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The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

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Kathy Colton can t stand her brother, Brett. Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is that Brett is dead. He died of leukemia when he was sixteen and she was only two. But when Kathy turns sixteen, she discovers her brother s hidden journal - a journal written especially for her - and learns about the brother she never knew. At the same time, ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Deseret Book Company
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Dec 10, 2013 Sanora rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2009 Madeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-quater-books
This is my favorite book of all time!!! It is about this girl named Kathy Colton. Her brother died at age 17 of Leukemia. Kathy was about 2 when he died, so she has no memory of him. Her older siblings Alex and Sam are always at her house with their families. They always get into a conversation about Brett. The brother she never knew. Kathy has never found any vieos of her as a baby. Nobody knows what her first words were, or even when she took her first steps. They were always focused on ...more
Rachel Wagner
Aug 10, 2014 Rachel Wagner rated it it was ok
Shelves: yuckybooks
Some books are just not meant to be read by me. This is one of them. It is just not my style. It kind of reminded me of an episode of 90210 but with Mormon kids. The nerdy girl agrees to tutor the stud athlete who of course has a softer side- a religious side in fact. What is this strange faith of his? Hummmm. I think we are about to find out. In addition, she is naturally from a troubled home (because anyone non-Mormon is screwed up in these boooks). She finds the journal of her brother that ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Kierstan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who is LDS. and if not... hopefully they have nothing against the LDS
this book is so amazing! aaahhh I loved it so much!!! It's so sad, it makes you want to cry at parts and then other parts you suddenly get interested in recording your life (I even bought a cam corder that I'll be using. it's on layaway right now) :) Not only is it such a great book but you also learn a little about the LDS religion. It's so amazing! aaahhh I love it! It makes me feel very good. :)
Jan 12, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing
One of the best LDS Fiction books I have ever read. (Actually, the only other LDS fiction book that I thought was worth my time was On The Road to Heaven.... and I guess Charly made me cry like a baby... but that is all beside the point).

My Uncle gave me this book to read and at first I was a bit skeptical, my Uncle had never given me a book to read before and the first one he does give me is LDS Fiction, hm.... But I decided to read it anyways. I started and I couldn't put the book down!

The m
Mar 12, 2009 Emilyn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Recommended to Emilyn by: Sadie
Shelves: favorites
It was completely amazing. I cried a little and laughed a little but mostly I was just thinking how cool it was through it all. I found some really good stuff in it and it was just really touching. I would read it billions of times and never get bored of it. ever.
Apr 20, 2015 Mommywest rated it really liked it
There are not many books that have made me cry as much as this one did. From first read, you know this will not just be another LDS high school romance novel. For one thing, the character telling the story, Kathy, is not a member of the LDS church. She also feels a connection to her deceased brother she doesn't remember, and is sick of hearing about how great he was all the time. In fact, she feels like after he died, her family ceased to move on. When Kathy receives a mysterious gift from that ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Jennybug rated it it was amazing
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Hollie Robb
Feb 25, 2009 Hollie Robb rated it it was amazing
I'd must admit that I didn't want to read this book. But I'm glad that I had. It is not as a sad book as the synopsis describes it. I was sad when it ended. It was a good ending but I wanted to read more.

It was very well done. I think that this book is a must read. It is emotional; so must be prepared for that.

It is a great story on having faith. One of the best that I have ever read.

Kathy Colton can't stand her brother Brett. Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is
Jul 22, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
This was a great, LDS book.
One quote I really liked was:
"When I see something as beautiful as a sunset, I can believe in God. I can't accept the idea that this world just happened by chance-- that you or I just happened, like some strange accident. Someone had to be in charge of making everything. Something as beautiful as a sunset couldn't just happen by chance. Someone had to be there to figure out how to make the sun and sky create such beautiful colors together-- like still fire spread all a
May 10, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I truly enjoyed this read today and it did even bring some tears (not sure how much pregnancy hormones are to blame for that..). Then why only 3 stars? The writing is mediocre...the story line predictable and "sweet". When a friend dropped it off so I could quickly gobble it down for book club, I looked at the back cover and sighed..."oh, it's an LDS book". Which is fine, but I have to admit to having read very few LDS books that fit my criteria for good literature. That said, this is a fast, ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Londi rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
LOVED LOVED AND LOVED! There's actually three that she has written. They aren't a series but they tie in together. This one is by far my favorite one! Then there is A Love Like Lilly (which is probably the cutest love story/story of a relationship between a grandpa and his grand-daughter) and When the Bough Breaks. Oh my goodness. They are probably three of my favorite books ever. I love them.
Aug 21, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
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Sep 24, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Just read this book again. It was definitely different reading it now instead of when I was 13. The main character was so moody and annoying, and the writing was...very cheesy. Still, the storyline was sad enough that I cried again anyway. I'm still giving it five stars.
Aug 01, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it
This was a good book that was recommended by a friend. I really enjoyed reading it. The author did a good job of weaving the story in between some old journal entries. It brought back memories of high school romances...oh boy! It is a quick read and worth the time.
Heidi Pikula
Oct 13, 2008 Heidi Pikula rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone 12/14 and older
This was a very well written book. I would recommend it to anyone 12/14 and older. I loved the story, the characters, and the way the story weaved the past into the present. I didn't want to put it down, so I didn't! :) I read it in about a day. Easy reading.
Apr 07, 2013 Adi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book Is one of my favorites. It never got boring and I was always willing to read.

I liked how Bretts friend ended up marrying the girl he liked. It was unexpected.
Nov 28, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
I normally do not read LDS fiction. It's never really appealed to me. I only read this book because it was the book chosen for the book club. Although I found the romance part of the book to be a little cheesy and the plot somewhat predictable, I enjoyed the book overall.
Mar 20, 2013 Livi rated it it was amazing
Made me cry, and laugh, and it was just so good!
Sep 19, 2011 Breanna rated it it was amazing
Made me cry several times.
Jun 12, 2009 Grace rated it it was amazing
Actually I need to reorder my favorite books. I love this one.
Oct 20, 2016 Mandy rated it liked it
I was very reluctant to pick this one up, I'm not a huge fan of LDS young adult fiction (even though I'm LDS, I know something must be wrong with me.), but someone told me I had to read it. I appreciated that the author did not make all of the Mormon characters perfect and that the main character was not LDS. However I will say that "Mormon culture" screamed through the author's writing even though the Colton family was not Mormon. I was bored in the beginning, but then the story picked up. I ...more
Nov 22, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
This is a great book. Very emotional...but in a good way. It was interesting to see the development of each of the characters in the book as the story progresses.
Gayle Shumway
Nov 10, 2016 Gayle Shumway rated it really liked it
THis book starts very slow, but watch out because when it gets going, you won't be able to put it down. Excellent young adult book.
Mar 08, 2012 01audreys rated it it was amazing
The Secret Journal of Brett Colton was written by Kay Lynn Mangum. This book takes place in a small town in the present. Throughout the book, Kathy feels like she was neglected all of her life, thanks to her brother Brett, that she can never add up to. Meanwhile, she is starting high school and isn't looking forward to it. She isn't very popular, but she is really smart. Brett is Kathy’s older brother that died from leukemia when he was only 17 years old and Kathy was 2. Brett was super popular, ...more
Emily B
Oct 09, 2016 Emily B rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Its about this girl that is has a brother named Brett he died of leukemia when he was 16. Kathy was only 2 when he died. Her family always talked about Brett and it bugged her really bad because she didn't even know who he is. Then one day she finds a secret journal that Brett was writing just for her while he was in the hospital. This journal gives her advice and tells her who her brother was. I definitely recommend this book to pretty much anyone. It also has a little bit of ...more
Hannah Nelson
May 01, 2010 Hannah Nelson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!! Especially members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Recommended to Hannah by: My Cousin Kate
Shelves: first-10
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Oct 24, 2011 05mailer rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I heard about this book when my second cousin recommended it to me. I thought it sounded kind of interesting so I thought it was worth a read. And it was! This book has a cute story line, but it also teaches you a lot about life that you start to realize as you continue to read.

At the beginning of this book, it just talked a lot about Kathy, and her brother that died. At first, I really didn't like how she talked about her dead brother. I thought she was just being super rude
Mar 09, 2012 McKendra rated it really liked it
Families. Trials. Hardship. Death. Joy. Romance. Religion. Kay Lynn Mangum intricately weaves each of these various items together in her stellar book: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton. This is one of those books that will grab you by the shoulders, and won't release you until you've read the very last word. You will knowingly laugh, you will quietly cry, and you will audibly gasp, as you fall in love with this book.

Kathy Colton (the main character) appears to be a pretty average high school
May 23, 2012 08aubric rated it it was amazing
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Kay Lynn Mangum is the youngest of four children (one sister, two brothers), and has enjoyed reading and writing stories since her elementary school days. She has always dreamed of seeing her stories in print, and still can't believe her books are not only published, but that strangers actually buy her books and like them! Kay Lynn holds an associates degree from Dixie Junior College, and a ...more
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