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Book Title: The Secret Year|
The author of the book: Jennifer R. Hubbard
Edition: Viking Juvenile
Date of issue: January 7th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780670011537
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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The premise of this book was intriguing. After a year in a secret relationship, Julia dies leaving Colt to mourn her in silence. With all that bottled up grief, it could have been good, but nothing in the book is explored. Hubbard brushes past those first critical six weeks after Julia's death in a few chapters and then continues to skim from scene to scene without delving into anything. The whole book is tell, tell, tell. Even in the last chapter, Colt is summarizing tidbits of his relationship with Julia, things that should have been shown to us the entire novel. Every once in a while, Hubbard included a scene that wasn't a summary of another scene or character, but even then she had to stop often to tell us things she hadn't bothered to show us. Julia's journal excerpts were especially frustrating, just a paragraph here or there of her reiterating her feelings about Colt and her boyfriend, Austin.
Yeah, Colt spent a year sleeping with a girl who had a boyfriend. (And, as a side note, he slept with his first girlfriend as early as fourteen. And then messes around with a girl he didn't like and almost slept with after Julia died. And then he did start sleeping with someone else, in his room with his parents home as though it were no big deal. Has teenage sex degraded that much?) Colt wasn't set up to be a very sympathetic character which could have opened the door for some in-depth character development, but Hubbard showed me nothing in him. I'm at a loss to describe any of the characters beyond flat cardboard cutouts. I felt nothing for this lost relationship since the only thing described about the relationship was that they had sex and some brief comments that they understood each other but never talked about it. I can't tell you in the end if I liked Colt or not. I don't think I know anything about him.
I also found the book terribly cliche. The rich girl from the hills and the boy from the flats. They couldn't be seen together because the two sides of town didn't mix. It even had the showdown between the rich and poor ala The Outsiders without any of the charm and depth. At the "I disown my gay son" scene, I actually laughed out loud at how out-of-the-blue and cliched it was, almost like Hubbard included it for as a gay-acceptance statement. Hubbard tried to use the scene way later in the novel to develop sympathy for Colt as an outsider in a brief scene that once again wasn't very well explored or described.
I should have quit this book early on. I almost did. The only reason I read it through to the end was that I like Hubbard's agent and was hoping for something in it because of him. Plus, it was a short read. I can't say that it was worth my time though.
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