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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.
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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