The Truth About You & Me by Amanda Grace
My Copy: ARC PDF eBook, 235 pages
Publication Date: September 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary | Romance | Young Adult
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.
**A big thank you to Flux Books and NetGalley
for providing me with this eARC!**
I was in no way compensated for this review. I received a
copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Truth About You & Me is told in first person narration through the eyes of Madelyn. However, it’s not your typical first person narration. The entire story is actually a giant letter written from Madelyn to Bennett, so there is the use of second person, which is rare in novels. I thought it was an interesting way of writing the story. Madelyn is writing the letter after her and Bennett’s relationship has ended, so there is a sense of sadness to the entire story. But, we don’t find out until the end whether they get back together or not. They had a very complicated relationship; Madelyn is a sixteen-year-old who is attending her first year of college and Bennett is her teacher who has no clue as to her actual age. He has his reservations because he knows that she is younger, but he doesn’t know just how reserved he should have been with her. So, you know things are going to end badly. The Truth About You & Me is a story about their relationship, from the beginning, from Madelyn’s perspective as she writes about it to Bennett.
I liked Madelyn as a character. She told a very heartfelt story. And though she was young and naive, it was easy to connect with her and see the reasons why she did the things she did. She totally fell for this guy who was not only ten years her senior, but also her college professor. I also liked Bennett. The way that Madelyn told his story, at least, he seemed like a genuinely good guy, even though it’s easy to see him otherwise by just hearing about his age and profession in the story.
I don’t typically discuss the writing when reviewing an ARC (because it’s an uncorrected proof and there are still revisions going on until its release date). However, I feel it’s worth mentioning for this book. I thought that the writing was very well done. Grace did an excellent job portraying the story through Madelyn’s eyes, while keeping her character’s youth and innocence. I thought it was a uniquely crafted story that is definitely worth reading and I will keep my eye out for more of Grace’s books in the future.
On that note, I would recommend The Truth About You & Me to any Romance fans out there, particularly adults who enjoy Young Adult fiction. I would also suggest that fans of New Adult fiction read this one as well, as it kind of had a bit of a NA tone to it.