What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Truth

Man.  Okay.  So The Truth about You and Me was a tough book.  Like Amanda Grace's But I Love Him, it deals with a hot and hard topic.  A teacher and a student, in a relationship.  The deal with this book was that it is told from the POV of a sixteen year old girl who is in a fast-track program at a local community college.  Her teacher thinks she is eighteen and while that is bad enough, it wouldn't be illegal.  But Madelyn just keeps the lie going.  She has a lot of issues of her own, with her tough, always-gotta-be-the-best family at home.  With her teacher, she feels she can be herself, even as she is living a lie.
The book was a page-turner for sure and while it was hard to sympathize with Madelyn, she is a very real, well-drawn character.  She is a typical sixteen year old and that comes out in her obvious immaturity.  I didn't buy that the teacher, Bennet, didn't know something was off.  And that was another neat part of the whole story.  He was pretty immature, too.  Great book.

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