Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: September 8, 2013 by Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Length: 229 pages
Source: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. (ARC)
“Smart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things.
On her first day at Green River Community College, Madelyn Hawkins meets Bennett Cartwright, her biology professor. He’s funny. He’s interested. And he has no idea that Madelyn is only sixteen.
When they’re together, Madelyn feels more alive than she’s ever felt before. And she knows Bennett feels the same way. She also knows that if she tells him her real age, their relationship will be over.
So Madelyn makes a simple decision. She won’t tell him.”
I love this book so much! It was very interesting and different from all the other young adult contemporaries. This book is such a page turner which is why I read it all in one day. The Truth About You and Me is about Madelyn, a 16 year old, falling in love with her college professor, Bennett (Mr. Cartwright). It is told from Madelyn’s point of view in 1st person. The story is very realistic; I don’t know anyone in real life who has a relationship with their teacher, but I do know that there is someone out there who is a student and is having a relationship with his/her professor.
Madelyn is such a realistic and relatable character. She’s strong for always striving to be the “perfect daughter” for her parents, yet she’ weak because she doesn’t have the nerve to tell her parents that what they are doing is wrong. Her parents always push her in everything especially in school. Since she was a baby, her life was already planned out by her parents. I really like Bennett’s character too. For sure there is a person out there in the world who is in Bennett’s situation. How Madelyn and Bennett act and feel are just realistic and I cannot emphasize that enough. I also like their romance; it wasn’t insta-love. Honestly, I found it interesting because it was a student-teacher relationship. I was curious to see where their relationship would go, and that’s what made me keep on reading.
Overall The Truth About You and Me is an awesome and fresh read. If you’re in a reading slump and want to hop on back to your reading habits, I highly recommend you reading this. I’m almost positive that you’ll get out from your reading slump in no time. There are also life lessons in the story, especially the ending.