Title - The Truth about You and Me
Author - Amanda Grace
Pages - 264
Expected Pub date - Sep 2013
Publisher - Flux books
Source - Netgalley
This was a spur of the moment request on netgalley and I am so glad I clicked that button.
The Truth about You and Me is a relatively short book but it's sure worth a read. Its the story of Madelyn and Bennet told from Madelyn's point of view. It's written in the form of a letter directed to Bennet after the story takes place.
Madelyn is 16 but so super smart that she has started college early. Bennet is her biology professor. Things soon turn when they start to spend time with each other out of college hours. Madelyn is besotted with Bennet and we soon find out that he feels the same way. He says they won't even Kiss until the end of the year and he is no longer her teacher. Though he is unaware of her age, believing she is 18/19 years old.
This is a really refreshing story. We always hear these unfortunate stories on the news where a young girl has been 'taken advantage of' and seduced by a teacher. I like many others think what horrible man can do this. This book really delves into the situation and tells us what it can really be like, that the young girl isn't always necessarily the victim but the one that can pursue the teacher. Of course an adult should know better and do the right thing but here we have the story of a 25 year old professor falling for what he thinks is an 18 year old young woman.
We know from the beginning that the relationship doesn't end well, Madelyn is writing the letter to Bennet because they are no longer in contact and she makes it perfectly clear that she wishes it hadn't happened for his sake.
It's a difficult one to describe without giving away anything that happens without giving away the details of what happens.
If you like a good controversial story one that really makes you question your opinions then this is for you. Then get your friends to read it so you can have a good old natter about what you all think.