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.
This book is a whirlwind of a novel. Amanda Grace (the pseudonym of Mandy Hubbard) consistently writes beautiful novels that are shockingly honest. The Truth About You and Me captured me from the very beginning. Grace’s writing is beautiful and lyrical. I always look forward to reading her novels, because they never cease to amaze me.
Madelyn isn’t the easiest character to empathize with, but she is still a well written character. Her emotions come across beautifully in this narrative, and I honestly wanted the best for her. I hate to admit it (because of what this book deals with), but I really liked Bennet. Part of Amanda Grace’s writing style is making you see both sides of the story. Yes, student/teacher relationships are bad, and everyone knows this- however, in The Truth About You and Me, Grace brings to light the fact that things aren’t always how people perceive them. Despite Madelyn and Bennet’s relationship being illegal and socially unacceptable, reader’s are still able to see how much Madelyn cares for Bennet. This is probably my favorite part about this novel, along with all of Amanda Grace’s other novels. They make it easy to see that there are multiple sides to every story.
The Truth About You and Me gave me so many emotions. I was laughing, swooning, and crying with the turn of a page. Amanda Grace/Mandy Hubbard is a wonderfully talented writer. I can’t wait to read her next book, because it’s sure to be fantastic.
FTC- Received via Netgalley.