The Truth About You and Me is different, but different in such a good way. It is a long letter written by Madelyn to Bennett. In the letter she tells the story of how their relationship began, and how everything crumbled apart. From the outset you know the outcome of the relationship but it never lessened my enjoyment of the novel. In fact the sweet parts were so much sweeter because you knew how it was going to end.
Madelyn is an exceptional student, doing Running Start and getting college credits while in High School. She is doing this so that she can fulfill her parent’s master plan for her education. The problem is these plans aren’t what she wants. In case you missed it a couple days ago I wrote a post about this same problem here
, so I felt especially close to Madelyn. The novel while it is partially a love story is also about Madelyn finding her voice and doing what she wants for the first time in her life.
Then there was Bennett. I thought at first I wouldn’t like him. After all he is the teacher in this situation, he should know better. The way Madelyn describes him though and his actions make you realize what a genuinely good guy Bennett is. It was impossible not to like him.
Aside from the characters my favorite thing about this novel was that it was set in Enumclaw, Washington. Actually, it was set in a town about an hour North of where my family lives. I loved the descriptions of the trees, and the mountains. It made me feel a little bit homesick and I think this further connected me to the story.
Overall, The Truth About You and Me was a wonderfully different novel. It doesn’t have a happy ending but you never really expect one. I liked the journey the story takes you on though and will definitely be seeking out other books by this author.