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The Truth About You and Me

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,256 Ratings  ·  319 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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Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc

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
enqi ✨ (high lady of the night court)
I’d never been more happy to be early, to get this serendipitous moment when our bodies collided. That’s how it was with us. One day we were two separate people and the next we collided, and neither of us stood a chance.

you know this book won’t end well from the very first page. it is there in every word, every punctuation mark: whatever relationship there was, it ended ugly. well, i am a sucker for heartbreak, especially when it comes to stories, so i was even more motivated to continue rea
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
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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
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Review from Way Too Hot Books is a part of new feature Autumn Taboo

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
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
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
DNF @ 30%

When I first saw this on Netgalley, I was really interested. I have read a teacher-student romance before that I really loved, and I was hoping that this would be good also. Sadly, I was deeply disappointed.

I usually try to read at least 50% of the book if I really can't take it anymore, but it was just so hard to get into this one. This style of writing - told in second person and in one big chunk of a letter - is the same with My Best Everything, which I didn't like the writing of. I
Sherna (bookwormswiftie)
Holey crup.
How did this happen to me? Okay sorry this is not really a review because I'm still bleary-eyed (even though I'm in school) because I slept at 2 am just to finish this book and what what what happened??

Okay honestly, I wasn't really feeling it in, like, three quarters of the book because I think the "feelings" that Madelyn developed for Bennett were indeed because he's in the "forbidden" category. She said over and over again that she's tired of being the perfect girl her parents expe
Jac (For Love and Books)
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
**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
"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
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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,
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sin palabras. Estoy acostumbrada a leer este tipo de libros, pero este fue casi el peor de todos.

Las dos estrellas es porque me gusto que ellos .. me pareció bien el final

wow .. no me acordaba que habia leído este libro en 2015!
En mi cabeza tenia de puntuación 2 estrellas, al igual que ese año! unbelievable!
esta vez tardé solo UNA HORA en leerlo.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it liked it
(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
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

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
Tracey (Life and Literature)
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
A Book Vacation
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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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
3.5 stars. Review to come.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

I know a lot of people who are going to be turned off by The Truth about You and Me because of the assumed teacher/student affair plotline. Chances are if you look at the crime section of any news website, you are going to see similar looking stories. I obviously don’t condone these relationships, but they do happen and Amanda Grace has taken this story and really spun it on its heels.

Here we have a responsible adult (wh
Henri Neto
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Depois de uma longa semana, finalmente terminei uma das milhares de leituras que comecei. Pelo lado positivo, "A Verdade Sobre Nós" havia sido o meu escolhido para começar o "Desafio Bienal" da Nath Souza, então - mesmo tendo sentimentos bastante conflitantes com relação a história - isto me deixou empolgado.

Por falar em sentimentos, a leitura do livro de Amanda Grace me deixou justamente no limiar entre o "amei" e o "odiei"... Confesso que não tinha expectativas muito grandes em relação ao vo
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
Soma Rostam "IOB"
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
Jacqueline Glz
Fue una misión suicida acabar este libro. Y creo que no terminaría de señalar las cosas que están mal con la protagonista. Me asusta muchísimo que básicamente se fijaba hasta en el color de los zapatos, y que eso le parecía algo romántico y seductor. Like WHAT THE FUCK. Todo el libro se la pasa pidiendo perdón por haberle mentido (que para ella era más bien haber omitido que ella era DIEZ AÑOS menor, como que ay ups se me olvidó decirte) cuando es algo super estúpido. Tuvo muchísimas oportunidad ...more
Valerie Cole
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-cried
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tal vez no se merezca cuatro estrellas. Tal vez la historia haya sido demasiado cliché. Tal vez la protagonista es una estúpida. Tal vez es demasiado tonto.
Pero, sin embargo, la autora tuvo una cosa al escribir esas cartas, al escribir el libro, que hace que se merezca las cuatro estrellas.
(¡Y me la banco! jajaja)
Monserrat Maxfield Markov
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
No me gusto mucho el libro y principalmente por la protagonista, fue muy egoísta e inmadura.
Pero eso no quiere decir que yo quisiera ese final...


En fin... Fue un buen cierre.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
After I was finished with The Truth About Me and You, I scanned through quite a few of the reviews and I noticed that a lot people didn’t like it which was strange for me because well, I liked it. It worked for me.

I particularly enjoyed this book because the whole thing is written as a letter to someone. Almost completely in second person. It was interesting to read the story through Madelyn’s POV and know just how she felt and why she did what she did. I was intrigued from the get go and could
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