Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Yearbook by Carol Masciola


Misfit teen Lola Lundy has every right to her anger and her misery. She's failing in school, living in a group home, and social workers keep watching her like hawks, waiting for her to show signs of the horrible mental illness that cost Lola's mother her life. Then, one night, she falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library, where she's seen an old yearbook--from the days when the place was an upscale academy for young scholars instead of a dump. When Lola wakes, it's to a scene that is nothing short of impossible. Lola quickly determines that she's gone back to the past--eighty years in the past, to be exact. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, where Lola meets the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of '24. His face is familiar, because she's seen his senior portrait in the yearbook. By night's end, Lola thinks she sees hope for her disastrous present: She'll make a new future for herself in the past. But is it real? Or has the major mental illness in Lola's family background finally claimed her? Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into a romantic hallucination she created in her own mind, wishing on the ragged pages of a yearbook from a more graceful time long ago?

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 11 months


This book was very moving! 

My favorite character is Whoopsie because she knew what she wanted and went for it. She didn't back down from the challenge even when everyone was against her. She still went after her dream. 

My favorite part is when Lola first meets everyone at the dance because I can feel her happiness coming out of the book and pouring into me. 

I recommend this book for anyone who likes time travel, trouble, the Roaring Twenties and inspiring characters. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up. 

This book's publishing date is November 15, 2015.