Today is an exciting day for my friend and critique partner, Jenn Hubbard. It is launch day for her young adult novel, The Secret Year.
I met Jenn, via the internet, a few years ago. Her novel, The Secret Year, didn’t even have a title yet. After I finished reading, I remember turning to my husband and saying, “Wow, this girl can really write!”
Jenn’s books deal with heavy subjects that she handles with expertise. Her characters feel like people you’ve met in real life.
The Secret Year : 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.
The book was published by Viking Children’s Books. Jenn is repped by the ever-popular Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown.