Published: 8th Sept 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.
The Truth About You and Me is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be another good YA romance about forbidden love. However, what I got was a coming of age story that left me broken hearted.
It is told by Maddie writing letters to Bennett and retelling us everything that happened between them. I don't think I have read any books told this way. It was so refreshing and I think gives the reader a more personal connection to Maddie. Maddie is only sixteen but she is at college through a Running Start programme. She falls for Bennett her biology professor and in return Bennett starts falling for her. But he thinks Maddie is eighteen/nineteen. Now, Maddie I did like her. I found her such a refreshing character. She isn't perfect and I like that. Bennett oh Bennett. Such a sweetheart. He is lovely. I felt for him so much because he didn't know Maddie was only sixteen. He just thought their relationship was forbidden because of the professor/student situation. So the suspense was killing me just waiting for the truth to unravel.
When I first started reading this, I couldn't get into it straight away. There is a slow build but after about 20% in I was hooked and couldn't put it down. I was drawn into Maddie's story. Wanting more and more. Rooting for this couple. I sometimes forget that when I read these kind of stories that the age of consent is usually 18 in the States. Here in Scotland it is 16 so at times I didn't really feel the forbidden love aspect until I reminded myself that 16 is sometimes illegal in America. Just depending on the State.
The Truth About You and Me is a book I am highly recommending that you pre-order. It was such a captivating, consuming and emotional read. I found myself going through all the emotions the characters were going through because the author is an amazing storyteller. However, if you are prone to cry when reading then be warned!! You will cry. A nice way to sum the story up is that it was Heartbreakingly Beautiful.