Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Speak

Published: December 23, 2010

Source: From publisher for review

My Rating

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?

*Slight Spoilers*

The Secret Year was a book I couldn't wait to read, the premise for it hooked me right away. However I was left a little disappointed. There was something that just kept me from connecting with the characters. Just as I was beginning to feel for Colt it would jump from the main storyline into something else completely. It was a quick read but left me detached. I think the one thing that bothered me the most was the Sex...not the subject of sex, but the content about it. It seemed to be more about "no strings attached" sex then a love story. It jumped from storyline to storyline making it almost impossible to relate to the characters and the book itself. Then all of a sudden they throw in a brother that makes an announcement that he is gay...Where did that come from? The book tried to cover a lot of teen issues but it wasn't pulled off well. A father with a drinking problem, a gay brother, rivalry between The Black Mountain and The Flats..I was left with a headache. It was too much to cover in one 200 page book. I think it should have concentrated more on the relationship between Colt and Julia, not the sexual relationship but the actual feelings they had for one another. This book was lacking heart. The premise for the book left me feeling more than the actual book itself. The first few pages draw you in but eventually it falls flat. To me, the book was just okay.

What I loved: The beautiful cover
What I disliked: The lack of attachments to the characters and storyline

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  1. Aw, I'd been looking forward to this one, so it's a shame to hear it's not as great as it sounds. Great review though!

  2. I agree about the relationship and focus. I was hoping to connect more to their relationship, but I didn't at all. I didn't like Julia much at all. The gay brother thing did feel very tacked on. I get the message and connection it made with Colt, but it didn't really seem to fit well in the story.


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