The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 7th 2010 by Viking Juvenile
~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~
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?
This book is really hard to rate, because it was good, really good, there were just so many opportunities to make it better. Colt was what made this book good. Reading it reminded me a little bit of Perks of Being a Wallflower, because like Charlie, Colt lived most of his life inside his head. He relayed events as they happened without being overly emotional about them.
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard deals with love and loss and grief. The Secret Year is one of those books which seems to get male protagonist narration right. Colt secretly dates rich girl Julia for a year, but when her unexpected death occurs, Colt is left with nothing but secrets and her notebook
Even though this novel made me tear up a couple of times, I still really enjoyed reading it. I recommend this novel to people who are into romance novels because you can truly feel the romance in the air.