Monday, August 26, 2013

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth about You and Me
by Amanda Grace
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Publication Date: September 8th 2013
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780738736242
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley

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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)
OK, I admit it… The first thing that drew me to The Truth about You and Me was its gorgeous cover, and that in itself made me request the book to review. Then I decided to actually check out the summary, and it sounded like it would be a pretty good read.

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. 

4 comments:

  1. That really is a gorgeous cover! I can see why you were drawn in. I can see why you'd be irritated with the lying thing.

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  2. Though I'm not fond of teacher-student relationships, I find them quite addicting to read. Maybe its because of the forbidden love that happens between the characters. Anyways, thanks for the honest review (:!

    Holly @ Absorbing the Content

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  3. Hmmm, actually (and unfortunately) no one I've seen reading this one so far as really enjoyed it - which is too bad because the cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is interesting. Everyone has had some of the same complaints as you, Christy. This makes me less excited for it, but I might still see if my library gets it or anything.

    Once Upon a Prologue

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  4. I had a lot of problems with Madelyn as well-she knew it was wrong, she admitted that frequently but she never thought beyond herself and it was hard to read knowing the eventual outcome.

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