The Truth About You and Me

The Truth About You and Me

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Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special programme 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • North Star Editions
  • FLUX
  • United States
  • English
  • 0738736244
  • 9780738736242
  • 722,761

About Amanda Grace

Amanda Grace is an alias for Mandy Hubbard, who is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Ripple (all published by Razorbill/Penguin), But I Love Him and In Too Deep (both published by Flux). In Too Deep has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction. Grace is currently living happily ever after with her husband and young daughter in Tacoma, Washington. For more information, visit her online at: AmandaGraceBooks.com.show more

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"Grace ... treats delicate issues with honesty and control." --Publishers Weeklyshow more

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This is quite the story, and despite the fact I read one similar in theme and being with their teacher not to long ago (Where you Are by Trumble) I still thoroughly enjoyed. I think that Amanda Grace did a good job of painting the picture of how it started, and trying to show that Bennett aka Mr. Cartright didn't know she was only because she lied. It treaded some really thin lines, but I totally felt how she fell in love and can only imagine what it would be like to be a college professor and being attracted to your student. And I think that Bennett was honorable about it so long and showed so much but then again not enough restraint while he was still her teacher. I liked Madelyn despite the lies, and I believe that she wanted to do the right thing, but was drawn in by the forbidden romance and the strength of her attraction for and connection with Bennett. But I also thought that he reacted when he did find out, but I also can see where he was coming from because it was a huge shock. But then again 16, 17 and 18 really isn't that big of a difference if all are age of consent. So I understand but also since it is from Madelyn's point of view totally am hurt and outraged by his ultimate negative reaction. But Madelyn in some ways is more mature because she is smart and can handle college classes, but immature in the lies, and not standing up for herself for so long. She let her parents plans dictate her and guide her life even when she wasn't sure what she wanted for herself. But I suppose that she was mature in that she still studied and followed the path because of her reasoning, since she didn't know what she actually wanted, why make the fuss and not do the work until she figures it out. One thing I didn't like though was the point of view. I get that it is a letter and a medium for telling stories, but the use of "you" making it feel like I was Mr. Cartwright is what kept this from being four or even possibly five stars. It pulled me out of things because it annoyed me, and that is totally personal preference on me, nothing on the writing. The ending was bittersweet but fitting and even though it felt a bit rushed to me, it was perfect for this story, and another big reason it differed from Where you Are. Bottom Line: Tough subject of teacher and student relationship with a twist.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Madelyn is taking fast-track courses to get her through college early. She's always been a brilliant student, and her father always pushes her to try harder, achieve more, and aim high. On her first day of classes though, she meets her new biology teacher - Bennett. He's gorgeous, and they're instantly attracted to each other, so when they bump into each other while hiking on the following Saturday, they start talking and hit it off. One hiking trip turns into more, and dinner, but Bennett tells her that he won't kiss her until December 17th, when she's no longer his student. Bennett and Madelyn keep their relationship private, and wait on December. Can Bennett and Madelyn really be together though? How long will it be until Bennett finds out the truth? And how long can Madelyn keep up the charade of being eighteen? This was an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who starts a relationship with her teacher, but I kinda felt like it was nothing new, it had all been done before, and my attention waned. Madelyn was an okay character, but how dumb do you have to be to know that having a relationship with your teacher is a bad idea, not to mention lying about your age? Even if he hadn't been her teacher, pretending to be 18 when you are actually 16 is not going to last for very long, eventually he would find out her deception and everything would be over. Madelyn obviously had some issues with the way that her parents pushed her to be fabulous all the time, but I didn't really see how having a relationship with her teacher really helped her with this. I think Madelyn could have really done with a bit of a reality check in this book, and she really needed to consider that it wasn't just her own life that she was messing up. Bennett was also in need of some home truths. Even if Madelyn had been 18, she was still his student, even after class had finished, and he really should have known better than to even consider a relationship with her. Just because you haven't physically been together, doesn't mean that you don't have a relationship, and this was obviously a lot more than a normal student-teacher relationship. He confessed to Madelyn about how his previous relationship ended, and told her that he was waiting for the rug to be pulled out from underneath him again, and whilst I thought that it was pretty poor of Madelyn to not tell him what she was hiding at this point, he was also pretty dense to not see how easily the rug could be pulled out from under him by dating his student! I mean, seriously! You are both as bad as one another! The storyline in this book was okay, but again, I felt like there was nothing new. I must have read quite a few books where a student has a relationship with her teacher, I mean, it was a storyline in Dawson's Creek in 1998 when Pacey slept with his English teacher even (I love Pacey!), but I just didn't feel that this was anything new at all. Whiney misunderstood 16-year-old lies about her age, and has secret rendezvous' with her teacher, they get caught, the end. It wasn't even like the romance was so good that it made up for the lack of other storylines, the whole thing was just mediocre for me. I also think that people might have trouble with the way this story is written. It's written in the form of a letter to Bennett from Madelyn, and it's all past-tense, recounting what happened between them, all 'you said', 'you did', 'you thought', with quite a lot of rambling, and a pretty slow pace. I really thought that we would get more than we actually got with this story, which was really disappointing. The ending was also just okay. The storyline played out exactly as expected, although we did then get a little bit at the end which was '2 years later', which let us know what happened after all this came out. If anything this little epilogue was a bit sad really. Overall; an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who has a relationship with her teacher. 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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