The Yearbook by Carol Masciola
Published by Simon Pulse on November 15, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Social & Family Issues, Orphans & Foster Homes
Source: Sent to me for review by Merit Press
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My Rating: ★★★ 3/5
// SYNOPSIS //
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 Hemming’s, 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?
// MY THOUGHTS //
Finally, I am back with another review! I finished this book about two weeks ago, but came down with a terrible horrible stomach bug, so I didn’t feel up to posting. But, I’m all better (thank you lord!) and back with another review! So without further ado… (yeah, that totally rhymed and I’m kind of proud of it!)
First and foremost I’d like to thank Merit Press for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! You all are to kind!
Lola is a misunderstood teen trying to find her place in the world much like everyone else her age. She’s living in a orphanage trying to keep her life in order, but it’s not easy whenever expects her to go crazy like her mother did. This is a really cute story about a young woman who finds a mysterious yearbook that somehow sends her back to the 1920’s. A time where Lola finally feels like she fits in. But, is it real? Or has Lola succumbed to the family illness?
That’s a question I found myself asking a lot. Is it real? I loved the suspense behind the time travel and the final answer at the end. Lola was a lovely witty character, but I wish we could have learned just a little bit more of her backstory with her mother.
The author did a wonderful job recreating the historical 1920’s in her writing. I am a huge fan of the 20’s so I found this to be such a cute accurate take on the era. From the flapper dresses and white gloves to the “for the love of cucumbers.” If you’re looking for a light historical time travel read The Yearbook is for you!
Have you read The Yearbook? If so, what are your thoughts? What are some of your favorite time travel reads?! Let me know in the comments below!