Thursday, January 7

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Release Date: January 7, 2010

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.

When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind.

But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.

My Thoughts: Wow. This is my kind of book, right up my alley. I have been wanting to read this one since it was titled Black Mountain Road (I believe that was it). The first time I read the summary I knew I had to read it! We meet Colt who is lower class than Julia. Julia is from Black Mountain Road aka rich people territory. Colt and Julia start to have a secret relationship, meeting every week for talking,making out, etc. Than all of a sudden Julia dies and Colt is left in the aftershock of her death and he can't tell anyone he even knew her since they had the secret relationship. How does one even cope when they can't share their grief with anyone? We meet all their side friends and each one has his/her own story and way they relate to this book. I also loved the journal entries/letters to Colt that Julia had wrote in her diary. This book is intense. At times, I really felt for Colt and other times I hated Julia because she couldn't dump her boyfriend and be seen with Colt out in public.I've heard good and bad reviews on this one, so your either going to love it like me or hate it like others.

Overall: I loved it. I will be reading anything else Jennifer writes. I adored Colt from the beginning. I just felt like I was inside his head from the very first page. Adored this book.

Cover: Love the cover. I love the bright red as the font, and I love the girl/guy kissing.

What I'd Give It:


Erin said...

You're right about it once being titled Black Mountain Road, if you bookmooch it they still have that as the title.

I am so glad that you liked this one. I am thinking about running out and buying it today... hehe

Caitlin said...

I'm so excited for this book! I can't wait to get my hands on it. I hope I love it like you and not hate it!

Unknown said...

I CANT WAIT I CANT WAIT - LOVED your review, now I cant wait to get my hands on this book! :D

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

I've only seen love reviews so I guess I'm going to get it. And yours was good too, thanks! :D

Also, you've won an award at my blog. Click here to check it out!

Unknown said...

Sounds like one I would really like to check out. Thanks for the review!

Ellz said...

oooh, 3 columns, looks good.

I am very excited to read this!

you have been awarded.

Sara said...

I can't wait to read this, it's one of the top books on my 2010 reading list! Great job on the review :)

Lauren said...

I haven't paid much attention to this one before, but having read your review, it sounds intriguing. Thanks for the heads up.


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