The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Five teenagers. Fiv26241526e lives. One final year.

The school captain: Ryan has it all … or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?

The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends …

The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He’s been single-handedly holding things together since his mum’s breakdown, and he’s never felt so alone.

The popular girl: Well, the popular girl’s best friend … cool by association. Tammi’s always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?

The politician’s daughter: Gillian’s dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she’s learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price.

Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?

(via Goodreads)

I am probably going to be in the minority here, but I didn’t love this book. I liked it. I thought it was well written and engaging, but I just didn’t love it. I felt like I was reading a restrained two-dimensional Breakfast Club.

The characters seemed to be cardboard cut-out stereotypes, like they were handpicked to tell the story. Because of this, it felt like the characters had no substance beyond the book.

Having said that, Ayoub is a wonderful writer. It was just too clinical.

3/5

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