January 7, 2010

The Secret Year - Jennifer Hubbard

Young Adult
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: January 7, 2010

Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia's boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can't mourn Julia openly, and he's tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia's journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he's desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

It was so great to read from the guy's point of view. This book is an easy and short read; but it is a very powerful story. It has so many things involved in it, so many things to think about. The plot unfolds in a unexpected way, the way life does. It's a story full of surprises and emotions. An astonishing debut that makes you think and wonder and feel.

The characters were amazing. I absolutely adored Colt, and I did not agree in anything with Kirby or Syd but this made them so real. The story that revolves around Tom was one of my favorites, how Colt never let it matter was a beautiful message. How awesome how she made so many plots work in such a short book.

The cover is fitting and interesting. I really, really enjoyed this book. To readers who enjoy love stories and real stories about friendship and loss, this book is for you.


  1. I'm almost finished with this book right now and I'm really loving it! Great review!

  2. Thanks for the review! I'm excited to read this one. I also enjoy books from a guy's point of view. It's a nice switch up

  3. I like do enjoy reading a book from a guy's point of view but I'm not sure this book is really for me. Not that sure that I'm a love story kind of girl.

  4. Sounds interesting! I'm reading one written from a guys viewpoint right now as well...it's funny...if you really look at it, I guess a good portion of YA books are from females points of view. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

  5. Hehe, I'm reading Beautiful Creatures right now, which is also in a guy's POV. I'm liking it a lot. :) Gotta read this one!

  6. Awesome review I cant wait to pick this one up! :)

  7. I'm so excited to read this book. I can't wait! I love stories from a guy's POV, and this one sounds ace!

  8. Dropping by from Just Your Typical Book Blog...I just picked this book up yesterday at B&N and I just started it this morning. From what little bit I've read so far I am LOVING it!

    P.S. Adding you to my google reader so I can visit on a regular basis :)


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