Book Review: The Truth About You and Me by 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.

Release Date: September 8, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley

Wow!  I loved The Truth About You and Me!  Besides the obvious appeal of a forbidden relationship, there was a lot to love about this book.  

Not only are Madelyn and Bennet student and teacher, there is a huge age difference between them (10 years is huge when it's the difference between 16 and 26).  I don't remember having a crush on any of my teachers, but I could instantly see the appeal to Bennet.  He was just sexy and nearly perfect.  I fell in love with him right alongside Madelyn.

I have never been a huge fan of epistolary-style novels, but it was the perfect way to tell Madelyn and Bennet's story.  I loved that Madelyn recounts their entire relationship through flashbacks, telling their story with the voice of wisdom and experience.

The one thing I didn't like about The Truth About You and Me was the ending.  I confess that I am a hopeless romantic at heart, and always root for a happily-ever-after for my beloved characters.  But, I will say that the way Grace wrapped things up was appropriate and realistic.

The story moved very quickly.  I found myself reading into the night, to find out how things ended.  My favorite thing about this book was the way Grace writes emotion.  I felt everything Madelyn felt, right along with her.  When she was happy, my heart soared, when she was sad, I wanted to cry.   

I loved The Truth About You and Me and highly recommend it!

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