The Truth About You & Me

Amanda Grace. Flux, $9.99 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-0-7387-3624-2
This novel exploring the romance between a student and her teacher may spark controversy, but Grace (a pseudonym for author/agent Mandy Hubbard) treats delicate issues with honesty and control. Written as confessional letters, the story unfolds as 16-year-old Madelyn Hawkins explains how her infatuation spins out of control after she begins taking classes at a community college. Madelyn isn’t the only biology student who finds the instructor, Bennett Cartwright, attractive, although she doesn’t expect he’d have any interest in her outside the classroom. Nonetheless, the two are drawn to each other, first during a chance meeting on a hiking trail, then on secret dates at Bennett’s house. Bennett thinks Madelyn is older than she is, and Madelyn, fed up with her domineering parents and hungry for Bennett’s attention, puts off telling him the truth. It’s clear from the beginning that the relationship will end badly, but sorting out who, if anyone, is to blame will give readers food for thought. Rather than presenting answers, Grace (In Too Deep) offers a thorough examination of the gray area between right and wrong. Ages 13–up. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
Genre: Children's
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