Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: The Truth About You And Me is told in letters written by Madelyn to Bennet, her college professor. From the very beginning of the book you know their story does not end well, yet Madelyn’s letters are engaging and keep you reading. The fact that you know the ending doesn’t make the journey less interesting.
This book is a love story but it’s a love story based on a lie. At the beginning of the book Madelyn’s reason for keeping her age from Bennet (as well as her classmates) makes sense. She doesn’t want to stick out and being treated like an 18 year old is giving her confidence. The fact that she continues this lie is where I really struggled to keep my sympathy for her. The longer it continued the less I liked Madelyn.
Bennet is the innocent party in this; Madelyn makes that very clear from the beginning and remains adamant on that. There are a few things though that made me wonder why he never bothered to check her records.
The Truth About You And Me deals with a complex subject. I think Madelyn grows much from her first letter and the ending is right.