The Secret Year (Paperback)
Speak, 9780142417799, 208pp.
Publication Date: December 23, 2010
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Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“For a whole year, before her death, Julia and Colt were seeing each other secretly, Friday nights under the bridge by the river where Colt lives. Now that she's gone, he has to go on as if she didn't mean anything to him after all. The only person who knows is Michael, Julia's brother, who gives Colt a notebook full of letters from Julia that he'd never seen before, and through which he relives his past year with Julia. With its many plot points, The Secret Year how your life can be about someone nobody knew you knew.”
— Maryam Yachnes, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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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?
About the Author
Jennifer R. Hubbard lives in the Philadelphia area. She is a hiker, a chocolate lover, and a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through. Her short fiction has appeared in literary magazines. Her published books include the contemporary young-adult novels "The Secret Year," "Try Not To Breathe," and "Until It Hurts To Stop."
Praise For The Secret Year…
"With this debut novel, Hubbard has crafted a fine addition to the pantheon of YA literature." -Booklist
"A+satisfying tale." -School Library Journal