The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace ( tweet )
Amanda Grace is also writes as Mandy Hubbard.
Publication Date: September 8, 2013
Publisher: Flux Books
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: student/teacher romance, family pressure, sibling rivalry
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)
Summary: When Madelyn is given the opportunity to take college level courses at 16, she never thought she would fall in love with her professor. Bennett is 26 years old, and totally aware that he should not be dating his student. What he doesn’t know that Madelyn is actually still in high school. Through her letters to Bennett, we watch as they grow closer in friendship and wonder just how it will all end.
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 (who happens to be a professor) who knows just how much engaging in a relationship with his student could jeopardize his career and his entire life. So he trusts in who Madelyn is, and they decide to wait until the semester is over to do anything about their feelings for each other. Only Madelyn is the one who doesn’t unveil all the facts. She’s only 16; she’s still in high school.
And Bennett has absolutely no idea.
The Truth About You and Me is a really fast-paced read (I got through it in a few hours) but it really made me think about the level of maturity we need to have to be a part of certain relationships, how easy it is to hide who we really are, remaining in control (or so you think), and just what happens when the truth comes out. This is not a story about an older man preying on a younger woman, a child. I believe that Bennett and Madelyn had the makings of a solid relationship but there are so many “ifs” involved… and originating from her own dishonesty? So interesting.
I was incredibly wrapped up in this romance and its complications, and so impressed with how carefully they treated their situation until their deadline. But Grace also sheds some light on the pressure parents place on us to be perfect, and what happens when that product of perfection runs free. Being book smart does not necessary mean being street smart, and what Madelyn made up for in brains, she certainly lacked in maturity.
I definitely suggest giving The Truth about You and Me a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised at your reaction. Two other books that popped in my head when reading this were Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally and Where You Are by J.H. Trumble. Sometimes people’s actions are not so clear cut and all three of these books are examples of that.