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 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.
If you liked this review and thought it helpful, please vote so on Amazon: The Truth About You and Me