by Amanda Grace
Published by Flux Release date : September 8th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things.
Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennett. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured - and missed out on - in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love.
There's only one problem. Bennett is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen - because she hasn't told him the truth.
The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennett - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is one of those stories that you know that nothing good could possibly happen. You know there are only two ways this story could go. Yet; as I was reading, I was biting my nails, nervous beyond words for what would happen. This book is beautiful. It’s real. And it made me THINK.
Madelyn is a 16-year-old college student. This is where she meets Bennett. Handsome, mature and sweet but also her Professor. As the two grow close, Madelyn continues to build their relationship on one major lie, her age.
The writing in The Truth About You and Me was captivating and beautiful. It’s in letter form to Bennett; in which Madelyn tries to explain why she did the things she did. While normally with this type of writing, I am often detached from the protagonist but not here. It was like we were experiencing everything with Madelyn.
As for Madelyn herself; at times I kind of felt sorry for her. I don’t agree with the decisions she made and granted, she hardly thought them through and was selfish, but there is this… sliver of sympathy. Why? I don’t even know. She IS smart, because it took some artfully crafted half-truths to cover her ass and some series scheming to get them together.
That comment I made about making me think? Well, I can’t help but think about how often something like this happens. Girl vs Boy, ya know? It would have been so easy to turn this situation around on Bennett. In the writing, the situation, everything. But he was innocent. OK, granted he had feelings for a student but, still.. Pretty innocent. And it’s scary that there are no serious repercussions where Madelyn is concerned. Yet, Bennett could lose everything.
I am kind of conflicted about the ending. It wasn’t SAD but it isn’t HAPPY either. I was hoping.. I don’t know what I was hoping for, but it seems this was the only way it could end.
Overall- I really enjoyed this one. It’s a compelling story about forbidden love, beautiful writing and one that had me engrossed until the end. I highly recommend this one.