Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.
Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on
and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place? Black Mountain
The plot was original as well. Although the main plot line was Colt dealing with Julia’s death and his recovery, there were also smaller sub plots that kept the book going. Colt’s brother tells a secret that nearly tears apart their already fragile family. Colt’s father is a drunkard and is mostly passed out all the time. Colt’s confused relationships with Syd- friend or more than that? The ongoing fight between the Mountain kids and the kids from the Flats… so much was going on and it all fit together perfectly in such a small amount of pages. I finished the book in about a day, not only because it was short, but it was really hard to put down. Jennifer R. Hubbard’s writing style is unique and emotional and she puts a lot of thought behind her characters and power in the plot. I would definitely recommend reading The Secret Year and I’m planning on buying a copy when it’s released next month. This isn’t a book to read when you’re looking for a light, fun read. It’s filled with emotion and a tangled plot line, but everyone should definitely read it.
Also, I really like the cover- it’s so emotional and dark. I don’t know if it’s just on the ARC, but I don’t really like how the boys hair blends into the black cover. Since his hair is covering most of his face, it looks like just his nose is floating there. Kind of weird. Hopefully it will be better defined on the final copy. I really like the red title, though, it really stands out against the backdrop.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars