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The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,921 Ratings  ·  729 Reviews
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, Kat ...more
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Published June 1st 2005 by Deseret Book Company
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Dec 26, 2008 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 Brett ...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 di ...more
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
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
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.
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
Mar 09, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
This book was simply beautiful and was a wonderful story on how Kathy found her way to the LDS (Mormons) and found her true place in life :) The strong relationship between a brother and sister was simply breathtaking as Kathy worked to uncover the mysteries of her dead brother Brett Colton. The writing was well thought out and climatic, and I loved reading about Kathy and how she continued to find herself throughout the novel.
The romance in this book is sweet, as you might call it. Nothing abou
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, "f ...more
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
Apr 19, 2014 Libby rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-group, teen, lds, romance
I think I'd actually give it 3.5 stars but since it sucked me in, I'll round up.

I admit, when it was handed out for our next book club book and I saw the cover, I thought it was going to be super cheesey. And then I saw the review by Jack Weyland and I kind of internally rolled my eyes....

But if I said I didn't enjoy it, I'd be totally lying!

I made my husband read it (and he read it in a day) and he said it reminded him of an LDS version of "A Walk to Remember". I didn't notice that but now that
Natalie Rivera
Mar 13, 2014 Natalie Rivera rated it really liked it
The Secret Journal of Brett Colton is an awesome book! I've read it twice now. This book is mainly about a girl and a guy in high school who go through challenges but become good friends.In the book the guy is trying to I guess kinda trying to convert and teach this girl about his religion throughout their partnership English study.
At the start of the book the girl totally does not like the football player "jock" so she thinks. The guy at the start of the book does not really care he just want
Kaylee Carter
May 26, 2016 Kaylee Carter rated it liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Kathy Colton is starting her first year of High School and is nervous. She's also tired of her family always talking about her brother Bret who had passed away when she was two years old. She feels like she can't live up to the expectations her family has because of how fantastic Brett was. On her 16th birthday, her mother gives her a letter her brother had written for her specifically for her 16th birthday. In the letter she finds he had written an entire journal to her while he was suffering w ...more
McKinley Hunter
Dec 07, 2015 McKinley Hunter rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-13-25
On Kathy Colton’s 16th birthday she finds a journal written for her from her older brother, Brett. She hates her brother because in her family’s eyes he is perfect in every way and she can never escape his perfection. Brett passed away from Leukemia when she was only two years old. Through this journal Kathy is able to learn more about her brother, while his words help her through her current problems of handling her family and tutoring the high school quarterback.

I really loved reading this boo
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.
Jun 23, 2015 Darla rated it really liked it
Recommended to Darla by: Kendra Hansen
(Genre:LDS/Teen Fiction) 16 year old Kathy Colton is sick of hearing about her older brother Brett who died of leukemia when she was 2 years old. When her family spends time talking about him and telling stories about the past, Kathy feels like they are talking about a family and life in which she has no part or interest. It doesn't help that there is a huge age gap between her and her married siblings as well as their differences in personality and interests. But when she receives a letter from ...more
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Mangum
Oct 25, 2015 Amanda Mangum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-12
Kathy is about to turn 16 and is getting very tired of her family constantly talking about her brother, Brett, who passed about 14 years ago. She was just two when he lost his battle to leukemia and doesn't have any memories of him what so ever. But she soon finds a strange connection to her brother when he leaves her a journal that he wrote, dedicated to her. At the same time, she's been tutoring this really cute football player who might actually be interested in her. This is a Mormon author w ...more
Sep 29, 2014 Linnae rated it really liked it
Kathy has spent her whole life feeling suffocated by the memory of her brother Brett, who died of leukemia at 17. She was too little to remember him, but it seems like all her family ever wants to talk about is how amazing he was. It's like she doesn't exist.

Then on her 16th birthday, she finds his journal from high school, which was written for her. As she reads the journal and navigates the problems in her own life, she begins to realize that it's okay to love him. She also begins to see how s
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.
Jan 30, 2015 Gladys rated it really liked it
The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

This book is about a teen girl named Kathy, she doesn't get along with her parents or her older brother & sister and it irritates her that they are always talking about her brother Brett who passed away when Kathy was only 2 years old.

When Kathy turns 16 her mom gives her a note that Brett wrote to her before he passed away,he also leaves her his journal that he started to write when he found out he had cancer... From that night forward Kathy begins to chan
Mar 26, 2014 Haili rated it it was amazing
It starts off with a newly freshmen girl named Kathy. Kathy has been through a lot since her brother Brett's death when she was younger. Her family kept all the attention on Brett and Kathy felt as though she was blind to her family. Because of this it has led Kathy to hate Brett even though she doesn't remember him. She starts talking in a way like well if I were never born than I wouldn't feel like this kinda way. but who wouldn't feel that way? when Kathy was younger her family was too caugh ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Grace rated it it was amazing
Actually I need to reorder my favorite books. I love this one.
Becky Rock
Apr 07, 2014 Becky Rock rated it liked it
Shelves: good-reads-13-25
This book is about a girl whose family constantly compares her to her "perfect" and also dead older brother. One day, she finds his journal and begins to read it and starts to learn more about her deceased brother while getting to know more about this LDS boy named Brett Colton that she is forced to tutor.

My Roommate recommended this book to me and at first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy it but I actually did! It was a pretty fun and super easy read. The story was pretty interesting and
Mar 20, 2013 Livi rated it it was amazing
Made me cry, and laugh, and it was just so good!
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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 bachel ...more
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