The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Released Date: December 23, 2010 (Paperback)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 208 (Paperback)
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?
The Secret Year is one of the books that I was really excited to read, perhaps because I have a thing for books with “forbidden love” plotlines.
I have quite a lot of reasons why I enjoyed this book. First of all, was because the main protagonist in the story is a guy, Colt Morrisey. Interesting, right? Colt is a very tangible and strong character. I really enjoyed him as a protagonist. Second, Jennifer Hubbard’s writing was so beautiful and utterly engrossing at the same time. Colt’s feelings — frustration, depression and puzzlement — all throughout the story were on the surface of every page. I also liked Julia, there were moments where I would hate her but most of the time, I really liked her character. And even though she was already killed from the very first page of the book, we were still able to get a glimpse of what she’s like. Also, I really like Colt’s relationship with his family and friends, I thought it was very genuine, emotional and very sensible.
Some people say that the story was just plainly all about sex. Personally, I think it was way more than that if we just look at the bigger picture. For me, The Secret Year is all about learning how to accept the past and embrace the future.
However, like everyone else, I thought the story was quite short. I was aching for more. Nevertheless, The Secret Year is the wonderful and thought-provoking read. I would like to recommend this book to those who want a genuine and quick good read.