Publisher: Flux on September 8, 2013
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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 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.
“It’s easy to trust a smart girl. Smart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things.”
Favorite Character: I didn’t have one, unfortunately.
You might not read this, but maybe they will, and maybe somehow that will help you.”
My Musings: The reason that I picked this novel up was the cover as well as the author. I have read Ripple, which was published under Amanda Grace’s other pen name, Mandy Hubbard. So naturally, I believed that I would enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed Ripple. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
This book is written from the point of view of Madelyn, who is a sixteen year old taking college classes for high school credit. The problem I had with this was that the novel focused on how smart Madelyn was. But in fact, it doesn’t take much to be accepted into dual enrollment. But that’s just a personal thing that I had an issue with.
Anyways. I hate to share that I didn’t enjoy this novel at all. And please don’t take this personally if you did; I am simply sharing my opinion on the novel.
I really did not like Madelyn’s character. She came off as whiny to me, and she creeped me out. The way that she talked about Bennet scared me. She also came off as selfish to me. She knew that what she was doing was wrong, and yet she kept doing it anyway. And I know that she claimed that she loved him; but if she really did love him as much as she said, she would have done what as best for both of them. I know that she was supposed to be a sixteen year old who made a mistake, but I’m also sixteen, and I sort of find that offensive. But never mind me.
I don’t have much to say about Bennet. I couldn’t find anything wrong with him. He thought Madelyn was legal. But still, the teacher-student thing was creepy. But it sucks that he got all of the crap that came out of it. It’s very unfortunate, and I don’t think that he deserved it.
It was really hard for me to relate to the characters. Really, really hard. And I didn’t. Not at all.
But the thing that I disliked the most about this novel was the fact that it didn’t have chapters. This novel is written as a letter from Madelyn to Bennet, as it says in the synopsis. What I wasn’t expecting was two letters, the first one encompassing two thirds of the novel. It made the novel seem like it was dragging on and on; the book went by very slowly for me.
The only positive thing about this book was the flow of the writing. Like Ripple, the prose was beautiful. I believe that it was the only thing that got me through the novel. It was descriptive and had smooth transitions; all the things needed to keep me reading a book that I sincerely wanted to not finish.
But I did, and I’m glad that I did. Because I wanted to give it a chance.
I really wouldn’t recommend this novel to anyone unless they enjoy whiny characters and no chapters. But others have liked it, so you may want to check out their reviews as well! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the novel more than I did.