Paige Vickers is most likely to be forgotten. She’s in year 11 and nobody really knows who she is and she’s okay with that. At least if nobody knows who you are, then mean girls Grace Langdon and Amelia Murray can’t make your life miserable.
Paige’s home life isn’t great either. Her older brother Adam moved away to start university, leaving Paige alone with her emotionally abusive father and complicit mother. It’s best for Paige to stay out of everyone’s way because they all treat her like she doesn’t exist.
But when Paige starts to find writing in the margins of the books she checks out at the school library, she realizes that maybe one other person gets it. His observations of the world around him hit close to home. When Paige concocts a plan to find out who this mystery person is, they begin to communicate through the pages of their favorite books.
Elijah Jones is unlike any other person she’s ever met. He’s confident, self-aware and doesn’t buy into the things that everyone in Paige’s year does. The two have an immediate connection in real life and he encourages Paige to tell the truth. See, as a newspaper reporter, Paige got dragged into Grace and Amelia’s plan for the ultimate yearbook and Paige is supposed to make that happen. But what if she’s ready to tell a different story?
The Yearbook is an emotional YA contemporary about mental health, abuse and learning to love yourself. Based on the description, we were expecting a Mean Girls style romcom. But what we got was so much better than we could have imagined.
Paige Vickers is an amazing protagonist. She’s realistic and paints a picture of what it’s like to exist when everyone tells you how insignificant you are. We loved watching Paige gain self-confidence and learn to speak her truth. Even though there are a lot of consequences, she’s able to finally start rewriting her story.
Elijah Jones is adorable and swoonworthy, even before we got to meet him. He stood out to us right away because we’re not sure we’ve ever seen such a mature and deep male love interest in YA before. We love everything he wrote in the margins of his books and how he always encouraged, but never pressured Paige. Plus, one of our favorite parts of the book was when he took Paige to London and they finally opened up to each other about their respective pain.
Another star of the book was Paige’s Aunt Polly, who was the only adult to actually take care of Paige. Thankfully at least one person could handle some adult responsibilities, unlike Paige’s parents. Paige’s parents were the absolute worst and we wanted to go into the book and save Paige from the massive heartache they caused her.
While we recommend this book for everyone, we will warn you that the themes of bullying might be triggering to those who’ve faced it in the past. It’s not always easy to read how bad Grace and Amelia are at school and how twisted Paige’s dad can be.
Overall, we loved this book and we wished we picked it up sooner. It’s perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Every Day.
The 10 Best Quotes from The Yearbook
We loved this book so much that we wanted to share our favorite quotes in the book with you!