The Secret Year

The Secret Year

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Colt and Julia were secretly together for a year, and no one ever knew, not even Julia's boyfriend. Why would they-they were from two different crowds. Julia lived in her country club world and Colt . . . didn't. Then Julia dies in a car accident. Colt is devastated but can't mourn openly, and he's tormented that he may have played a part in her death. And when Julia's journal ends up in his hands, he is forced to relive their year together-just when he is trying to forget. The problem is, how do you get over someone who was never really yours to begin with?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0142417793
  • 9780142417799
  • 285,406

About Jennifer R Hubbard

Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
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"With this debut novel, Hubbard has crafted a fine addition to the pantheon of YA literature." -"Booklist"

"A+satisfying tale." -"School Library Journal"
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whereas the description of the book keeps your expectations high, the book itself lets you left me with a bitter more
by Paraskevi Papadaki
The basic premise of a boy and a girl from opposite worlds/classes/situations is nothing new, but the way this one plays out certainly is. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I surprised myself, even, with how much I felt for the main character, Colton. He's intense and desperate and sad, and he's also this regular teen boy living his life. He's not rich or popular or the best looking guy in school, and sex is a part of his life. Julie dies (not a spoiler!) and he's stuck with a hole in his life that no one knows exists. Except him. He's left with questions that will never be answered: Would Julia ever have dated him openly? Would their hook-up relationship have faded into nothing eventually? Colt doesn't know and now he never will, and neither will the reader. THE SECRET YEAR follows him as he comes to terms with the aftermath of Julia's death and what's been left behind, and figures out who he wants to be. This is a solid debut for Jennifer Hubbard, and I look forward to more books of hers in the future. Read more of my reviews at StoryboundGirl {dot} more
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