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THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer R. Hubbard


by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-670-01153-7
Publisher: Viking

The news that there had been a car accident on the Black Mountain Road was not as surprising to Colt as who was killed: Julia. The people living in the flats, like Colt, do not mix with the privileged families who live on Black Mountain. Julia had it all—a rich boyfriend, an expensive car and a membership at the country club—but the one thing she wanted was Colt. They spent a year meeting in secret, talking about their lives, wading in the dark river and making out in Julia’s car. But when she dies, Colt has only her journal to help him mourn the loss of a relationship he is not sure he even had. Stocked with stereotypes, such as the hard-drinking, insensitive father, the overprivileged, misunderstood rich girl and the bad boy to whom she runs, this novel barely makes it out of the gates before it becomes mired in cliché. A too-familiar plot and inexperienced writing combine to create a story that is at best forgettable and at worst regrettable. (Fiction. 14 & up)