Thursday, June 2, 2011

YA Contemporary Month: The Secret Year

Congrats to the winner of last's week's giveaway:


It's in the mail. :) (Or at least it will be as soon as Amazon wakes up. It's about 6 am in that part of the world. lol)

It's YA Contemporary Month (thanks to The Contemps). Every Thursday this month, there will be a YA contemporary book up for grabs. It's international and open to anyone! Good luck!

Today's offering: THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer Hubbard.

From Goodreads:
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?

I'm embarrassed to admit that this book has been sitting in my bookshelf since it came out. I've picked it up and put it back down several times, because I didn't want to read another sad book about death. I only picked it up last night because of this contest. And then I practically inhaled the book. I'd forgotten the meaning of "page-turner". In fact, this book is so gripping that I took it to class last night and my colleague got thoroughly absorbed in it. In the middle of class!

The summary does a good job of summarising the novel,so I'm just going to share a few points.

5 (not-so) Secrets about THE SECRET YEAR.

1. A boy narrates. WIN!

2. Sex. But not gratuitous. Or vilified. Or glorified. Just another fact of life.

3. It's more about the person who died, than the death itself.

4. Class distinctions.

5. It's about love. All types.

To enter:
Tell us in the comments, did you ever have a secret from the whole world? How did you handle it? (Don't worry, you don't have to tell us the secret!)
Open to everyone, internationally.
Entries close Wednesday at 11.59 pm EST.


Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm not going to enter because I already read this book. I really enjoyed it. I agree that it was refreshing to have a male as the POV character.

Aleeza said...

ive been wanting to read this book since FOREVERRR. no kidding. the summary sounds straight up my alley and i quite adore that cover :)

as for secret: well, DUR i haz secrets :P doesn't everybody? i handle it by pretending it doesn't exist. heh...

Bee said...

Finally I'm being able to comment since joining your blog!
And what a great start, too. I'd love to win this :)

Secret? I'm a treasure-house of secrets. And, well, nobody really guesses at that, so I'm safe. Heh.

Sana Castellano said...

This book sounds good =D I mean, you doesn't LOVE page turners.
As for the secret.. It's pretty easy to keep a secret because it feels so good to have one, something that only you know that makes you all warm and sweet inside.. unless it's about you murdering someone =p
=D mostly..i write it on my blog in poetic/cryptic ways... makes it beautiful.. out there and yet so hidden from the world. =)

Sana Castellano said...

who doesn't*

♥Iffath said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I've wanted to read this for ages..the cover is awesome on so many levels! And woot for love in books :P

I don't think I ever actually had a secret-secret :/ But I'd probably end up blurting it someone..LOL.

I'm considering making up something totally random/cool and then NOT TELL ANYBODY and it will be like, the awesomest secret EVER. Hah. :P


Maddie said...

I've never had a big life changing secret, but if I did, I imagine I would hold it fast to my chest where it could never be found, never hurt anyone, never be seen.
This book looks really good!

~ Maddie


E.J. Wesley said...

I might have to check this out just for the dude narration!

I really stopped by to say 'thank you' for your support during my A-Z blogging month. I've created a fun "no strings attached" blog award for you and all of the other awesome bloggers who offered feedback and encouragement.

You can view the award and my thank you note here:

Hope you are well and that I see you around in the future!


Tracy Michelle said...

I have my secrets. Typically I just avoide them and hope they don't come out.

Anonymous said...

I'm really bad at keeping secrets! At times it feels like its eating me up from the inside and I usually have to tell my best friend or even my mum lol

I do have a few secrets I've managed to keep to myself and I usually try my best not to think about it!

Sidrah said...

Oh wow.. thanku, Claire! =D

Natasha Areena said...

Yes, I do have secrets. I'd have to provide a way as to how I managed to deal with the secret so that I'm able to achieve a balance, as in I'm able to contain the secret within me at the same time interact with others normally.