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“The Yearbook” by Holly Bourne bringing back those emotional memories

This is YA at its finest, but with a caveat


Disclaimer: I’ve received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley, this doesn’t influence my opinion or review. Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing me with a reader copy in exchange for an honest review.


Personal Experience:

Quote: 

“The end of childhood = realizing adults don’t know what the hell they’re doing”

Who should read it? Anyone who’s ready for an emotional YA read.

Would I recommend it? Yes!

TW: Domestic abuse, bullying


Wow, wasn’t this book SO sadly relatable, even for those like me, who have finished high school a long time ago. Truth is I still remember being bullied back at school and it made me realize there are things you just don’t forget. I even remember my own yearbook and how one of my classmates accused me of “not being able to take a joke”, thank you for calling that out, Holly! Those jokes that were only funny for the bullies, not the ones being bullied. Looking back, for a moment, it feels silly even. “We were kids” is what always seems to come to mind. Reading this book, however, reminded me of how much this is an actual problem — a serious one. And Holly Bourne did an amazing job depicting it through this not-so-light read.

This is what I particularly loved about this book:

🧡 The growth of the main character

It’s amazing to see how Paige grows; first, literally, through the school years; then mostly as part of her inner journey towards self-acceptance and discovery. This is also where things get heavy though, because Paige deals with so much more than what happens at school.

🧡 The fast pace

Despite the book being much heavier than what the cover made it look like (not that much of a Mean Girls vibe), it never gets boring. It kept me curious to know more about Paige and her personal struggles, and what the next move of hers would be! Her path towards self-discovery until she was able to understand her core values and beliefs was an exciting one.

🧡 The romance

Who doesn’t like a little bit of romance? While it was not the central part of the story, it was sweet, cute, and even a bit unpredictable.

What I didn’t like so much:

🌧️ The cover-synopsis-content mismatch

I was in the mood for a light read, and I got everything but! While this ended up not being a bad thing, I wonder who might miss the content of this book because of the misleading cover and synopsis, or those who might feel disconnected from the book due to having wrong expectations.


Overall, “The Yearbook” was an emotional rollercoaster of a book that spoke a lot to me. I’m sure many will enjoy it, as long as they see past the colorful cover.

The Yearbook
by Holly Bourne
Publication date: May 2021
Genre: YA, Contemporary

The dramas, the traumas, the rumours – it’s time to expose it all… The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls in this scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown from the queen of UKYA.

Most likely to…be forgotten
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just fake. They’re poison.

But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah – the only boy who could ever understand her – she’s going to reveal the truth.
 

 

the yearbook

2 Responses

  1. I”ve been out of High School quite a bit longer than you, but I feel like this is a book I could connect with too.

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