The Yearbook by Holly Bourne- one of the best YA books released in 2021

The Yearbook
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: May 13th 2021

Synopsis of The Yearbook

This is the story of Paige who works in a school newspaper. She doesn’t have any friends at school and is alone all the time. One day while reading a book from the library, she finds annotations written with red pen. The annotations spoke to her, made her feel seen. Soon she meets the person behind the annotations and for the first time in a long time, she feels happy. With this person, she can be herself and say whatever she wants. Their friendship was the softest thing ever.


Meanwhile in school, the popular mean girls initiate the process of making The Yearbook where they want to leave behind their legacy of popularity. They want to show how cool and perfect they were while at the same time they want to remember all embarrassing stuff of other people.

My thoughts

After reading It Only Happens In The Movies and The Yearbook, it can be said with certainty that Holly Bourne writes the finest and realistic YA ficrion.


In The Yearbook, you can clearly see the hypocrisy of the mean popular girls. It’s outright bullying. There was so much bullying in this school, it made me absolutely outrageous. My heart went out to Paige. Holly Bourne has created such a relatable character whom I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for. It was so sad to see Paige try to be invisible every day at school so that she doesn’t get bullied. The bullies were so cruel and harsh, it broke my heart to see the innocent people get bullied for absolutely no reason.


One of Holly Bourne’s attribute is creating strong dysfunctional families. The most interesting thing in this book was Paige’s dysfunctional family. Her parents were absolutely horrible. They didn’t deserve Paige to be honest. But the family dynamics was absolutely captivating. Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely a horrible and toxic environment for Paige at home, but the way the author wrote it, she deserves applauses.

As I said, my heart went out to Paige. Her parents treated her so bad, she lost her only best friend (she didn’t die, she just went away), her school is filled with bullies, she is lonely. But Elijah and her aunt were absolute angels. They were her beacon of hope in her pitiful broken home where her parents ignored her and her brother didn’t care enough for her. The way her aunt and Elijah treated her with love and affection was immensely heart touching. I cried happy tears in the end because of their kindness.

In case you didn’t guess yet, but I loved this book to bits. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Holly Bourne is officially my new favorite YA author.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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