FOMO (On Reading)

FOMO- short for Fear of Missing Out is when a person is afraid of not following the crowd or being unaware of a social trend which causes them immense anxiety.

For the past year, I’ve been really out of the loop not just with reading but also with blogging and the blogging community. I was connecting well with other Australian bloggers, my blog post inspirations were at an all-time high and BAM. Year 12 happened.

I stopped checking my Goodreads notification, the book club challenge I’d so enthusiastically started got lost amongst task sheets and due dates. Most importantly, I stopped interacting on Twitter or Facebook or Email with readers, bloggers and publishers.

Not reading many books this year wasn’t even the worst of it since I understandably did not have time for leisure reading and hey I have my entire life ahead of me to

Whenever I feel like I’m out of the loop or giving my fullest to something I always remember what Felicity-a former Penguin Teen employee once told us at a Young Adult event. She told us not to feel in a rush to read the latest book or finish a series. Take your time.

I guess that’s what I have to remember. I have three months’ holiday ahead of me and all the time in the world to read and blog. I have my entire life ahead of me.

Do you ever feel left out?

Book reviews

Book Review | The Yearbook Committee

Title: The Yearbook Committee

Author: Sarah Ayoub

Genre: YA Contemporary

26241526Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year.
The school captain: Ryan has it all … or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now?
The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends …
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To be perfectly honest, I am quite impressed with this book, I mean my expectation going in was a light contemporary read about love and life (stereotypical much?)  however, the Yearbook Committee is about so much more: Mental illness, bullying and psychological stuff-ups that I can’t even begin to describe and yet, they are so prominent in high school.

The Australian high school hierarchy is captured so accurately, it was refreshing after reading endless American novels about cheerleaders. The voices of the characters weren’t too distinct I must admit however, the dialogue was very well written and although the character journeys weren’t so obvious, it added an element of reality. I mean we don’t all turn from bullies into superstars in the span of 300 pages do we?

The writing felt a bit basic I must admit but it was suitable to the events in the book because I was always worried it would turn too melodramatic. The down-to-Earth way the book is written meant that events weren’t too predictable and the element of surprise in the end was delivered perfectly.

The Yearbook Committee just does such a great job of encapsulating the problems Australian teenagers face from winning scholarships to drugs while at the same time, it addresses larger societal issues such as living with a disability or broken families.