Pub. Date: January 7, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Format: Hardcover, 208pp
Age Range: Young Adult
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 an emotional and compelling debut...
I loved Colt’s personality. I found myself living inside of his head and couldn’t help but be drawn into his emotions about Julia. Hubbard did a great job with the complexity of the characters. His family had me cracking up in one particular scene but it was his sarcasm that had me laughing throughout this book.
Hubbard’s writing drew me in from page 1 and I could not put this book down. This is another one of those books outside of my genre that I was totally surprised by. I found myself engrossed in this book especially trying to discover why Colt felt guilty about the night Julia died. There was no point in this book where I thought, “there’s no way that would happen in real life.” This is one of the reasons I have a hard time crossing over to contemporary novels but Hubbard made a believer out of me.
My heart broke for Colt throughout this book and I appreciated how the story unfolded. I think it allowed me to connect more to Colt and empathize with what he was going through. All I can say is what a great debut by Hubbard and I will definitely be reading more future novels by her.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars