Title: The Truth About You and Me
Author: Amanda Grace
Genre/Audience: Young adult
Publication: Flux, September 8, 2013
Madelyn is a 16 year old high school student who is in a program that allows her to take college classes. She falls for her professor, Bennett, who is in his late 20s, and doesn’t tell him her real age, even as their relationship grows deeper. Bennett, believing she is an actual college student and is of age, is unaware of how wrong their romance truly is. This book is written in the form of letters from Madelyn to Bennett after he discovers the truth. Through the letters, we see the whole story from start to finish, including the consequences of their love.
This was a great forbidden romance YA novel. I have always been fascinated by forbidden romances and jumped at the chance to read this one – I was not disappointed! While it seems creepy initially, I really grew to like Bennett, probably moreso than Madelyn, who was frustrating with her constant lying. Despite that, we really got to glimpse into her head and see the rollercoaster of emotions she was on that caused her to continually lie and I felt for her, I really did. The strong emotions (of both intense pain and happiness) were what really made this book stand out for me. Not only was this the story of a first love (for her, at least), it was a forbidden love too, both of which made the story incredibly intriguing and heartbreaking.
I’d highly recommend this to fans of contemporary YA, especially if you enjoy forbidden romances, like I do.
My Rating: 4/5