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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Misfit teen Lola Lundy has every right to her anger and her misery. Shes 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 Lolas mother her life. Then, one night, she falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library, where shes seen an old yearbookfrom ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 2015 by Merit Press
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
Well, this is a hard review to write. There are things wrong with this book, things that I feel may irritate the average reader, things that irritated me. But then... I also really liked it. Hence the confusion.

So, what appealed to me? Good question! 

The story was just really captivating. The idea of being stuck in time was so cool. And Lola never felt like she belonged, so when she found a place (time?) that suited her, it was
Đurđica Sarjanović
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the time travel part, just because the fact that this is a perfect reason to love and read books, you can always visit some places you've never been in :) This is also my first read from Carol Masciola, and I must say, she has a point with this book. It's well written and it's a good one to read. Well, if you like historical fiction/time travel stories
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Imagine cleaning out a small room in the library in your school...then falling asleep looking through an old yearbook you found...and waking up in a completely different year. You wander out of the library to find a school dance going on in the gym, full of people that you don't know. These people talk differently, dress differently, and act differently...and oh, it's also 1924.

And then the realization dawns on
Jennifer Alvarez
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a page-turner!!! Is Lola time-traveling or is she crazy like her mother? This book explores how our expectations of people affect how we interpret their behavior.

When Lola seems to travel to the past, she is dealt a better deck of cards than she's dealt in her own time. But is this a delusional fantasy or is it really happening? Either way, it's refreshing to watch her grow and change in 1923, not because 1923 is better, but because no one there knows about her mother, her foster
Julie Rimpula
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, arc
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Carol!*

Carol Masciola's The Yearbook is a compelling read. I don't usually read historical fiction but this one kept my eyes glued to the pages. And time travel! Yay!

First off, I really enjoyed the story. I liked the unpredictability and the mystery surrounding Lola's time travel. It's something she didn't expect and couldn't control, so it's very
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, e-arcs
A copy of this novel was provided by F+W Media, Inc. for review via Edelweiss.

The Yearbook was a fast and enjoyable read, to sum up.

The beginning of The Yearbook was a bit rocky, I have to say. There were a few things that werent explained very well, or were explained through random scenes outside of the main characters perspective. Even so, once the book gets going, everything pretty much falls into place, so its easy to forgive the beginning.

If youre one who loathes the instalove, The Yearbook
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. The Yearbook is a compelling read. This book kept my eyes glued to the pages. I really enjoyed the story, liked the unpredictability and the mystery surrounding Lola's time travel.
The start was a bit slower than I would have liked, but once the story/plot picked up,
Caryn - iam.caryn
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A completely pleasant surprise. A true little gem of a book.

I bought this book purely for the title. I do yearly alphabet challenge (to read titles starting with each letter of the alphabet) and I needed a Y title.
Im very glad I did!

The Yearbook is a charming and imaginative story about love and time travel. It was a very fast read because I didnt want to stop reading it. I definitely recommend picking it up if you want something light and lovely to read.
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

My feelings about this book were all over the map. I'm not sure if I can properly explain in words how I felt about this book. I really liked the premise of the book but at the same time I had a hard time warming up to it.

I think my biggest problem with the story was Lola herself. As much as I wanted to I
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I love time travel novels (my favorite being Overseas by Beatriz Williams). I love them so much I have already read two YA time travel novels this year and I have one coming to me from Book Depository in the mail. I think it all stems from my favorite book being A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle as a child, but I digress. When I had originally read the description for this book when I was doing collection development for the library collection I am responsible for ... I whispered to myself ...more
Laura Connor
May 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I got this book from MeritPress.
I was very interested in the concept of this book when I read the summary, however it was very scattered and hard to get into. From the very first sentence I was very confused. It seemed that this book launched into the story without giving it a proper exposition. Then when she does time-travel for the first time, too much goes on in such a short period of time that it made it hard to connect. I felt as if Lola could be a very developed character but her life was
Clara Whitcomb
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Yearbook is a fast read, filled with twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. And it's comforting as a teen to be able to relate to a character (Lola) who is also struggling to find her place in society. And when she finally does, it's something so incredible that I almost wish it would happen to me. Lola discovers an old high school yearbook from the twenties, and ends up going to high school with them. A senior myself, it's funny to see how seniors in the twenties acted so differently ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! It reads sort of like a cool 1980s movie that would have starred Molly Ringwald. :) Lola is a troubled teen who travels back in time and finds a life more suited to her. The author really captures the feeling of a better time. I think that most modern day people would be surprised at how much they would prefer the past if they only could experience it. This novel brings the time period to life. Lola is a believable girl and someone you will absolutely root for. This is a ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: yabc

It's going to be hard to not tell spoilers here. 'tis the life of a book reviewer. Of course, I could willingly do a little trolling, but that would be mean. And it will ruin the experience for all those potential readers.

Okay, here we go.

Lola Lundy is a troubled teen. She has a terrible past, a rough time at school, and a group home to live in. All those three things make her life very miserable, but when she experiences a trip back to 1924, she truly lives and comes alive. Sure, there
Emily Ross
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this enchanting and compelling novel about a teen in trouble who time travels!

Lola Lundy, the girl at the heart of this beautifully written book, lives in a group home, has a history of running away, no close friends, and like many teens caught in a system that is supposed to help them, she is labeled but not really understood. Her mentally ill mother is dead and there is no one who really cares about her. From the opening pages, it is clear that she does not feel at home anywhere. When
Apr 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from MeritPress.
I am usually a fan of time travel books, but this one is an exception. I never got ahold on how time travel worked in this universe. Sometimes Lola came back to the exact moment she left, other times she went to a different week. At the end, everyone magically aged backwards, but other times Lola kept her age. If the laws of spacetime are going to be broken, they need to be broken consistently.
I felt like this book was too short. The plot jumped
Max Fischer
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens; adults who enjoy science fiction
This book seemed to combine the 2013 pop song, "Cool Kids" by Echosmith with the best of Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone".

To begin with troubled Lola Lundy, a delinquent ward of the state, wishes to belong. Orphaned and in a group home, she has no close friends. The universal theme of needing acceptance is the powerful driving force in the first half of Masciola's novel. Lola finds much greater acceptance from society---her peer group and adults----in a setting some ninety years in the past.

Kelly MacIver
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. The main character finds out that her husband is cheating on her right after she hits a deer with her Corolla and is then fired from her fast food job for being late. She's totally wacky so of course she takes off on a road trip to Niagara Falls with her even wackier grandmother, and along the way torches a jet ski and the Cadillac courtesy of the grandmother's lesbian cousin who owns 22 pet food stores in order to hide it as the getaway car used to rob a different location of ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Kind of a weird idea for a book, that could've been saved by a good writer, but seemed to kind of crash and burn in reality. The characters don't really have that much depth, and only partial back stories. Nothing is ever really described in detail, and the transitions are so quick you almost miss them. Lola Lundy is a poor main character, very ignorant and oblivious to people who are trying to help her. Third person omniscient, it didn't really work in the writer's advantage like it usually ...more
Rebecca Allen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let her take you back in time to your best self

I'm not the target audience for a YA novel since I'm retired. And I have to say I've been a fan of Carol's lyrical writing since editing her stories in the Orange County Register. That said, this is a compelling tale of a teen who wants to escape her miserable present to a past where she has a lovely home and loving family and friends. I think all young people would like to escape to that lovely world. I loved this book for the beautiful writing,
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 11 months


This book was very moving!

My favorite character is Whoopsie because she knew what she wanted and went for it. She didn't back down from the challenge even when everyone was against her. She still went after her dream.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love The Yearbook! A young adult time-travel romance with snappy writing, unexpected twists and, thankfully, not a vampire in sight. Carol Masciola has dreamed up a quirky cast of characters you will be rooting for, and chuckling with. This is a page-turner of a first noveI. I cant wait to see what Masciola writes next! I only hope Whoopsie will have a cameo in it.
--Lori Basheda
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love the cover. And also the 1920s flapper element. Lola Lundy may not be the brightest bulb, but she's got a lot of spunk. I was rooting for her from the very beginning. THE YEARBOOK is an unusual novel, written in a brisk, clean style. I enjoyed it very much.
Brad Janowski
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh take on time travel

I enjoyed this novel and the twist the author gives to the idea of time travel by a teenage girl. I also love the old lady character from the thrift store.
Rich Wagner
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kind of a different take on the whole time traveling storyline.A girl looking to escape her life finds a new home and a place to fit in in the past.But is this really happening or a sign of mental illness. Though it bogged down a bit in the middle it's still a satisfying read.
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Fun YA time-travel book. 16-year-old Lola Lundy's life is pretty complicated. Then one day while she is helping to clean up a room in her high school library, she falls asleep and wakes up in the same room in the fall of 1923... This was a fun, quick read!
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Greatt Read

Being interested in time travel my entire life, I couldn't dare pass this book aside. I loved it! A rational, scientific method is described. The only part I doubted was the Sunday shopping in a small town. Otherwise, it was a great read.
Kerstin March
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Masciolas debut YA novel is a touching story that takes the reader back in time, as well as into the mind of a troubled girl who battles mental illness. Beautiful and memorable, this novel will appeal to readers of all ages. Highly recommend. ...more
Sabina Colleran
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
what a little treasure! such a lovely read. I felt the heartbreak and love as if I was living in the book. I felt the weirdness of time travel too. this book reminds me of books I read growing up, the way it held my attention as most books for adults can't. fast read, and such fun!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really liked this one - had to stay up late to finish it and see how it ended!
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Carol Masciola got the idea for her novel, The Yearbook (a USA Today bestseller), after inheriting a 1924 yearbook that had belonged to her grandmother. She is a former newspaper reporter and winner of the PEN/West Literary Award in journalism. Her screenplays THE FIERY DEPTHS and CRUSADE FOR JACOB are being produced by Clever Girl Productions and Under the Stairs Entertainment. She is a graduate

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