Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 92/100 or A
Julia and Colt have been seeing each other for the last year in secret. No one else knew what happened, but them. Julia was from the privilege world of Black Mountain, while Colt was from the Flats, which is the poor neighbourhood in their town. They had nothing in common, but the fact that they spent a secret year together in a series of Friday Night Meetings. Colt wanted Julia to leave her boyfriend Austin, but he never pushed her to do anything. He knew that is would never happen. Julia died in a car accident on her way home from a party on Labor Day weekend. Colt heard it through the grapevine, that is till he is given a diary by Julia's brother. The diary shows what happened the last year between Julia and him. It is written by Julia and shows that she cares more about Colt then he ever realized.
The Secret Year has lively characters. I loved Colt. I could relate to him. His memories were very well done. I also loved how he has such vivid memories that were full of a range of emotions also loved his circle of friends. They were all so interesting and brought on a lot of the humor. His brother Tom was interesting and entertaining. The plot of The Secret Year is well crafted. I was engaged in the plot with the range of emotions that are written throughout this book. It has an authentic story that while short has an intense plot packed in it. Hubbard is an amazing author and I will be looking for a new books coming out from her. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for an amazing book that is full of emotions in such a short, but fantastic read.


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