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Review : The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

Posted by on September 3, 2013 12:36 pm in 2.5 stars reads | 4 comments

the truth about you and meThe Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
Pages : 229
Genre :  YA, Contemporary fiction
Stand Alone
My Rating : 2,5/5

From the back of the book  :

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 Bennett. 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. Bennett 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 Bennett – both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.

My Thoughts :

The Truth About You and Me was a weird reading experience, to be perfectly honest. I read it on the train in France in almost one sitting, not because I was bored or out of choices (that’s the plus with ereaders; you can always have a complete library wherever you go!), but because I was completely hooked on the story. And yet, while I enjoyed the reading, there were many aspects of the book that left me disappointed and annoyed.

Most of all, the foreshadowing in the book was a bit too much. It’s true that the book’s format sorts of plays into that; since Madelyn is telling her story after it happened, to the guy who ended up being the “victim” of it all, it makes sense that she would hint at the ending and express how sorry she is. However, from a reader’s point of view, it made the experience a little heavy and much more predictable. In a book that is more character-driven and where little happens, I felt that the hinting at “what would happen” was a little heavy.

It didn’t help that I had a hard time warming up to Madelyn. She made a lot of wrong decisions for a smart kid, which I guess reinforces the point that : she is just a kid, and this relationship certainly wasn’t meant to be.

I feel like their love story wasn’t one – not on her part, anyway. I’m sure she thought she was in love, and there certainly was an attraction between them, but in the end I felt like their relationship wasn’t about love. There is so much focus on how much pressure she is under from her parents, that it is really, really hard to believe her falling for an older guy isn’t about rebelling against them. Maybe not on a conscious level, but certainly it played a huge part into it. I’m not sure how intentional that was from the author though, because Madelyn never really admits to this, even when looking back on it. Maybe if we heard from her 5, 10 years later, her point of view would have changed? I don’t know, really, but it certainly raised some interesting questions.

I will say, the author did a good job on creating a hook that would keep me reading. I did want to know how everything would end, especially for Bennett. I also thought it was interesting to have the story be about blurred lines, whether it is about age or about Bennett being in a position of authority. Everything wasn’t so simple, and Madelyn lying about her age definitely changed the game. I’m guessing many readers would have very different opinions on the situation, making it a really good book for discusison.

In the end, The Truth About You and Me was a bit better than I had expected. While the characters and some of the writing had me rolling my eyes, the story kept me reading and I liked how it concluded. And while the format (letters written from one character to the other, after the facts) isn’t unique, it’s a nice enough change from the usual types of narration we get in contemporary YA.

The Truth About You and Me will be available for sale on September 8! Thanks to Flux for generously providing a copy of the book for this review!

Filling the Shelf – 115

Posted by on September 2, 2013 1:55 am in Book talk | 11 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the two hosts!

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s September already, which means fall is just around the corner! It’s my favorite season, and I’ll be happy to leave the very hot summer days behind (I know, I know; that’s not the most popular point of view, but I know there are at least a few others who share my preferences!)

Some new books in my mailbox this week; exciting as always, since I have read some quite fabulous reviews of The Universe Versus Alex Woods, and The Humans looks quite original!


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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence / The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Humans by Matt Haig / Kiss me First by Lottie Moggach

What did you add to your shelves recently?

RIP VIII challenge – I’m in!

Posted by on August 31, 2013 1:56 pm in Book talk | 5 comments

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Fall is my favorite season; I love how the weather changes, unpredictable, how the colors turn to reds and oranges and browns, how the ground crackles under our feet, how the air gets fresh and chilly. The days get shorter and it feels like the perfect time of the year to read all these mysterious, gothic, creepy novels we have accumulated on our shelves in the year.

And so I am so excited that The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge is back! I was more than sad to miss it last year, busy that I was with our move, but this time I am one hundred percent ready to get on it!

For the occasion, a multitude of books fitting one of these categories can be read :

Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I’m pretty sure at least half of what’s on my shelves could fit into these categories, however I have selected a few books that I would love to read from now until the end of R.I.P. VIII on October 31st. My plan is to do Peril the First, which is to read 4 books of these categories.

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Are you joining the R.I.P. challenge too? What do you plan on reading?

Waiting on Wednesday – 26

Posted by on August 28, 2013 9:20 am in Book talk | 6 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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I just finished reading Just One Day this morning and I need the next book like right now! Unfortunately, I have to arm myself with patience until October!

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Just One Year by Gayle Forman (October 10, 2013)

The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.

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What are you waiting on this week?