Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
Release Date: September 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux


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

 
Once again, Amanda Grace has reduced me to tears.  This story was touching in a way that only this author can do.  I have read several prior books by her, and she gets me every single time.  There is such deep talent to her books that I literally devour them when I read them.  As I did with this one.

I loved Madelyn, and Bennett both.  Madelyn is basically in college at age sixteen.  A lot of people who haven't read the book might think it's impossible for a college professor not to know she's not yet eighteen, but if you read the book and meet Madelyn, you begin to see how easy it would have been for Bennett to believe.  Madelyn is a very mature sixteen year old, and her interactions with Bennett are adult.  It was sad, however, to see how she feels so stifled and smothered by her parents' high hopes for her.  She feels that her life is planned out, and with a plan that she isn't sure she wants.  Bennett allows her to be herself in a way she's never felt she could before.

For Bennett's part, I never felt that he was any sort of predator.  This is a young professor who is truly fooled into thinking Madelyn is 18.  She doesn't outright lie to him, but she's in college, so assumptions are easy to make, and she does nothing to correct it.  I felt so bad for their situation, especially when the truth comes out, as it inevitably must.  I had really grown to love these two together, and I couldn't help but wish that they could be together.

This was such a touching story, albeit more sad than I expected, but it was beautifully written.  I love, love, love the poetry of the narration.  Amanda Grace does this so well.  You're not only touched by her great story and amazing characters, but you're blown away by the beauty of her writing.  A wonderful story by a wonderful author.



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