Duke rejected at the polls and decides to devote her day to helping Duke cast his first ballot.    

This was so much fun to read along with everyone for Teen Reads Live! The characters are smart, funny, and very real; I was always interested in both Marva and Duke’s past and their wild day to vote. This is also a very short and fast read, you could probably fit it in before the election! 

Available on OverdriveHoopla, and at the library* for checkout. 


You Say it First by Katie Cotugno 

Meg volunteers her time working at a voting registration call center, and she bnever knows who can be on the other end of the line. When she calls Colby, he hangs up, not caring about whatever ‘mumbo jumbo’ he thinks she would have said. Colby is struggling and does not want anything added onto the stress, but something draws their paths together and longing for another phone call. Through phone conversations, Colby and Meg become friends that are confiding to each other to learn and grow.   

While this story is not too heavy in the politics, it begins with a phone call from the voter registration list, it is really a story about relationships. I thought it was a quick and compelling read about two teens trying to learn about themselves and each other.  

Available as on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.  


Running by Natalia Sylvester 

When Mari’s father decides to run for president, Mari’s life is turned upside down: lack of privacy due to the press, the untruthful rumor mill is running full force, and everything about her family will be judged and later scrutinized. Mari just wants to be the 15-year-old girl that is learning about who she would like to be, not some perfect politician’s daughter.  

Mari felt like a real teenager and I wanted to support her and have her succeed. I would definitely give this one a read if you like coming of age stories with a focus on family.  

Available as an eBook on Overdrive and at the library* for checkout.  


Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack 

Three teens decide to run for class president; each has their own reasons to want to run. Stacy, an overachiever, has had her eyes on this position for a long time. Julia, the new student, wants to escape her past and do great things. Lastly, there is Tony, not seen as real competition due to his not-so-legal activities, but he becomes passionate about the schools strict guidelines. Three candidates, three stories, but there can only be one winner.  

I have not read this book, but after reading up about it while making this list, I want to read itIt sounds goofy with lots of humor, but hopefully delves into important topics too.  

Available as an eBook in Overdrive and at the library* for checkout. 


*check the link for available copies or to place on hold 


Hello everyone! I’m Amy and I am a Youth Services Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. When I’m not trying to reach my reading goal for the year, I like to talk about what I’m reading to my family, friends, and coworkers. You could say I am a little obsessed with reading Young Adult books. I enjoy most genres, but my favorites include: Westerns, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Mystery. I am always looking for the next great book that makes me connect to its characters and hits me in the feels.