Fri, September 13, 2013

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace Review

The Truth About You and Me book cover

The Truth About You and Me book cover

The Truth About You and Me
By Amanda Grace
Publication date: Sept. 8, 2013
Flux, 229 pages
Source: Publisher

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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Knowing their ages, that kissing cover makes me wanna hurl.

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13 Comments

  1. Buffy said:

    Hmmm, this is a bit disturbing. And you’re right, the cover is even more so considering their ages.

    Although, in the UK, the legal age of consent is 16. As an American living over here, it’s sometimes hard to wrap my head around someone that young being legal. (It probably doesn’t help that as I get older, they seem younger!)

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  2. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    Ohhhh my. This was going to be one of my next reads and I’m still going to read it… But looks like I may be upset with it haha. I’m actually really interested though! I can’t stand immature characters like that, but I think the book proposes an interesting subject and I enjoy reading about the taboo to see how I end up feeling about the entire situation. Great thoughts! I’m curious.

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  3. Estelle said:

    I read and reviewed this on Sunday, and I guess I just thought it was kind of the point that her immaturity made her act… well, immature.She wasn’t really up for what she thought she was. I liked that twist on the storyline. I couldn’t stop reading either, and I wish there was a bit more to it… I don’t know something to make it more of a well-rounded story (maybe more from her parents or her brother) but for what it was, it made me think a lot and that was enough for me.

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  4. We Heart YA said:

    Haven’t read it yet, but we were thinking about it. If we get to it soon, we’ll come back and share our thoughts!

    We did recently read this other review of it, though: http://www.zoesbookreviews.com/2013/09/the-truth-about-you-and-me-by-amanda.html

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  5. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    This was a different read for me … I liked it, but I felt guilty for liking it, like I *shouldn’t* like it. I think the main character’s age really had something to do with her being all swoony and not quite so grown up … really, I think the teacher should’ve clued in at some point. I mean, I would think that if she comes across as not-so-grown-up, he would have noticed that!

    Anyway, great review!

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  6. J.P. Grider said:

    All these comments are making me want to read this. The summary of the book didn’t, but now I’m intrigued.

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  7. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I’m a little worried about the maturity level of the main character, but I think it’s a great issue to write about. I’m definitely going to check it out to see how the author handles it. It sounds like it was…somewhat good, yet also not? Regardless, I’m still going to read it.

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  8. Miranda @ Tempest Books said:

    The synopsis of this totally has me hooked…I love a good student-teacher relationship book. But I’m not sure if the ages are going to creep me out too much, haha. This is in my review pile, and I hope to get to it soon!

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  9. Abria @ Read. Write. Discuss. said:

    This one didn’t really impress me either. It was like reading a train wreck in slow motion. You know it won’t end well, and the letter-writing construct was weird, but I kept reading just to see how badly she would screw it all up. That was really all that motivated me to keep reading.

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