The Yearbook, by Carol Masciola, is an intriguing book. Lola Lundy is a fabulous character who all can relate to. She wants a place to fit in and finds it, in the past. The description of a past visit draws one in and holds you. Each and every one of you will root for this character to get everything she wants. The setting plays a big part in this book and the author depicts it with excellent detail. The journey Lola takes is heart wrenching at times and joyous at other times. She definitely takes emotions on a gammet. I didn't realize until after I'd read this one that it is supposed to be a 'teen' book. As an adult, I loved it. Well written and I will follow this author in the future.
Misfit teen Lola Lundy has every right to her anger and her misery. She's 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 Lola's mother her life. Then, one night, she falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library, where she's seen an old yearbook--from the days when the place was an upscale academy for young scholars instead of a dump. When Lola wakes, it's to a scene that is nothing short of impossible. Lola quickly determines that she's gone back to the past--eighty years in the past, to be exact. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, where Lola meets the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of '24. His face is familiar, because she's seen his senior portrait in the yearbook. By night's end, Lola thinks she sees hope for her disastrous present: She'll make a new future for herself in the past. But is it real? Or has the major mental illness in Lola's family background finally claimed her? Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into a romantic hallucination she created in her own mind, wishing on the ragged pages of a yearbook from a more graceful time long ago?