Sunday, June 09, 2013
REVIEW: The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
It was an interesting story, this one. Right from the start, we know that by the very nature of Madelyn's letters that theirs is a relationship that was found out. Even so, Madelyn walks us through every glance and every smile that leads up to this untold but presumed shocking ending. I could see the genuine attraction and sweet build-up of this forbidden relationship and at times I wanted to root for Bennet and Madelyn as a couple because of how cute they are together, but I couldn't. In the end, the idea of Madelyn witholding her age from Bennet for so long was a little bit too selfish for me and because of it I couldn't fully sympathise with her reasonings.
At times, I felt pretty bad for Madelyn. I could understand how her family's expectations have put pressure on her and how those expectations feel incredibly restrictive. I could see through Madelyn's explanations part of the reason why she makes this decision to carry on with Bennet romantically. It's a form of rebellion to everything her parents expect from her. And Bennet, of course, plays his part in wrongdoing. Still, he does try to limit the damage but not beginning anything before the term finishes, not knowing that Madelyn has always been years younger than he though.
The Truth About You and Me was a very quick read for me. I flew through the pages wanting to know how badly everything would turn out (because really, how could this story have a happy ending?) and the conclusion to this book satisfied me. I think the story and the format are very different to what I was expecting when I sat down to read this and while I had hoped to find out more of Bennet's thoughts towards the end, I still found this book to be very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon...