The Truth About You and Me
By Amanda Grace
Publication date: Sept. 8, 2013
Flux, 229 pages
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.com description
The Truth About You and Me both engrossed and INFURIATED me, and I don’t know what to do with that. Which emotion did Amanda Grace mean for me to feel? Both? Neither? I can’t tell! Is that the point? Which leads to a philosophical discussion of: Does there have to be a point? Gah!
This story is about Madelyn, a (supposedly) super smart girl who foolishly starts an affair with her much-older community college professor by lying to him about her young age.
I appreciate that the author took on this taboo subject and that her story showed how quickly a lie can snowball. And I liked that the book tried something new in terms of format: It was written as a letter from Madelyn to Bennett, retelling her side of things.
But the problem with this is that Madelyn is so very immature and swoony. She goes on and on about how much she loves him. Well, smartypants, if you really care about him, you would have told him the truth about your age so as to NOT RUIN HIS LIFE!
Plus, I worry that how much she moons over him and justifies her actions glorifies this awful situation.
Anyone else read this one? Thoughts? I mean, it got me thinking and, like I said, was extremely engrossing. Hmm! Conundrum!
PS: Knowing their ages, that kissing cover makes me wanna hurl.