The Yearbook Committee / Sarah Ayoub / Harper Collins Publishers Australia / 2016 / ISBN 36009913517 / 320 pages / Young Adult
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub is a knock about, generation book about the ups and downs of adolescent life. The book follows the lives of 5 teenagers in their last year of high school, who come from completely different friendship groups with all different family backgrounds, and are forced into helping create their year book. In the process of the year book being made, these unlikely of friends not only become close but they also get the chance to learn more about the people they thought were there friends, and in the process whole lives are changed.
Sarah Ayoub has a way with words. Simple but elegant, Sarah has been able to create a young adult book that is so relevant to the society we live in today by using words, terminology and emotions that are being used right now by the age group of her characters within the story. Sarah’s greatest feat though is her ability to let readers understand and make them know that what they are going through can have long life effects and that it is the people who you choose to surround yourself with that can make all the difference.
I was personally moved by The Yearbook Committee. Having finished high school only five years ago, the stuff, the incidents, the memories that I have from my time at high school are still fresh and I am able to relate them back to the book easily. If I am able to see myself or my friends in a book and place myself in its situations I know that I won’t be the only one. And with that comes great power because Sarah Ayoub has the opportunity and ability to effect and change teenagers lives, but also adult lives, because let’s face it, the real adult world is just an expensive experience of high school in all seriousness.
I was able to read this book in four short day and will definitely be recommending it to my friend and anyone who asks what they should be reading, because I think Sarah Ayoub has written a type of ‘teenage guide’ that can really perhaps change a person’s life.
I give this book 4.1 out of 5 booky stars.