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Comment: CLEAN ex library issue hardback with usual marks has dust jacket with a light imperfection from mylar. The library removed the first blank page that held the card pocket. The text and pages remain in clean, rather good reading condition. The spine is fully intact--good condition.
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The Secret Year Hardcover – January 7, 2010

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For a year, 16-year-old working-class boy Colton Morrissey met rich girl Julia Vernon, his schoolmate and girlfriend of a member of the local gentry, on a regular and frequent basis. No one knew of their romance until the night Julia was killed in a car accident (in which Colt was uninvolved). Hubbard sensitively shows the year before the accident and the year following—as Colt comes to terms both with Julia’s death and the need to share the secret of their romance. Julia is revivified through a diary she kept and which her brother gives to Colt. His friends, including would-be lovers and guys who can’t see past class lines, and parents are fully human; his mostly offstage older brother joins the action long enough to help Colt understand why the worst secrets are those we keep from ourselves. With this debut novel, Hubbard has crafted a fine addition to the pantheon of YA literature. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670011533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011537
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For a year, Colt met Julia Vernon every week by the bridge near his house. Their relationship was kept secret; Julia was the most popular girl in school, and one of the richest, and Colt is no one to the rest of the rich, popular crowd on Black Mountain. But right before Colt's junior year begins, Julia is killed in a car accident, and Colt is left alone with the knowledge of what he and Julia shared. Then her brother gives Colt a journal of letters Julia wrote to him, and by working his way through Julia's documentation of the previous year, Colt struggles to confront his feelings for the girl who was never really his and attempt to keep living his life.

Colt is a very personable and convincing character. His memories and narration are very vivid, yet never appear out of character. The pain and emotion he feels are palpable, but not overwhelming, and The Secret Year strikes just the right balance between the grief, thought, and memories Colt experiences and the mundane aspects of everyday life. Colt's ever-evolving and confusing feelings are very well played out, and they are almost suspenseful in that it is hard to predict what Colt will do next, or what exactly he is feeling, until he experiences the moment for himself.

Colt isn't the only well-written character--the entire cast of supporting characters, from Colt's circle of friends and his good friend Syd to his family (his brother Tom is especially interesting and entertaining) to Julia, who is always alive through memories and her journal, are all multi faceted and intriguing. They all help the reader understand the world that is Black Mountain and the flats and the vast differences between the two.
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I didn't know what to expect when I heard about The Secret Year. I honestly didn't expect an aching story that would stay with me long after I finished it.

So, obviously, this is a book about death and guilt and forbidden love and damnit, I liked it so much. I can see why some people would hate it, but when I think about The Secret Year, all I want to do is shake the people who didn't like it and scream, "What is wrong with you?!"

Jennifer R. Hubbard is an amazing writer. She captured the distance of the poor kids to the rich kids. I was shocked at how well that dynamic was written. I also loved the way she handled Colt's grief and everybody else's. Actually, I just love the entire book.

Colt... poor Colt. I wanted to hug him and tell him he could talk to me. I just felt SO BAD for him. He and Julia had something, maybe not something special, but it was something and it really affected Colt after her death.

Before I totally ruin the book for you, let me say that you NEED to read this book. It's delicious and I want to erase my memory of it and reread The Secret Year. It. Is. So. Good.
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My Thoughts: Wow. This is my kind of book, right up my alley. I have been wanting to read this one since it was titled Black Mountain Road (I believe that was it). The first time I read the summary I knew I had to read it! We meet Colt who is lower class than Julia. Julia is from Black Mountain Road aka rich people territory. Colt and Julia start to have a secret relationship, meeting every week for talking,making out, etc. Than all of a sudden Julia dies and Colt is left in the aftershock of her death and he can't tell anyone he even knew her since they had the secret relationship. How does one even cope when they can't share their grief with anyone? We meet all their side friends and each one has his/her own story and way they relate to this book. I also loved the journal entries/letters to Colt that Julia had wrote in her diary. This book is intense. At times, I really felt for Colt and other times I hated Julia because she couldn't dump her boyfriend and be seen with Colt out in public.I've heard good and bad reviews on this one, so your either going to love it like me or hate it like others.

Overall: I loved it. I will be reading anything else Jennifer writes. I adored Colt from the beginning. I just felt like I was inside his head from the very first page. Adored this book.
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When I first read a summary for this book, I thought it was going to be like Romeo and Juliet with a modern twist. It had the makings of a really good story. Two thirds into the book, it seems like the issues were resolved and Colt could finally move on. Then a fight breaks out and in the next chapter everything was back to the way it was. Colt is now rereading Julia's notebook and his new girlfriend accuses him of being hung up on a dead girl. Then out of nowhere he decides to visit his brother in college, and reveals something that should have been revealed halfway through the book. Nothing is resolved. The fight really didn't have much place in the book. I get it... Rich kids vs poor kids... But it seemed planted in the middle of the book in an attempt to make the story just a little longer. It didn't mesh with the rest of the story. I felt the story was resolved two thirds of the way into the book. Publisher must have told her to make it longer, so author added fight scene and then retold the chapter before the fight scene. I think the fight scene would have made more sense if it had happened earlier or if there had been more build up. Occasionally Colt makes reference to the event with Syd on Black Mountain. But even that seems like it was added to reference the fight later.
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