by Amanda Grace
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Publication Date: September 8th 2013
Genre: Young Adult
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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. (Goodreads)
The book is about a young high school girl, Madelyn, who is taking advanced college classes, and who falls in love with her professor. You pretty much know where the story is going to go when you start reading the book.
Honestly, I probably shouldn’t have read this book right after reading Tampa by Alissa Nutting. Unfortunately because of this, I had a really hard time connecting with the main character. Yes, I know that teens just want love; and Madelyn didn’t get anything but pressure from her family. However, what she did was so wrong. She knew that she was lying the WHOLE time, and never really even tried to tell Bennett the truth about her real age. While I felt bad for her situation, I REALLY wanted her to just tell him, if not for herself, then for Bennett, who was such a great guy.
Overall: I am not saying that this is a bad book at all. The writing and the story was good otherwise, as I obviously finished the story. I’m sure I would have thought differently about it if I hadn’t JUST finished reading Tampa. Because of that, I just found it really hard to feel bad for Madelyn for not telling the truth.