Colt and Julia were secretly together for a year, and no one ever knew, not even Julia's boyfriend. Why would they-they were from two different crowds. Julia lived in her country club world and Colt . . . didn't. Then Julia dies in a car accident. Colt is devastated but can't mourn openly, and he's tormented that he may have played a part in her death. And when Julia's journal ends up in his hands, he is forced to relive their year together-just when he is trying to forget. The problem is, how do you get over someone who was never really yours to begin with?
Fictitious Delicious Rating: 3
I've had this one sitting on my shelves for a long time, folks. Which is kinda strange, because I've wanted to read this book from the moment I first heard about it. (Isn't that the way it always goes--too many books, too little time.) Anywho, I knew that this would be the year I picked it up. While I certainly liked this book and don't regret even one moment I spent reading it, it didn't sing to my heart like I expected it to.
I think there's a little too much telling in lieu of showing in Colt and Julia's love story. We're told over and over again how much Colt loves Julia and the side she shows to him when they're alone together. But what we're shown is how miserable she is to him outside of their private love affair and the horrible things she says to him to remind him that they could never be together in "real life". See, Colt comes from the wrong side of the tracks and Julia has a boyfriend who fits perfectly in her well to do world. They rendezvous in the backseat of her car once a week. And he really loves her. I didn't feel that love so it was difficult to feel the same sadness Colt was feeling after her death.
Hubbard did a nice job of portraying Colt's dysfunctional family. I LOVED Tom, Colt's brother. HIS love story is one that I could get into. There's a handful of secondary characters that blended together for me, but one stands out big time. Thank goodness for Syd. That girl is a great friend and it was fun/sad/heartwarming watching her interact with Colt.
I'll definitely be picking up Hubbard's TRY NOT TO BREATHE in the future. I like reading these boy POV stories and am hopeful that I'll connect to that story in a way I just didn't in this one.