August 4, 2012

Book Review: The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Surprisingly enough I actually managed to read a book while I was in Germany. I wasn't expecting much from this book because I bought it for cheap at Walmart, but I was pleasantly surprised by Jennifer Hubbard's quick read.

"The Secret Year" is told from the perspective of Colten Morrissey, a small town high schooler from the not-so-great side of the tracks. But what sets him apart from the other kids from The Flats is Julia Vernon, a country club going girl from Black Mountain - the rich part of town. The two are part of a year long secret romance until Julia is in an accident that causes Colt's life to spiral out of control. Only her journal holds the answers to the questions that have plagued Colt's heart and the love that changed him forever.

"The Secret Year" is a fairly short book totaling just under 200 pages, so it was perfect for the long train rides during my weekend travels while in Germany. Like I said before, I really wasn't expecting much considering where I bought the book, but I found myself hooked from the beginning. I became emotionally attached to the characters, and several times I teared up while reading it.

It would be a lie to say this is one of the best books I've ever read, but I'd still recommend it to anyone, particularly girls, who are looking for a quick read. It's about high school students, so an older college student may not like it, but I'd say any girl in high school or early college could enjoy this book. It's simple. It's easy. And it's quick. Give it a try, and see how you like it. I may even read Hubbard's second novel "Try Not to Breathe."

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