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Friday, January 15, 2016

Flashback Friday #3: The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace

Hello everyone! Welcome to The Left-Handed Book Lover's Flashback Friday. I'm not sure if this feature has been done on other blogs. I haven't seen it, but if it has been, let me know so I can give some credit!

FF is a feature here where I talk about books I read a while ago but still want to give major love to. This feature is designed to give some exposure to books that may have been forgotten about or that some people haven't heard of, even though they're really great!

This week's FF goes to...
The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace
Published: September 1, 2013 by Flux
Genre: YA contemporary
Summary from Goodreads: 
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 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.


I read an eARC of this before it was released in 2013. I remember reading the entire novel in one sitting, just devouring every single word. 


I'm not going to lie, there have been some mixed reviews for this novel, but I personally adored it. It is one of those novels that you kind of know what is going to happen but you just read on hoping it won't. For whatever reason, I love books like that. Maybe I'm just weird? There were parts when my heart was thumping so hard because it was so tense and I was just waiting for everything to hit the fan. Everything about this book was intense and held me captive the entire time I was reading. I got emotionally attached to the characters (extremely) and the writing flowed so well! If you're into contemporary books, this is a fantastic read!

Here are three reasons you should read this book:

1) It was very emotional! I was actually sobbing as I read it.

2) It's told in second person, through letters, which was actually really cool. You'd think second person would take you out of the story a little bit, but it really doesn't.

3) There's a taboo student-teacher relationship. I have a weird thing about reading taboo relationships. They are my absolute favorite. Maybe you're the kind of person who isn't into that thing? Then this book probably isn't for you. But I personally found it so incredibly interesting to read about.


Amanda Grace is a pen name for Young Adult author Mandy Hubbard (PRADA AND PREJUDICE, YOU WISH). She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her husband and young daughter.

Other books by this author: But I Love Him
In Too Deep
No One Needs To Know

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