Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Yearbook Committee

I recommend
"The Yearbook Committee" by Sarah Ayoub as a popular young adult book choice for 2016.

It is the final year of high school and five very different teens are thrown together to form a committee to produce a yearbook. Mayhem ensues as none of the teens get along.

Charlie has just arrived in Sydney from Melbourne, intending to complete her year's study, then move back to Melbourne as quickly as possible. Charlie is sharply intelligent, strong and cynical.

Ryan is the popular school captain whose friends are cool and attractive. From the offset there is friction between Ryan and Charlie and it is clear they are on a collision course. Or is it a case of opposites attracting?

Then there's Matty. The reader gains his/her first impression of Matty as he crawls through a hole in the school fence to escape. Unfortunately for Matty he gets caught half way through by a vigilant teacher. Sigh! But Matty has his reasons for wagging school and we soon find out what they are.

Tammi is co-erced into joining the committee by her best friend and school bully, Lauren. Tammi is also being pressured by her boyfriend. Will she be able to assert her independence?

Last but not least is Gillian, who has parents who are constantly in the public spotlight, and have little time to spend on their children.

Ryan expressed his despair of the whole committee-
'You know,' he says, 'I've debated the best teams in Sydney and won, I've captained our soccer team to three grand finals and won two of those, and I walked the Kokoda Track with my Dad when I was fifteen - and all of that was cake compared to this stupid project!'

Snappy dialogue, humourous and also sad and poignant.
Read on!  

-Ann

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