The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.
The Secret Year is about a relationship between two teenagers who are in the opposite social circles. When upper crust Julia dies, Colt can’t grieve in the open because his relationship with Julia was a secret.
I’m kind of torn about The Secret Year. I thought it was just okay. We get to know Julia by the journal she leaves behind, and to be honest I just wasn’t liking her character to much. Colt was a alright character but I just couldn’t get myself to really care what happen to him. Colt’s brother on the other hand, Tom, was the shining character in the book in my opinion. His parts in the book were interesting, and I really like what the author did with his character.
The Secret Year was a quick read that was so-so. I’m glad it was a short book at less than 200 pages. I’m sure plenty of people love/will love this book, I’m just not one of them. It was not a complete waste of time though. See what I mean I can’t decide where I am at with this one.
Book provided for review by Around the World Tours