Book Review: The Truth About You & Me by Amanda Grace

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The forbidden romance between a teacher and a student gets a new twist in The Truth About You & Me by Amanda Grace — in a story that proves teens who are smart for their age are still teens.

truth about you and meSmart 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.

Amanda Grace thoughtfully plots a course through a doomed romance — showing the relationship’s progress from beginning to end with brutal honesty. How does such a thing happen? Here’s  good example …

At times, The Truth About You & Me reads a bit like a cautionary after-school special — but what makes this book work is that Grace’s approach is not preachy. She’s not trying to force a message on her readers, but rather to illustrate an unfortunate scenario.

And while the narrator is a young girl in love, it’s also clear that she is inexorably young, despite being incredibly smart for her age. The Truth About You & Me just goes to show that being smart is not the same thing as being mature.

The Truth About You & Me is a fast-paced, engaging look at an ill-fated relationship. It is in stores now.

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