Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth About You and Me
The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

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.


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Publishes in US: September 8th 2013 by Flux
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Flux via netgalley
Series? No

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    This is quite the story, and despite the fact I read one similar in theme and being with their teacher not to long ago (Where you Are by Trumble) I still thoroughly enjoyed. I think that Amanda Grace did a good job of painting the picture of how it started, and trying to show that Bennett aka Mr. Cartright didn't know she was only because she lied. It treaded some really thin lines, but I totally felt how she fell in love and can only imagine what it would be like to be a college professor and being attracted to your student.
    And I think that Bennett was honorable about it so long and showed so much but then again not enough restraint while he was still her teacher. 
    I liked Madelyn despite the lies, and I believe that she wanted to do the right thing, but was drawn in by the forbidden romance and the strength of her attraction for and connection with Bennett. But I also thought that he reacted when he did find out, but I also can see where he was coming from because it was a huge shock. But then again 16, 17 and 18 really isn't that big of a difference if all are age of consent. So I understand but also since it is from Madelyn's point of view totally am hurt and outraged by his ultimate negative reaction. 
    But Madelyn in some ways is more mature because she is smart and can handle college classes, but immature in the lies, and not standing up for herself for so long. She let her parents plans dictate her and guide her life even when she wasn't sure what she wanted for herself. But I suppose that she was mature in that she still studied and followed the path because of her reasoning, since she didn't know what she actually wanted, why make the fuss and not do the work until she figures it out. 
    One thing I didn't like though was the point of view. I get that it is a letter and a medium for telling stories, but the use of "you" making it feel like I was Mr. Cartwright is what kept this from being four or even possibly five stars. It pulled me out of things because it annoyed me, and that is totally personal preference on me, nothing on the writing.
    The ending was bittersweet but fitting and even though it felt a bit rushed to me, it was perfect for this story, and another big reason it differed from Where you Are. 

Bottom Line: Tough subject of teacher and student relationship with a twist.

Books similar to :(links go to my review) Where you Are by Trumble,

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Did you ever have a crush on teacher?
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39 comments:

  1. I've never read a book about a student/teacher relationship before and I just don't think I can bring myself to. I just find it so creepy haha.

    Great review though :) I'm glad the author managed to handle the subject well.

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books

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    1. I am trying to think if I have before this one and the trumble book

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  2. I think this is going to be good, and I do hope to start it soon. Great review. I'm glad you liked it.

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    1. It was pretty good, though I liked the ending of Where you are better

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  3. I'm very wary of student/teacher relationship books, but only if the student is in high school. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Brandi. Nice review.

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    1. Yes, this was interesting twist with high schooler in college classes

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  4. Great review. Not only is love blind, it can also make fools of the most intelligent.

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  5. I do like letter and journal entries, but I don't think they always work to tell the story. I think they are best when mixed in. I have this coming up for review and I am most curious about it.

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    1. I usu avoid that format and it was mostly ok

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  6. Great review Brandi. I avoided this one because I wasn't sure if I would like the relationship. It sounds really good though, and it seems the author did a good job handling the story realistically. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I don't know how I would feel about this because I'm not a fan of romance with such a large age gap. Especially since she is still in high school. I love the cover though...
    Nice review =)

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    1. Yes, isn't it gorgeous. Age gaps can be problematic

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  8. The you would have thrown me too, I do like journals and letters. We are seeing a lot of this teacher/student theme lately. Fantastic review Brandi!

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  9. Oooh, now this sounds fun!

    And oh yes. I crushed on my grammar teacher (in university). I crushed so hard on him!

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  10. It sucks that the POV pulled you out of the story, but this does sound pretty good overall. I had a crush on my lit professor in college. But he was majorly off limits not only because I was his student, but because he doesn't even like women! :-)

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    1. LOL, well that will def be a show stopper

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  11. I think I gave this the same rating. I thought that Mr Cartwright as a bit dumb though - surely he should know that being with a student is wrong?

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    1. Yeah, but he did have decent restraint until she wasn't a student

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  12. I'm glad you liked this one. I've read some student/teacher books lately that have come across as awkward and very uncomfortable. I have this on my Kindle and I'm definitely looking forward to it now.

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  13. It's nice to know that you still liked the characters even when you found the POV a little annoying. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I have had crushes on teachers, but never where I wanted to actually date them. I guess I just wanted someone my age I liked as much. :)

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  15. I'm a bit hesitant to read student/teacher books. I think I got my fair share in Pretty Little Liars, haha :p But I've heard great things and I'm glad it worked for you. Great Review :D

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

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  16. Great review, i'm looking forward to reading this myself. I don't know why but i just love subjects about forbidden romances (ones of legal age of course) and student / teacher ones seem great to read.

    I never had a crush on a teacher, all of my teachers were well into their 50/60's there was hardly any fresh blood ;P.


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  17. I'm not sure if I would enjoy this one. I think professors have a responsibility to remain professional so I can see myself getting majorly annoyed and a bit angry.

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  18. An Omniscient Points of View book, huh. Interesting. I've only read a couple, Kelli Maine's, and it can be confusing so I get why you were distracted a bit.

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  19. I became aware of this book only yesterday, and it has become a must-read. Great review, I'm glad you liked it.

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  20. Forbidden romances make for such great stories! Great review!

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  21. it sounds nice, the cover is really cute

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  22. I have this for review and after reading all the negative feedback, I wasn't interested in giving this book a try, but I loved how you described Madelyn and reasoned her actions. I might pick it up now, just to see how everything was handled. Great review, Brandi :)

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  23. I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I love the cover. <3

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  24. I do occasionally like forbidden love type stories. And I never really had a crush on any teachers. There was one that was pretty good looking but it definitely wasn't a crush. :)

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  25. I totally had some crushed on professors in college but they never behaved anything less than professionally and it only motivated me to do better!

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