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Gr 8-10-Madelyn Hawkins is a first-year student at Green River Community College in Enumclaw, Washington. Ever since she was young, her father has pushed her to succeed, and her parents have big plans for her to attend an Ivy League school. On her first day of college, she meets Bennett Cartwright, her handsome and smart biology professor. The attraction between the two of them is palpable, yet they know they can't have a relationship because of his position. They look forward to the day that their class ends so that they can be together at last, but there's something that Madelyn still hasn't told Bennett. She's only 16, enrolled in a program called Running Start, which allows her to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Madelyn knows that he is already struggling with the idea of dating an 18-year-old, so she decides not to reveal her age, knowing full well that the truth will eventually catch up with her. As readers know from the start, the relationship is doomed to fail, landing Bennett in hot water with the college. Grace tells the story through a letter that Madelyn writes, hoping to clear Bennett's name. She is the only character who is really developed, with others remaining flat and one-dimensional. Although at times the narrative can be a little repetitive, the pacing builds solidly toward the climax, and the sense of passion and urgency is sustained throughout. Not a must-read but recommended for fans of "forbidden love" stories.-Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Madelyn Hawkins is 16 and taking community college classes. Her professor, Bennett Cartwright, is 26. Madelyn is immediately attracted to him, and the feeling is mutual. One problem: Bennett assumes Maddie is older, and Maddie doesn’t correct him. Structured as a letter to Bennett after their relationship is discovered, as a means of explaining her actions and apologizing for lying, Madelyn takes readers back to the very beginning of their relationship. Bennett thinks the only impediment to their dating is the fact that he is Maddie’s teacher, and so, before even kissing her, he insists that they wait until December 17 to make it official—the last day of classes. And when December 17 rolls around, their interaction is pretty steamy. Then things fall apart. Because of the narrative technique and the fact that Madelyn interrupts the flow to address her thoughts to Bennett (“Did you think it was fate, Bennett?”), readers may feel somewhat distanced from the story. And while final events are somewhat rushed, the topic is compelling. Many teens will be drawn to the novel for that reason alone. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (September 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738736244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738736242
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Amanda Grace is a pen name for young adult author Mandy Hubbard. She's the author of PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, RIPPLE, and other novels for teens. She lives outside Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alise (Readers in Wonderland) on August 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.

The way this was written absolutely mesmerized me, 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.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog on July 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Truth About You and Me is a hard one for me. I can't say it was enjoyable, but I also can't say I didn't like certain aspects. I can't completely hate Madelyn (though it's close), but I sure can want to slap her. I'm in a weird zone on this one. It's an interesting book, but just not one that I can say I liked or will ever want to reread.

For one, the way The Truth About You and Me is written is just really cool. It's written as letters from Madelyn to Bennett after their relationship has been ended and discovered. You know that disaster is coming, and the letters betray that foreboding tone, but you just want to see how, why. It's also all Madelyn's voice, so she's up front about why she did things. It didn't make me like her any better, because she's so willingly doing what she knows she shouldn't, what could get Bennett in trouble, but it's still helpful to see what she says.

And that's the thing. I think the format is supposed to make you sympathize with Madelyn, see why she does what she does. But it really doesn't. If anything, it made me dislike her more. Without being so in her head, I might not have known how aware she was that what she was doing was wrong and how she knew she needed to tell Bennett she's sixteen, but I did. Every time she mentioned either thing it was just like a slap in the face, saying, "The things I want are more important than the welfare of anyone else." She loves Bennett, yet she does so much to hurt him, knowing how it will affect him. That certainly sounds like love to me, right? Smart girls may do stupid things at times, but most have enough sense not to ruin the lives of others.

So while I see some interesting things going on in the book, I just can't get past Madelyn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
(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.
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