5 Young Adult Books About Politics

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In celebration of election season mostly being over with, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Young Adult books about politics.

Running by Natalia Sylvester

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Running by Natalia Sylvester is about a Cuban-American girl who’s life is turned upside-down after her father announces he is running for President. As Election Day comes closer, Mariana Ruiz begins to see her father in a whole new light, one she never wanted to see.

Mariana has to decide whether she has the courage to publicly denounce her father, and whether she should in the first place.

This book came out earlier this year and is Sylvester’s debut novel. Running has received positive reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, and more.

You can find where to buy this novel here.

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

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I was luck enough to receive an early copy of this book earlier this year and really enjoyed it.

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson is about the son of the democratic nominee and the son of the republican nominee falling in love while their parents are hashing it out on the debate stage for President.

It may seem a bit cheesy, but I actually did enjoy it. The republican nominee was a woman and by the end of the story, was accepting of her son’s sexuality, which I appreciated.

This book received positive reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

You can find where to buy this novel here.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

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Yes No Maybe So is another novel that I received an early copy of and I enjoyed it a lot.

When Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman begin canvassing in Georgia for their local state senate candidate, they begin to grow closer and learn more about the one another’s cultures.

This book I think is a really great lesson on how political campaigning works and how despite coming from separate places, two cultures can come together to achieve a common goal.

This novel received positive reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal.

You can learn where to buy this novel here.

The Voting Booth by Brady Colbert

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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.

They begin rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and time again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. As Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system, it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.

You can learn where to buy this book here.

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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This book is not in the Young Adult genre, it’s considered New Adult, but since it was very popular last year, I thought I’d include it.

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined.

I absolutely fell in love with this book last year when it first came out and I still highly recommend it to everyone.

You can learn where to buy this novel here.

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