The Truth About You & Me

The Truth About You & Me

by Amanda Grace


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738736242
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 09/08/2013
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amanda Grace is an alias for Mandy Hubbard, who is the author of Prada & Prejudice, You Wish, Ripple (all published by Razorbill/Penguin), But I Love Him and In Too Deep (both published by Flux). In Too Deep has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. She is a literary agent for D4EO Literary, where she represents authors of middle grade and teen fiction. Grace is currently living happily ever after with her husband and young daughter in Tacoma, Washington. For more information, visit her online at:

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The Truth About You & Me 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Truth About You & Me by Amanda Grace Publisher: Flux Publication Date: September 8, 2013 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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 Bennet. 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. Bennet 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 Bennet - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.  What I Liked: Uhhhhh... nothing. Don't give me that look! What I Did Not Like: SPOILERS AHEAD! MAJOR SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! DON'T BLAME ME IF YOU READ MORE THAN YOU WANT TO READ! The one word I could think of that embodies this book: bulls***. This book, to me, is a load of bulls***. I hate cursing, and I rarely do it, and Amazon won't let me post my review is I have curse words, so I won't expand the word, but you know what I'm referring to. This book was crap. I seriously cannot believe that people LOVE this book. I respect everyone's opinions, but seriously?! Let it be known: I am a teenager. I am two years older than Madelyn, but I'm a teenager. Supposedly, I can empathize with Madelyn and her thoughts and actions and decisions and whatnot. SUPPOSEDLY. But not all teens think alike. Not all teens are bats*** crazy. Madelyn is bats*** crazy. Probably the dumbest, stupidest, most idiotic teenager I have ever encountered, fiction OR real. Let's start by the fact that Madelyn lies about her age to Bennet. Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid. One thing that my mother always told me as a child is that you can never, ever hide the truth - it always pops up, especially when you don't want it to. Madelyn lets Bennet believe she's eighteen. He's like, twenty-six, so he's not exactly old. But he's her professor. Oh, I should explain that. Madelyn is like, smart, and takes college classes at the age of sixteen, to get ahead. I know all about this. I took a ton of college-level classes in high school. So it's nothing new to me. In that way, I can relate to Madelyn - because we're both really, really smart individuals, who want to go to Ivy League school and major in something difficult (for me, it's environmental engineering). So, Madelyn lies about her age. She lets Benett believe she's eighteen. They agree to wait until the semester is over to be together. They have sex. He finds out right after they have sex, because he finds a high school flyer that fell out of her backpack. She is disgusted. He doesn't get charged, because neither he or she says anything. Do you see what's wrong with that?! It's so wrong, to deceive a grown man and put his life and job in danger like that! Are you so effin stupid/dumb/brainless/selfish, that all you can think about is getting some!? You didn't once think about the man's LIFE?! Again. BULL. S***. And how about this whole thing about how Madelyn feels like a robot, like she isn't alive, unless she's with Bennet? WHAT?! Look, I get it with the robot thing - when you're working so hard to be the perfect student, the perfect daughter, the perfect everything, it feels like you're on autopilot. Like life is on repeat. I get it. I've been there. I'm there ALL THE TIME. Don't forget that I'm a super-smart girl too, and a teen, and basically I let education come before my social life, my family, etc. But that's why you find a HOBBY. You find something that will take your mind off education, grades, work, etc. You do do something disgusting and illegal and so effin dumb like lie bout your age and pursue a sexual relationship with a grown man! How dumb is Madelyn?! Pretty dumb. For such an education-smart girl, she is the stupidest piece of s*** I've encountered. And I'm a TEENAGER. I know some idiots. None of them can top this chick. I found NOTHING romantic about Bennet and Madelyn's relationship. In fact, it seemed like a ton of frustrated lust to me, and then they finally had sex, and then everything blew up in Madelyn's face. I was like, GO BENNET! Leave her in the snow! He didn't. But I totally wish Madelyn could have actually gotten punished somehow, for all her s***. But seriously. Their relationship seemed like a ton of lust, not love. There was no love on either party's part. Madelyn thought she loved Bennet soooo much, because he understood her, and she felt alive with him, and she could talk to him. Whatever. She's a nerd, frustrated by her nonexistent sexual life, who jumped at the chance of having sex with a "real man". I hate that one line in the book that's like "I'm letting you go", or something, at the very end. Girl, whatever. He is NOT yours to let go. You ruined him. He had to leave his position at the university. He moved far, far away. You DESTROYED him. You can't let go of him - you didn't deserve to have any hold on him to begin with. So basically, the nerd girl thinks she's totally in love with a guy who is ten years older than her. She has sex with him - but he thinks she's eighteen, not sixteen. They part ways at the end. What a bulls***, sob story. I'm sorry, but I don't cut anyone slack. Especially not a girl who is very similar to me - what a stupid idiot. "Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things." <- yeah, you're right, Summary. They're not. Madelyn isn't smart at all - she's dumber than a doorknob. Would I Recommend It: No. It's a crap "love story". And the ending isn't even good, in terms of the "love". The whole letters to you thing? Stupid. We're seeing them in the perspective of the idiot girl who wrote them. Everything's so la-dee-dah. It's like she doesn't even THINK she didn't anything WRONG. Rating: 1 star. Bulls***. The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I have to say I give this book 2.5-3 stars. I'm still not so sure what to say about it. Let's start out with the fact that this book was not what I thought it would be. The book felt like I was reading some jr high kids first crush. The main character was very naive and she was claiming to be like an adult. I thought I was suppose to be reading about some girls love story but it felt more like some crazed obsession from a lifetime movie. I felt like this book had real potential to be great but it was missing something and I still haven't figured out what it is
BonjourStephhh More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story! It brought tears to my eyes, My friend had recommended me this book and the ending was different than the rest romance books. I fell in love with the characters that after reading the book, it took me days to get over the ending and how saddening it was. I recommend this book to whoever is looking for a plot twist in the end. 
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 hiking on the following Saturday, they start talking and hit it off. One hiking trip turns into more, and dinner, but Bennett tells her that he won’t kiss her until December 17th, when she’s no longer his student. Bennett and Madelyn keep their relationship private, and wait on December. Can Bennett and Madelyn really be together though? How long will it be until Bennett finds out the truth? And how long can Madelyn keep up the charade of being eighteen? This was an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who starts a relationship with her teacher, but I kinda felt like it was nothing new, it had all been done before, and my attention waned. Madelyn was an okay character, but how dumb do you have to be to know that having a relationship with your teacher is a bad idea, not to mention lying about your age? Even if he hadn’t been her teacher, pretending to be 18 when you are actually 16 is not going to last for very long, eventually he would find out her deception and everything would be over. Madelyn obviously had some issues with the way that her parents pushed her to be fabulous all the time, but I didn’t really see how having a relationship with her teacher really helped her with this. I think Madelyn could have really done with a bit of a reality check in this book, and she really needed to consider that it wasn’t just her own life that she was messing up. Bennett was also in need of some home truths. Even if Madelyn had been 18, she was still his student, even after class had finished, and he really should have known better than to even consider a relationship with her. Just because you haven’t physically been together, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a relationship, and this was obviously a lot more than a normal student-teacher relationship. He confessed to Madelyn about how his previous relationship ended, and told her that he was waiting for the rug to be pulled out from underneath him again, and whilst I thought that it was pretty poor of Madelyn to not tell him what she was hiding at this point, he was also pretty dense to not see how easily the rug could be pulled out from under him by dating his student! I mean, seriously! You are both as bad as one another! The storyline in this book was okay, but again, I felt like there was nothing new. I must have read quite a few books where a student has a relationship with her teacher, I mean, it was a storyline in Dawson’s Creek in 1998 when Pacey slept with his English teacher even (I love Pacey!), but I just didn’t feel that this was anything new at all. Whiney misunderstood 16-year-old lies about her age, and has secret rendezvous’ with her teacher, they get caught, the end. It wasn’t even like the romance was so good that it made up for the lack of other storylines, the whole thing was just mediocre for me. I also think that people might have trouble with the way this story is written. It’s written in the form of a letter to Bennett from Madelyn, and it’s all past-tense, recounting what happened between them, all ‘you said’, ‘you did’, ‘you thought’, with quite a lot of rambling, and a pretty slow pace. I really thought that we would get more than we actually got with this story, which was really disappointing. The ending was also just okay. The storyline played out exactly as expected, although we did then get a little bit at the end which was ‘2 years later’, which let us know what happened after all this came out. If anything this little epilogue was a bit sad really. Overall; an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who has a relationship with her teacher. 6.5 out of 10.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
Forbidden Love with a great emotional ending! I have a problem with forbidden love ... Before reading the last sentence, you already know that it will end badly. Yet, as in a car accident, you can not help but look through the window to see the disaster happen. In this story, The reader know from the beginning that this love between a university professor and his 16 years old student is a recipe for big bad trouble. As we read the letters written by Madelyn to a Bennett,  in custody,  probably questioned by the police. Letters that attempt to explain how she came to lie about her age and fall in love with an older man. Correspondence lacks a bit of power and provides a distance between the reader and the emotions. However, I followed the adventures of the two heroes with pleasure and curiosity. I just wish for a more dynamic narrative. More dialogues, more stolen intimate moments that would have built the bond between Bennett, his student and the reader instead of some time-gap leading to december 17th.  Sure the events of december 17th, charmed me as much as the next day made ¿¿me shudder. But it's not realistic at all.  Obviously, as an adult, I can not help but wonder how Bennett could not questioned her age, her maturity and her innocence... A 10 years gap with a 16 years old teen can not go unnoticed. Even if the person seems mature, there is gap in the discussions, the approach of the future and life that can not be ignored. Moreover we are in a fiction so whatever... But it would have been interesting to know the version of this adventure from the point of view of Bennett ... Because apart from his anger, we do not know his feelings at all. The story could have been sloppy or plain, but the ending is excellent. It's beautiful and heartbreaking. Mature and realistic. The best conclusion even if it is not the one expected. After reading the final scene, I thought it was too bad that this intensity and the strong emotions were not scattered all long the narrative. It would have made a difference. Nice but maybe a little bit cliche, it's a good story about a first love gone wrong. Lucie
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
Once again, Amanda Grace has reduced me to tears. This story was touching in a way that only this author can do. I have read several prior books by her, and she gets me every single time. There is such deep talent to her books that I literally devour them when I read them. As I did with this one. I loved Madelyn, and Bennett both. Madelyn is basically in college at age sixteen. A lot of people who haven't read the book might think it's impossible for a college professor not to know she's not yet eighteen, but if you read the book and meet Madelyn, you begin to see how easy it would have been for Bennett to believe. Madelyn is a very mature sixteen year old, and her interactions with Bennett are adult. It was sad, however, to see how she feels so stifled and smothered by her parents' high hopes for her. She feels that her life is planned out, and with a plan that she isn't sure she wants. Bennett allows her to be herself in a way she's never felt she could before. For Bennett's part, I never felt that he was any sort of predator. This is a young professor who is truly fooled into thinking Madelyn is 18. She doesn't outright lie to him, but she's in college, so assumptions are easy to make, and she does nothing to correct it. I felt so bad for their situation, especially when the truth comes out, as it inevitably must. I had really grown to love these two together, and I couldn't help but wish that they could be together. This was such a touching story, albeit more sad than I expected, but it was beautifully written. I love, love, love the poetry of the narration. Amanda Grace does this so well. You're not only touched by her great story and amazing characters, but you're blown away by the beauty of her writing. A wonderful story by a wonderful author.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Every time I see these stories on t.v., everyone’s reaction is,” What a sick ***!” or ” That guy should be neutered.” You know what I think? I think that the girl should get in just in much trouble as the guy. Why? Well, girls now and days act, dress and look much older than what they really are. They make fake Face Book profiles claiming to be older, luring older guys and BAM. The guys gets arrested. Is that fair? No. I go to mall and I see the way girls act. Wearing short skirts, high heel shoes, and LOTS of make up on. And of course every guy she walks by, turns his head. Yes, even older ones. Do they know that she is only 16 years old? By the way that she is dressing? No, of course not. This story entails what I always thought of. What if the girl knew exactly what she is doing? And the guy is innocent after all? Plot: I really like that a story like this is told. As I said, I always thought about why girls do the things that they do to get older men’s attention. In this story Madelyn is smart. So smart that at 16 years old she is taking college course on campus. You would never suspect that she is only 16. Through the plot, Madelyn tells her tale of what happen and why she didn’t stop it. She explains every action and even took the blame. Relationship: In a different time and different place, and of course once Madelyn is of age, Bennett and Madelyn could have been a great couple. They gave each other ease and peace. Taking joy in laughter and in adventure. Since that is not the case, I feel bad for Bennett. This guy was dupe by a girl who lied OVER and OVER again. She had plenty of chances (she even says so herself) to stop it. To say,”I’m 16 years old.” Did she? No. She continued down this road of destruction knowing fully well that it was wrong. Ending: She took the blame. I’m glad that she owned up to her actions. Even though she is only 16 years old, she knew better. Although, on the other hand I don’t think at 16 she fully understands her actions. So I can see where her logic is slipping. Still, she ruined everything for Bennett. His life, his career, his everything. Everything ruin. Overall, this is a very good book portraying a different point of view that most don’t see. It captures the essence that 16 year old knows right from wrong, yet acting on actions that they don’t fully understand. The Truth About You & Me is gripping and original. Irresistible and dramatized for a perfect read, The Truth About You & Me is solid.
BethanyL More than 1 year ago
The Truth About You and Me is not a fun book to read. I mean that as a compliment. The story of this basically boils down to what would happen to Aria and Ezra (in the TV show version of PLL) in The Real World. Which is to say that it very quickly wouldn’t work out. Told from the perspective of Maddie, a super smart sixteen-year-old who takes the majority of her classes at the local community college, The Truth About You and Me is a letter from her to Bennet, the professor she lies to and then starts a relationship with. The letter is her attempt to explain, to put him at ease, to apologize. Through the plaintive letter, the reader can easily see how she that despite how intelligent she is, emotionally she is naive, and often manipulative. She knows she’s falling in love and she wants to relish the feeling—it’s warm and exciting and terrifyingly exhilarating. While she knows that the feeling isn’t something to be ashamed of, she also knows that the situation is completely wrong and that if they’re found out Bennet’s life will be ruined. But, because she’s sixteen and in love for the first time, she wants to be selfish. Though you know from the beginning of the book how it will end, Amanda Grace does a great job of pacing the story and also being fair in her depiction of Maddie. My favorite thing about this book is that Grace shows you how very immature Maddie is despite her genius-level intelligence and thoroughly enunciates the difference between thinking and actually being mature. Overall, The Truth About You and Me is a story of living and learning, feeling fiercely and letting it all go, and an example of what it means to emotionally mature.