Friday, February 5, 2010

The Secret Year

I just finished reading this young adult book and really enjoyed it.
I loved Colt's voice and wanted to live with him for a little while longer, just to see how his life turns out. Great job with your debut novel, Jennifer R. Hubbard!

Here's the blurb, from Amazon:

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 Black Mountain 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?

Here's an excerpt from one of my favorite "journal entries" in the book:

Dear C.M.

I didn't even notice you much last year,when you were in Calvert's class. You sat in the back and kept your mouth shut. But tonight it felt like you could see right into me. That never happens with Austin. What I have with him doesn't go far enough.

I have to break up with him now. All I want is to be back with you, standing thigh-deep in the river, feeding you my tongue.

Racy, right?

I'd like to send this "gently read " :D copy to one lucky reader (U.S. resident only)!

Email me: with Secret Year in the subject line (or leave it in the comments) if you want to be included in the contest.

I'll choose a winner on Monday!



Maria said...

Good luck with the giveaway; you gave that book a really thorough review! Very good.

Ann said...

Count me in! Sounds good. My daughter will probably want to read it too!

Anonymous said...

count me in too! of course, if I don't win, I'm going to have to buy my own ;)

Passion4Fashion said...

That sounds like a good book. Count me in. If I don't win, I will have to track it down at the library but I would rather have it and share it with my sis.

for a different kind of girl said...

Count me in, too! I haven't seen this book yet. Definitely haven't been the one to shelve it, at any rate. Sounds like a good one!

Pamela Gold said...

What a fantastic idea!!! I may have to steal it from you... if that's okay?

I love young adult books. They are so much fun and keep you young. I am constantly reading a young adult book and a regular everyday adult book. Depending on my mood, the young adult read usually wins!!

Happy Friday!

Cassie said...

Good Luck with the giveaway.
I left you a little something over on my blog.
I hope you like it :o)

Maddy said...

I'm always down for a new read. Count me in too :)

Christina Lee said...

Thanks Cassie-of to check it out! Pam--steal away ;)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The book sounds wonderful. I love romance. I don't want to be included because I have so many books to read and I seldom do!
Have a great weekend.

Sturgmom said...

I'm ALWAYS in the market for a good novel!

All Women Stalker said...

"feeding you my tongue." HOT DANG. That is hot. Haha

lisa and laura said...

Ooh, we've heard great things about this book! Good to know it lives up to the hype!

Kat @ said...

Just loved this post... coming from SITS. Random, but are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore?

Debbie said...

That sounds like a terrific read!

Crystal Escobar said...

Oh WOW! That sounds like an interesting book, just the kind I like to read. Thank you for letting us know about it :) I'm always looking for new books to read.

Unknown said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing