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?
"Masciola writes a solid debut novel that teen girls will love.... The suspense and surprises will keep readers eager to learn how the story ends." --VOYA Magazine
"The ending. Wow. Grand conclusion. The Yearbook is obviously a standalone. Loose ends tied, amazing scenes, a gripping piece of dialogue.... An amazing story of a girl who may or may not be insane.... It's a great story to sink my feet into." --YA Books Central
"A troubled girl in foster care...finds a high school yearbook and becomes fascinated with it, suddenly finding herself back in the 1920s at a school dance.... Masciola keeps pages turning by focusing on Lola's emotional rebellion while providing entertaining details about life in 1923. An entertaining, undemanding time-travel romance." --Kirkus Reviews
"Lola...battles with the mental illness and poor choices that run in her family. Lola finds a portal that transports her to the 1920s.... Masciola clearly defines the eras that Lola inhabits, with unobtrusive references to all aspects of culture. Lola is likable and real in her interactions.... Mental illness and its effects are honestly and sensitively portrayed.... Readers will...care about Lola and want to discover her fate." --School Library Journal
"The novel also explores the fears, prejudices and societal expectations of those coming from a background of mental illness.... The sweet ending is a perfect collision of the past into the present. I am a sucker for a good time-travel romance, and this is a story that will resonate with many readers--teen and adult." --USA Today
"An intriguing book. Lola Lundy is a fabulous character who all can relate to. 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. Well written and I will follow this author in the future." --Night Owl Reviews