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 want to hate this book for giving us, readers, such a melancholy ending for our lead characters.
And I also want to be happy that it ended in a way that these two characters find their own happiness even if it means they’d have to do it on separate paths.
But I just can’t. Let me get my thoughts straight and finish this review (after being on a hiatus for like forever) without getting myself so much into it I feel like I am Madelyn.
Yes, the story is a forbidden relationship between a teacher and student, with Maddy lying about (in a subtle yet really sneaky way) her real age to her Bio professor, Mr. Bennett (who’ve been in a devastating relationship before meeting Maddy).
And yes, they got caught and Bennett almost got prisoned, but didn’t so he move thousand miles away from Madelyn to move on and live a new life.
So what makes this any different from any other student-teacher love story you’ve read before?
Not much difference actually.
But this light read will make you reminisced how in every adult or young adult in us, we actually had an infatuation with our teacher/instructor/professor before- and have an actual realization that maybe our feeling were or weren’t true, but it’s a feeling that we will never forget until we’re old and gray.
And somehow I’ve had this thought that this also goes to show that somehow the infatuation we have felt that had never escalated into things we have imagined, goes to say that we are just young individuals craving for attention and companion just like how Maddy have craved it from Bennett since her family highly focuses on her getting good grades and getting in good Uni with a nice course.
But nevertheless, thank you Ms. Amanda Grace for happily breaking my heart. Hoping to read good books from you soon!