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The Truth About You and Me

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  839 ratings  ·  267 reviews
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,

Paperback, 229 pages
Published September 8th 2013 by Flux (first published September 1st 2013)
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Aug 15, 2013 Brenna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like to punish themselves.
"Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things” like….read this book!

Seriously, I don’t even know how to explain how much I did not like this book. What was that? I am genuinely confused. There was no story, no character development, nothing authentic, just no....

This book is about Maddie (I think? *goes back to check name*) and how she falls for her teacher, Bennett - all the while she is deceiving him. She is in a high school program where she goes to college and receives credit toward bo

This was an alright read. I liked it better than I expected based on the early reviews - though maybe my lowered expectations helped. It's your typical student-slash-professor storyline where you know their relationship is doomed from the start, but like a car accident, you can't look away.

This book is written in second person letter form, it reads as if you were the recipient - the actual recipient being the love interest and professor, to which the protagonist explains her point of view of why

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Written in a form of letters, The Truth About You and Me is heartbreaking confession of sixteen year old girl to her lover. Just like Werther from Goethe's famous eighteenth century novel, Madelyn Hawkins is telling us about everything that happened and reasons for her sorrow.

For starters, if you are expecting angst filled, "oh, Romeo, why are you Romeo" story with lot of steamy scenes - you've picked the wrong book. Amanda Gr
Initial thoughts:

This book was bullshit.

Actual Review Now That I've Composed Myself:

The Truth About You & Me could have been great. It could have been a moving cautionary tale about what happens if you don't check yourself, and how one lie can snowball into an unbearable monster.

Sadly, it failed.

Madelyn is supposed to be this genius girl, when in fact she seems despairingly average and....boring. She has no real voice of her own, feeling suffocated by her parents, their ever-increasing exp
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Thank you Flux for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

This book is exhausting. Not because I had fallen asleep halfway through it. Not because I was huffing and puffing, desperate for breath like I had just run 10 kilometres. But because I. Am. Absolutely. Sick. Of. Stereotypes. It's not Amanda Grace's fault, looking at the larger picture here. However, the cliché personalities, situations and relationships tire me
I have really conflicted feelings after finishing this book, on the one hand I truly admire Grace’s courage to tackle such a difficult subject. And even though I knew what it was about, I was in no way put off by it I wanted to know how things ended between our two main characters.

Despite being invested in the story, my biggest complaint was our MC Madelyn. We were told the story about her slowly developing relationship with her college professor Bennett through a letter. I wanted to know every
"The Truth About You and Me" is the second book I've read from Amanda Grace, and I actually didn't think it was a bad story for the thematics it touched upon, between a story where a 16-year old girl falls for her community college professor and struggles within her own coming of age. But if you want to know the truth about what factored into my low rating of this particular novel - it really wasn't the themes it touched upon as much as it was the actual writing of this story.

The writing style r
Jac (For Love and Books)
**Warning** I do give a small spoilerish moment in this review. I believe it’s inevitable, and from the synopsis you will know what’s coming. But, I feel like I need to give this warning also!**
The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

I was hunting Netgalley one day, looking for something different than my current reads when I stumbled upon The Truth About You and Me. I didn’t read the synopsis, to be honest? I rarely do. I feel like that spoils something. But that cover, it was so haunting tha
Wow when I picked this up I didn't expect to feel as connected to the story as I ended up feeling. I knew the subject manner before hand, but after reading Madelyn's recount of what happened between her and Bennett my heart really just broke in two.

The story is very simple, 16 year old falls for her 26 year old professor. What makes this story unique is Bennett, the professor. See Madelyn is in an advanced program at her high school so he really doesn't know how old she is, he just assumes she i
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
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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,

Nunca me han gustado especialmente las típicas historias en las que la alumna se enamora del profesor, con un trágico romance que superaba cualquier obstáculo. No obstante, vi el libro en Netgalley, vi que era cortito, con un inglés muy sencillo y unas críticas maravillosas en Goodreads... Y me lancé a la aventura. Y salí más que bien parada (de hecho espero poder comprarlo en físico en setiembre *-*). Me encontré con una pluma que me enamoró, tanto por su
Zemira Warner
Before I start discussing The Truth About You and Me I need to point out something. I wasn't familiar with the fact Amanda Grace is a pen name for Mandy Hubbard! :O I didn't see this one coming till I read about the author in the end of the book. I understand why she would have a pen name. Amanda's books are darker, realistic YA novels than Mandy's usual bubbly and fun stories. Either way, I will check out Amanda's other books soon.

Madelyn is one of those super smart people who get the chance t

If Madelyn Hawkins were a superhero her power would probably be blowing up peoples brains with her genius, however in this story shes just a normal 16 year old girl with very gifted skills that land her in college early. Aiming to please her overachieving parents, Madelyn stays out of trouble, excels and flourishes in the face of a challenge. Of course its always these quiet geniuses who fall on their face with a colossal mistake of the heart.

When Mady (note: not sure if she went by Mady/Ma
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This is the story of a young girl so desperately trying to break the mold of her perfect life that her parents have designed for her that she ultimately ruins another's life in order to feel different. Bennett makes her feel like an adult, like she has control of her life, and so she doesn't tell him she's 16, even though she knows she should, that their relationship is illegal, and that it could all come crashing down around her. But she's selfish; n
I wasn't expecting too much from this, just a fun diversion, so it's almost surprising how disappointing it was.

From the very start, I found myself turned off by the voice. The book is basically one long letter (or two, maybe?), which was a little weird but fine. However, the narrative often didn't seem to really fit as a letter. She would describe aspects of herself, like how she flipped her long, dishwater blonde hair - who describes their own hair color in a letter? I get that she's recountin
(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 h
Soma "Insomnia Of Books"
Amanda Grace is an author I am always on the look-out for. Her dark contemporaries are always a guilty pleasure, and her unpredictable endings keep me on edge all the time. So, when I had the chance to read an ARC of this one, I jumped at it. It was worth it, though.
Madelyn is a 16-year-old prodigy. She is smart, so smart that she has enrolled in college at the age of 16. her life is all planned-out, until she meets the biology teacher, Mr. Bennett Cartwright. He is initruing, sexy, and intere
Valerie Cole
Incoherent review: It's 1AM. I just finished reading THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND ME. I'm crying. Total book love. One of my favorites so far this year. Sane review to follow once I have slept and been consoled.

Coherent morning-after review: I think when we talk about romance in books we get lost in the cliches. Sure, there's sweaty palms and awkward kisses. There's funny, flirty banter and obstacles in the way (friends, parents, feelings), but rarely do authors focus on how that romance shakes the c

A different approach to a story.

There are many bad reviews for this story that I saw. The way the story is told,and how it is a slow read, may have turned people off. Try the sample and judge that.

It is a slow story,it never goes up with excitement. Nor does it have any hot & heavy scenes. This story is the type that builds the angst as you continue reading ( kind of like watching a train wreck before your eyes. You know it is going to crash but you can't look away.)

It is a one sided stor
"There comes a time when you decide to be yourself. It's not easy for anyone to break away from what they're used to," you said. "but that's where you find yourself." ~ Bennett

Wow, an amazing introspective look at a 16 year old girl who...very accidentally started a relationship with a college professor.

It's told in letter style, from Madelyn to Bennett. And it's told, right from the start, in a way that you know they were caught. Normally, these kinds of books make me cringe and I have to work
Caroline Yamashita
Querido Bennet,

Confesso que quando vi sua história, me apaixonei e li no modo mais ofensivo possível. Rápido, os olhos passando pelas letras e minha cabeça tentando desesperadamente absorver as palavras de Madelyn.

Não me leve a mal, eu não queria que essa história acabasse rápido, pelo ao contrário, mas não sei se você sabe que o meu tipo ideal são os professores.

Sim, os professores como você, empenhado e apaixonado no que faz. Um professor que não tem muitas experiências, mas que vivência tudo.
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was ok. It wasn't the best teacher-student relationship book out there but it wasn't terrible. It reminded a lot of a book I read before and really liked, Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick, because of the content and the style of writing (letter format)

So the basic plot is that Madelyn is a sixteen year old girl who is enrolled in college classes though a program in her high school. She takes all college classes which also count for her high school requirements in a community college a
I really did enjoy this book so I am going to give it 3.5 stars!

Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things.

This is the tag line that is supposed to sum up this book, but let me tell you, Madelyn may be incredibly book smart but she is socially retarded! But seriously, what can you expect from a girl who has been pushed so hard all her life to over achieve academically that she is in college at 16!??!

From the moment I started this book I knew exactly where we were headed and I knew it was g
The Truth About You and Me was a weird reading experience, to be perfectly honest. I read it on the train in France in almost one sitting, not because I was bored or out of choices (that's the plus with ereaders; you can always have a complete library wherever you go!), but because I was completely hooked on the story. And yet, while I enjoyed the reading, there were many aspects of the book that left me disappointed and annoyed.

Most of all, the foreshadowing in the book was a bit too much. It's
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
I just wanted someone to talk to me like you did. Someone who didn't see me as the same old bookworm, too studious, the wet-blanket sort of girl, but instead could build a whole new picture of me based on what I told him.

Madelyn Hawkins is so smart that at the age of sixteen she is attending college under a special program. On the first day she encounters Bennett and can't deny how incredibly attractive he is. They bump into each other outside of class and find that there is a real connectio
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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
The entire book is written as a letter from Madelyn to Bennet. So right off the bat you know they had a relationship and eventually he found out her age and it ended badly. I loved the writing style. It reminded me of Stolen by Lucy Christopher which is also written as a letter. As I read it I kind of felt like I was writing it so I felt a good connection to Madelyn.

Madelyn is writing to Bennet because she feels guilty. The letter felt like she needed to explain her feelings and why she lied abo

The Truth About You & Me was really cute, but also sad. Madalyn, a 16 yr old girl going to college early, falls for her professor who is 10 yrs older than her. The book was really different, but in a good way, and I really liked it. Madalyn's view is told through a couple of letters she wrote to Bennett, her biology professor.

In his defense, he did think she was 18, fresh out of high school. There wasn't any real romance type stuff until the very end, but jus
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This is one of those stories that you know that nothing good could possibly happen. You know there are only two ways this story could go. Yet; as I was reading, I was biting my nails, nervous beyond words for what would happen. This book is beautiful. It’s real. And it made me THINK.

Madelyn is a 16-year-old college student. This is where she meets Bennett. Handsome, mature and sweet but also her Professor. As the two grow close, Madelyn continues
Initial Thoughts

Sad, sad book. But very authentic. Review soon.


I am a sucker for a teacher/ student romance, so that was the main reason I wanted to read The Truth About You & Me. I think two things stand out the most to me after reading this book. 1) it's written in 2nd person POV. This is an unusual tense--I can count on one hand how many books I have read with this type narration--but I LOVED it in this case. Madelyn is addressing Bennett--telling him her side of the story--her moti
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Amanda Grace is a pen name for Young Adult author Mandy Hubbard (PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH). She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.
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