Title: The Truth About You and Me
Author: Amanda Grace
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 Bennet. 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. Bennet 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 Bennet – both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
The book is told in (very long) letters that Madelyn writes. The style of writing is gorgeous and so is the cover.
Madelyn writes about how she met and fell in love with Bennet. She drops lots of hints about what happens later. When you’re reading the book it’s obvious that there won’t be a happy ending. But that’s okay, because this book wouldn’t be as good if there was one.
Madelyn falls for Bennet really fast. She starts fantasizing about him almost as soon as she meets him, she thinks about their future and life together. That’s understandable, because for her, part of the attraction is escaping from the life that her family expects her to have. She doesn’t tell Bennet that she’s actually 16 years old, which is an incredibly stupid decision. She always finds ways to justify lying and (even if they’re not smart) her actions make sense because she’s so scared of being found out. She plans on telling the truth, but those plans only exist to make her feel better.
In the letters, she repeats many times that it’s not his fault for what happened between them and she’s not a victim. That’s true, but he’s not completely blameless. He knew she was his student. It’s a bit difficult to believe that he would risk losing his job for a girl he just met. I do like him as a character, though. He gets too cheesy sometimes, but he’s not a bad guy at all. And his dog is named Voldemort, so that’s a plus.
I thought it was a really good book about a student-teacher relationship. Also, Amanda Grace is a pen name for Mandy Hubbard. I enjoyed her book Prada & Prejudice, but The Truth About You and Me is a lot better.