The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

A fantabulous coming of age story that every parent and HSC student MUST read!!!
-5 stars-

Sarah Ayoub first dazzled us with her debut novel “Hate is Such a Strong Word” – a contemporary YA novel that explores the issues in reverse racism in Australia today… Sarah has returned with her 2nd YA novel “The Year Book Committee” Another fantastic read that every parent and senior high school student MUST READ!!!

A cleverly constructed story of 5 unlikely teenagers – the loner, the school captain, the popular girl, the newcomer and the MP’s daughter are thrown together to compile the traditional legacy for their final year – The Year 12 Yearbook.. The story demonstrates the complexity of teamwork and conflict resolution – how differences are to be put aside to achieve a common goal…

What I loved so much about this book was how clearly defined each character was and how their lives were so different from one another. You can distinguish each character through their life and dialogue. The plot and each character really develop well from beginning to end of this story and it was interesting how each character can live a completely different life away from school yet when they are in school, everyone is an equal regardless of what each student may think..

The story brought back fond memories of my senior high school years as I too, were on the yearbook committee but I also felt a sense of disappointment. I found while reading this, not a lot has changed from generation to generation.. peer pressure, transition from high school to real world, bullying, drugs and desires to fit in with the ‘in crowd’ still exist today and with such easy access to technology now days, these issues are even harder to deal with and very concerning..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was difficult to choose a favourite character as each character had their flaws but they also had a lot of merits. So relevant, so well written, such an addictive read – this is one of my favourites of 2016!!!

-Annie

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