The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

by Kay Lynn Mangum

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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 seventeen 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, Kathy is mortified by an assignment to tutor the popular high school quarterback Jason West, a football jock who, even worse, is a Mormon. Author Kay Lynn Mangum brilliantly weaves dual stories of a dying brother and a coming-of-age sister who learn the importance of loving family and nurturing faith.

About the Author

Kay Lynn Mangum

Kay Lynn Mangum holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Southern Utah University. She has enjoyed reading and writing stories since her elementary school days and has always dreamed of publishing novels. She works as a legal assistant and loves traveling to the places where she wants to set her stories. The Secret Journal of Brett Colton, her first novel, began as a short story she created at age 15 for a high school writing contest. Kay Lynn lives in Utah.

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Love It!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-01

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I just can’t stop reading it! I strongly recommend it to anyone who is willing to cry, laugh, and gasp at the same time!

My favourite ❤️
By , Submitted on 2018-04-16

Such a beautiful story. It’s impossible to not get emotionally attached to the characters. I’ve read this book three times and could read it again and still giggle, smile and tear up like it was the first. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out!

One of my favorites!
By , Submitted on 2015-06-02

Ever since the first time I read this book several years ago, it's a must-read for me a couple times a year. The love story between Jason and Kathy is so young and innocent, and even more compelling is the love story between Kathy and her brother Brett; their unbreakable bond had me laughing and crying, and both of their journeys to a discovery of the LDS faith and the Book of Mormon gave me a knew appreciation for the Gospel. And it does so every time I read it! Definitely a must read for all ages.

An all-time favorite!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have re-read this book so many times and fall in love with it over again each time. The characters feel so real and you feel for them throughout the book. I would recommend it to anyone, especially teenage girls. It's up-lifting, cute and fun! It's a must-have on your shelf!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is awesome, It was so good that I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is one of my favorites that I have read.

It's not the same old tired LDS novel.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I don't read much LDS fiction, I’m a doctrinal man myself, but your review and passion for it in our Managers Leadership Conference in February got me to crack it open. I must say I really became involved in the story and in the characters lives. Believe me, this is huge coming from me. I just don't read this kind of stuff. I believe the story to be so unique and untouched in fiction today many regular readers of this genre will be happily surprised left wanting more from this author. I truly believe it hits a niche readers are wanting to experience. It's not the same old tired LDS novel. You know the kind, the sappy love drama saga. Thank goodness for a fresh approach to LDS writing. Richard Harline

Truly unique story..fantastic!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Just read it.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a must-read book as it is simply amazing and very well written.
The book is about a teenage girl (Kathy) whose unforgettable brother (Brett) died from Leukemia when he was sixteen. She cannot recall any memory she had of Brett because she was only two years old when he died which frustrates Kathy because Brett is all her family ever talks about, and speaks so highly of. Kathy merely cannot understand why they just can’t get over his death and move on with life. She wishes her family could just find something different, or someone different, that will make them just as proud as Brett had. However, after receiving a journal Brett had written specifically for Kathy to receive on her sixteenth birthday, she experiences a change of heart. By reading Brett’s journal, falling in love with the popular jock she has to tutor, and eventually seeking out to find the Mormon Church, Kathy experiences changes she never thought would happen in her life.
This is a fantastic book for anyone and definitely targets teenage girls who need a pick-me-up in life and to know they are loved. It is great for members of the LDS church as it shows different sides and perspectives of this gospel and everything in between. Beware of laughing, crying, and feeling inspired to become a better person.
This book has a great message of finding out who you really are, where you come from, and where life can take you if you allow it to. It is an easy read with realistic emotions that will catch the reader off guard and find they are unable to put the book down because the reader will experience the same change of heart as Kathy. I would highly suggest reading The Secret Journal of Brett Colton, for you will find yourself in someone else’s shoes for a couple of days.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was absolutely amazing. I couldn't put it down. Must read!:)

wonderful book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was well-written and so interesting that it was hard to put down. I can't wait to read another book by this author!

the best
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

i simply love this book. it was really great and so worth it. i spend every hour possible reading, just couldn't put it away.
a really sweet story with a great moral. definitely one of my favorite books now ;)

Loved this book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I finished reading The Shack by William P. Young the day before I started The Secret Journal. It fell flat comparison. Kudos to Miss Mangum for bringing the characters to life in such a way that I feel like I know them personally. Also I am glad she resisted the temptation to marry off Kathy and Jason. Kept the story that much more real.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

For me, reading books is not my favorite thing to do. A book has to hook me right at the beginning and if it doesn't i don't read it. When I was reading this book, I couldn't put it down. All I wanted to do was keep on reading to find out what is going to happen next. This book is a book that I can read over and over again and still get that feeling of not knowing what is going to happen and the feeling that I don't want to put it down. I love this book and i have told everyone I know about it and they have wanted to read it! When they read it they have loved it as well! to sum it up.. IT WAS AMAZING!!!

One of my favorites.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is by far one of the best of the books I own and I'm still reading it the first time through. I want to have my friends read it. The end of the thirteenth chapter really hit me. It can make you think and I really enjoy it.

Ah, the happy surprise that was The Secret Journal of Brett Colton!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The premise: Kathy was two when her teen-aged older brother died of leukemia. Now she feels like living in his shadow is ruining her high school years. All her family seems to talk about is how great her brother, Brett, was at everything Kathy is not. But the resentment Kathy has nurtured for so long is upended when she finds his journal that he kept just for her.

There is romance, humor, drama and spiritual epiphany in this well-written book. It is a compelling read, a real page-turner. This was Kay Lynn Mangum's first novel and her craft is evident. It was entertaining to watch headstrong Kathy get flummoxed by the dashing football hero, Jason West. The characters make believable decisions that are in line with who they are (instead of just making decisions for no apparent reason than to further the plot- which I refer to as 24-itis and drives me CRAZY).

The spiritual moments are genuinely touching and refect real-life concerns and truths. There is a missionary arc to the story that may seen too coincidental but works well and hey, sometimes life is just like that. There are a few plot twists that are visible miles away (especially if you read much LDS fiction) but all the technique and overally story compensate nicely.

I found myself crying at times while reading this book- and I hate crying while reading. But I am willing to forgive this book for that because I really enjoyed it.

It is classified with the 'teen' books. I think any young woman age 12 and up would be enthralled by this story.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is one of my favorite books ever!!! It has comedy, drama, romance, but the perfect amount of each one!! I am almost 14 and I loved it. My Mom loved it too!!! Perfect for ANYONE!!!!!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was really good. I can't even describe it. Which i will sadly admit i did cry. The love in the story is strong. THIS BOOK WAS MARVELOUS

Frankly... Amazing
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was incredibly amazed by this book. I received it as a gift for easter from my parents and was not that enthusiastic about it, but decided to read it that day since we did not have any special plans. I started it before church and read a few chapters- and was begging for more, that's all I could think about. Then, I read as soon as I got home until I finished around 10:00 at night, crying the whole time (and I never cry during books). I am 17 and it caused me to take a look at my life. I was so thrilled with it, that I told my mom to read it and she loved it too. I recommend it to anyone who is considering reading it- especially teenagers.

A good book for everyone.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I am a 14-year-old girl, and I LOVED this book - I've read lots of books in my life, and this makes the top ten list. This book appeals to many people, though - it's also one of the favorite books of my 20-year-old brother. This is definitely an awesome book, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Pleasant reading
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book can be read by teens and adults. It is a good story about learning to be comfortable with ourselves and dealing with how we are perceived by others (and how WE perceive that we are being perceived by others).

A pleasant way to learn that we all deal with struggles and that we can all learn and grow. Pleasant, warm, charming, and fun.

5 Stars!

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