Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.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 Bennet. 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. Bennet 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 Bennet - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Madelyn is taking fast-track courses to get her through college early. She’s always been a brilliant student, and her father always pushes her to try harder, achieve more, and aim high.
On her first day of classes though, she meets her new biology teacher – Bennett.
He’s gorgeous, and they’re instantly attracted to each other, so when they bump into each other while hiking on the following Saturday, they start talking and hit it off. One hiking trip turns into more, and dinner, but Bennett tells her that he won’t kiss her until December 17th, when she’s no longer his student.
Bennett and Madelyn keep their relationship private, and wait on December.
Can Bennett and Madelyn really be together though? How long will it be until Bennett finds out the truth? And how long can Madelyn keep up the charade of being eighteen?
This was an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who starts a relationship with her teacher, but I kinda felt like it was nothing new, it had all been done before, and my attention waned.
Madelyn was an okay character, but how dumb do you have to be to know that having a relationship with your teacher is a bad idea, not to mention lying about your age? Even if he hadn’t been her teacher, pretending to be 18 when you are actually 16 is not going to last for very long, eventually he would find out her deception and everything would be over.
Madelyn obviously had some issues with the way that her parents pushed her to be fabulous all the time, but I didn’t really see how having a relationship with her teacher really helped her with this. I think Madelyn could have really done with a bit of a reality check in this book, and she really needed to consider that it wasn’t just her own life that she was messing up.
Bennett was also in need of some home truths. Even if Madelyn had been 18, she was still his student, even after class had finished, and he really should have known better than to even consider a relationship with her. Just because you haven’t physically been together, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a relationship, and this was obviously a lot more than a normal student-teacher relationship.
He confessed to Madelyn about how his previous relationship ended, and told her that he was waiting for the rug to be pulled out from underneath him again, and whilst I thought that it was pretty poor of Madelyn to not tell him what she was hiding at this point, he was also pretty dense to not see how easily the rug could be pulled out from under him by dating his student! I mean, seriously! You are both as bad as one another!
The storyline in this book was okay, but again, I felt like there was nothing new. I must have read quite a few books where a student has a relationship with her teacher, I mean, it was a storyline in Dawson’s Creek in 1998 when Pacey slept with his English teacher even (I love Pacey!), but I just didn’t feel that this was anything new at all. Whiney misunderstood 16-year-old lies about her age, and has secret rendezvous’ with her teacher, they get caught, the end. It wasn’t even like the romance was so good that it made up for the lack of other storylines, the whole thing was just mediocre for me.
I also think that people might have trouble with the way this story is written. It’s written in the form of a letter to Bennett from Madelyn, and it’s all past-tense, recounting what happened between them, all ‘you said’, ‘you did’, ‘you thought’, with quite a lot of rambling, and a pretty slow pace. I really thought that we would get more than we actually got with this story, which was really disappointing.
The ending was also just okay. The storyline played out exactly as expected, although we did then get a little bit at the end which was ‘2 years later’, which let us know what happened after all this came out. If anything this little epilogue was a bit sad really.
Overall; an okay story about a 16-year-old girl who has a relationship with her teacher.
6.5 out of 10.