January 21, 2010

Review: "The Secret Year"

"The Secret Year"
Jennifer Hubbard
Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 208
Synopsis: 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?
I was so excited when this book came in the mail because I was dying to read it and I forgot that I had preordered it during Christmas. It was a really quick read and I enjoyed it a lot. I especially liked the fact that it was a love story told from the male perspective. I honestly can't tell you why I didn't love this book. The plot had a lot of great depth. There was the initial plot about the Colt trying to get over the death of Julia, but there were also conflicts between Colt and his friends; as well as the conflict between the Black Mountain and flats kids. I really liked the characters in this book. Colt interested me a lot because he reminded me of some of the guys I know. I also was fascinated by Julia’s notes and was dying to know more about her. Even though she wasn’t the easiest character to like, I still felt myself drawn to her.

Jennifer Hubbard wrote a great first novel. I’m not sure why this book didn’t quite make it into the love category, but I have to say I hope to read more by her. I am glad that I have the book in hardcover and I’ve already passed it onto one of my friends. She was going through the pile of ARCs I got at the ALA conference and HAD to read “The Secret Year”. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and other realistic fiction authors. I am so sure that you guys will enjoy this book as much as I did that I am going to be giving away the ARC I have! If you want to enter to win the book, please click here for more information.


  1. Thanks for posting this. I have heard so much about it and am really looking forward to getting a chance to read it. The fact that you enjoyed it only makes me even more excited about it!

  2. I can't wait to read this. I love the sound of the story, especially how their relationship was a secret, and still has to be even after everything that happens. I hope my copy comes soon!

  3. I've been waiting to read this one for a while. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  4. Everybody seems to love the book, i really want to read it now! The cover is just so cute. :)

  5. I've seen this cover for a while now, and the story sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it.

  6. I'm glad that there are so many of you out there who are excited about this book. I hope you all get a chance to read it. :) It is totally worth it!