The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

“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?

Ok…I’ll admit it.  It was nice to read something that wasn’t dystopian or had a hot vampire/werewolf/angel/zombie character in it.

It was a beautiful read, very vivid in its descriptions and settings.  At first, I was curious to see how the author, Jennifer Hubbard, would be able to write from a teenage boy’s point of view.  But she did it and she did it wonderfully.

Colt is memorable and his quiet, inward journey through his grief is heart-breaking. But it’s not all sad – the Thanksgiving scene interjects that much needed humour into this book.  (I had a very similar Thanksgiving once.  Very interesting.)

I will forever be haunted by the scene of Julia down in the river wearing the silk dress.  It felt so real, so alive – a scene I could re-read over and over again.

So if you are looking for something with a strong YA voice – this would be the book for you.


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