Author: Jennifer R. Hubbard
From GoodReads, "Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend.When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal she left behind. But he is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept."
This is a novel about rich girl verses poor boy, but it has a huge twist. Julia and Colt were together, but it was a secret for a whole year until her sudden death. Julia haunts Colt in many ways: the journal she left behind, the mystery of her death, and the closure to their relationship that no one knew about. The Secret Year was a love story and a mystery, all in one. I kept reading to find out how he was ever going to get past his misery and if anyone would ever find out about their affair. In the end, Colt reveals a secret of his own regarding their last night together. The novel concludes with Colt learning a lot about himself. The cover fits the mystery within the novel. I really felt for Colt, I couldn’t image going through his situation and not being able to tell anyone. This was a great read!