ARC Review: The Truth About You & Me

August 26, 2013 Review 51 ★★★★

ARC Review: The Truth About You & Me
The Truth About You and Me by Mandy Hubbard
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Publisher: Flux
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 264
Release Date: September 8th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I absolutely loved THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME. I was a bit discouraged after all the negative reviews I had been seeing but now must disagree with the majority of them. Everything about this book, even the flaws, just made the story enjoyable and leaves you thinking.

Madelyn is attending college classes even though she is only sixteen. This is how she meets Bennett Cartwright, who seems perfect, except for the fact he is her Biology professor. Maddie builds their relationship on lies, lies about her age. Of course, the truth comes out eventually. Unknowing his fate, Maddie begins writing a letter to him, to them, hoping it will help clear his name.

Those false-hoods and half-truths started something that ruined you, and I know you can’t forgive me, but I want you to remember me the right way, the real way it all happened, and not the ugly way they’ll try to make it sound.
So for you, for me, for them, here it is:

The truth about you and me.

The way this was written made it a breeze to read, Maddie is writing a letter to Bennett but it never felt like just a letter. It still felt like their story, just way more personalized and in a way you can almost imagine yourself being there with Maddie through all her experiences. It just made the story all the more real and I definitely found myself smiling. However, the writing style is definitely not for everyone, as it is akin to second person.

Surprisingly, this was written in such a way that doesn’t make Bennett seem like a creepy older guy taking advantage of a (unbeknown to him) younger girl, which could have been really easy to do. It really was fate, and a little scheming on Maddie’s part, that brought them together.

One thing I have to mention, is character development. Xpresso Reads’ review mentioned this and made a great point. The only character we get to fully experience is Maddy, because she is the one writing the letter. All of the other characters are just mentions, and they never felt as real.

Many readers will appreciate the ending of this one. It is bittersweet, although it was sad, it is the most realistic ending one could hope for and I am very happy with it.

If you are a fan of forbidden love stories and cute contemporary novels, I recommend this.

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Rating Report
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51 Responses to “ARC Review: The Truth About You & Me”

  1. Kezia D

    I’m a bit hesitant about this too since it’s written in a letter format? I’m afraid there would be these huge walls of text all over the book and that would be really boring .__. But they way you describe it like this book was not boring at all! It actually sounds like a really great love story :P and about age difference in romance… I don’t think it’s such a big deal if they’re only a few years apart but if it’s like 8 or 10 years … Then THAT would be sorta creepy O_o
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    • Alise

      Surprisingly, I don’t remember there being lots of clunky paragraphs, because that bothers me a lot too. There was plenty of dialogue include in the letter. It was a cute love story. *Cough* I think it was around 8 years *cough* But it was still cute xD

  2. Andreea

    Oh, this one sounds great. I’ll add it to my wish list. Glad you gave it a chance despite the negative reviews.

    It makes me wonder how much one should trust negative/positive reviews in the end, because everyone has a different taste and you can never be 100% sure if you’ll like a book or not, unless you read it yourself.

    For example – I wanted to read Beautiful Creatures for such a long time but since it got so many bad reviews, I didn’t want to read it anymore. But a few months ago, I said to myself – just try it out and see for yourself and I am glad I did because I loved this book so much!

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    • Alise

      I so agree, I think so many factors go into a people liking a book or not. That would be a great discussion topic, actually. Because moods and attitudes determine your feelings about a book too so it’s quite unpredictable.

      That’s a perfect example of your point because I actually didn’t care for Beautiful Creatures xD I’m glad you did, though!

  3. Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews

    Ooo, I’ve seen this around but never suspected at all this was about a teacher-student relationship so I admit I’m surprised! I usually try to stay away from these types of stories but after reading Drowning Instinct, I am curious enough to want to read it. Good to know the MC has a lot of character development, I don’t think I would mind the other characters getting less development if the MC was more fleshed out. Great review Alise :D
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I think the uniqueness of the narrative really distracts from the fact the other characters are not as developed. I shall have to look up Drowning Instinct!

    • Alise

      LOL, yeah, I think everyone has once or twice. That’s why it bothers me when people are like “This book has icky subjects” when it’s just human nature and they have probably had a crush like that too.

  4. Becca @ Nawanda Files

    Wow this sounds so original. I had no idea that it was written like that (letter-form). That’s pretty creative and seems like it would be challenging to write. Glad she was able to pull it off. That makes sense that you’d only feel a deep connection to Maddy through the letters — since she’s the one writing. Still, this is so different that I may need to get my hands on a copy. I’m so behind in contemporaries lately though. Need to catch up ;) Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Thanks! I used to never read contemporary but lately they seem to fall into my lap and always change my mind about the genre. Yeah, the letter aspect was a huge positive!

  5. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    I didn’t bother reading the negative reviews because the fact that their were a lot of them seemed like a good enough reason not to read this anymore. Reading your review now, I think I might give this a go. A story written as a letter set on telling the truth seems very lovely. And I’m curious about the bittersweet ending. Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      The ending is worth the read, alone, seriously. I have a love/hate relationship with endings like that. I later come to always appreciate them, though.

  6. Giselle

    Great review, muffin! And thanks for the shout-out! I think you enjoyed this one a bit more than me but it still kept me glued to the pages for some reason. I’m a sucker for doomed romance, I guess? haha. I do think the characters were really the downfall of the book if it had more well developed characters and less stereotypes it would have been a much stronger book for me. I did really enjoy the way it was written, too! And you totally have to read Drowning Instinct!!

    • Alise

      Thanks! Yeah, it was definitely a trade-off because I think the other characters could have been more developed if the story had been written in a different style. I so have to check that out, that’s the second time I’ve heard it mentioned!

    • Alise

      Yeah, I think the whole idea can be dealt with either way, and this one did it relatively.. not positively but well and realistically.

  7. Romi Foster

    I’m glad this one you liked, especially as you may not have thought you would like it- it’s so fantastic when that happens, and for me it usually comes along when I least expect it! ( :
    I don’t think I myself would like this one- the storyline sounds like one I wouldn’t be able to get into/enjoy, and I’m not particularly drawn to the sound of it, despite your excellent review, so I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my tbr right now.
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    • Alise

      Aw, that’s okay! We all have our own interests. Yeah, it really is great when you end up loving a book that you weren’t sure about.

    • Alise

      Yeah, there are a few. Some of them just diss the subject matter though, which makes me so mad! If you don’t like what it is about to begin with, why even read it? Thanks! :)

  8. Shannelle (The Tracery of Ink)

    I actually like sad endings a lot. :) And anyway, there’s your review to battle all the other reviews I’ve seen for this. At least someone enjoyed it!

    On the other hand, I love your new background! And I hope I won’t offend you, but I really dislike the font, because it’s so thin for some letters that it’s a struggle to read. I’m sorry!

  9. Charlotte Eve

    Well, this certainly looks like an interesting story! It’s been a long time since I have read a book that is completely in letter format, so I will add this to the wishlist! Maddie sounds like a great character! I feel so sorry for the guy, though. He seriously didn’t know anything O_O

    Btw, that cover is so pretty (maybe because both of the models are pretty? lol)
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    • Alise

      Right? I really can’t understand why people blame him and call him creepy because he really didn’t know, and sure it’s unprofessional but he did try and create boundaries as best as he could. Hope you get to read this one soon :)

  10. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    It’s been a while since I read a book where it’s written in letter form. As soon as I heard that I knew this book would be for me. I had a great experience the only other time I have read a book in letter form. It just feels more personal and done right it’s a great way to translate a story. I haven’t read any other reviews for this book so I don’t know the negatives of this book but simply based on your review I think even though you only really experience Maddy and she seems the only one who feels real I could still enjoy this book.
    Have you seen this cover with a different title?:
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    • Alise

      Whoa, I had no idea this had a cover double! Weird. Ever weirder considering the release dates are kind of close. Yeah, I think this may have been my first letter format book but it has really sold me on the second person narrative, I really liked that about it.

  11. Danielle

    Great review Alise! I never think I’m going to be a fan of student/teacher relationships but then I think of Aria/Ezra from PLL, Bliss and Garrick from Losing It and Pacey and Ms What’s her face from Dawson’s Creek and clearly I don’t have a leg to stand on so I’m glad you enjoyed this one! It definitely sounds compelling. Will be checking it out! :)

    • Alise

      For sure, it’s a great story. Yeah, the second person narrative wowed me in this one. I haven’t heard of that book but I will look it up!

  12. Sunny

    I’ve seen negative reviews of this on other blogs so I’m thrilled to see a positive review! I’m intrigued, especially since I read a book where they did it in letter form and surprised myself by loving it since it didn’t FEEL like a letter. So I’m curious. I also know that I will probably like the writing as well since just by the quote you put in there, I was hooked. Thanks for the lovely review!

    • Alise

      Yeah, this doesn’t feel like a letter either because it’s just so well written. I so hope you enjoy this one. Ah, I love that quote too :)

  13. Maida

    I’ve read a lot of negative reviews for this, mainly due to the age difference between the two main characters and I am actually glad to see you had a different opinion. I love my HEA so I am kind of wary of starting this and then ending up hating the ending. Because of your review, I am actually considering reading this. I am definitely curious to see where Maddy ends up. Thank for the honest review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Alise

      Ooh, I hope you do, I adore HEA but bittersweet endings always get me and I was happy with the way this concluded. The age difference thing, hey-it happens in real life all the time. I don’t think age is a huge factor in a relationship, within reason.

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