The Secret Year

The Secret Year
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Publisher: Viking/Penguin, 2010
ISBN: 9780670011537 (hardcover), 9780142417799 (paperback)
For ages: 14+


After his secret girlfriend’s death, 17-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind, but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship. This novel may spark discussion of class differences, the consequences of keeping secrets, and coping with loss and grief.


“With this debut novel, Hubbard has crafted a fine addition to the pantheon of YA literature.”—Booklist

“In this provocative debut novel, the relationship described–told in flashbacks and journal entries–is both tortured and electric, the teens as perfect together as they are absolutely wrong for one another.”—School Library Journal

“[a] moving portrait of grief and the sharp societal lines that divide.”—Publishers Weekly

Reading Guide/Activities

A reader guide is available.

About the Author

Jennifer R. Hubbard lives and writes near Philadelphia, PA. She is a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. She has written short fiction as well as the contemporary young adult novels Try Not to Breathe and Until It Hurts to Stop.
Author’s website

School Visit Information

The author has done school and student book-club visits, and is available for in-person and Skype visits, or online discussions with classes.