The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

1dd9f-7831755The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Released Date: December 23, 2010 (Paperback)
Publisher: Speak
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.




  1. Marrion

    February 19, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Very nice review Mia! I love your tag line, “accept the past and embrace the future” even though I've heard of it somewhere else, I think? LOL! And instead of a female protagonist this one is a guy, I read much of a female one, glad you loved the book! ^^

  2. Mia

    February 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Thanks, MJ! It was a really good read 😉

  3. Elodie

    February 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Thanks for your review !! This one is in my wishlist and I really can't wait to read it !! Besides the cover looks gorgeous !!
    By the way, I don't know if you'd be interested but a friend of mine is organizing a re-read challenge of The Mortal Instruments series in March and you can win a pre order of City of Fallen Angels ! You can check out her post here : !! Happy reading Mia !!

  4. Mia

    February 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Thanks, Elodie! I can't wait for you to read it, too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And yes! The cover is stunning 😉

    Thanks for informing me about the challenge! This is really cool! I'll definitely participate 😉

  5. Nina

    February 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Great review. I really like the paperback copy too! I haven't read this book, but it does sounds very interesting. And I haven't read a lot of stories where the protagonist is a guy.

  6. Sarah Lydia

    February 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    I just finished reading this one as well; I agree that its about learning how to accept the past and embrace the future. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it

  7. Aleeza

    February 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    doesn't this book have the most stunning covers–both the paperback AND the hardcover? Seriously. the book itself sounds pretty good, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet.
    great review!
    also, im a new follower, hi! 🙂

  8. Lauren

    February 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Lovely review! I read this book a while ago because I drawn to the whole forbidden love aspect as well, and I really enjoyed it.

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