by Adele Griffin
Published by Algonquin Young Readers Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Be True to Me
by Adele Griffin
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Historical
It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.
Told through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, as they experience feeling like an outsider and first love.
Jean: Long time visitor to Sunken Haven with her family. Her parents care more about appearances than pretty much anything else. She is used to being in the shadow of her much more outgoing and pretty older sister. Thankfully her sister is not going to Sunken Haven with her family this summer so Jean has a chance to step up and be her own person.
Fritz: A long time staff regular she is enjoying her independence as it is her first year living in the staff dorms. She and Jean used to be really good friends but it seems lately they have started to drift apart.
Gil: The object of affection for both Jean and Fritz. He’s a handsome guy with some dark secrets and an outgoing personality. He is spending the summer with his materialistic uncle and his family and immediately starts making waves amount the residence of Sunken Haven.
Every though this story is in the 70s (I usually don’t like stories told in past) I enjoyed reading this book. She wove pop culture references into the story well without seeming forced or awkward as some similar titles have done. Plus honestly, love is relatable no matter what the time period! If you decide to give this book a try I hope you enjoy it!
Adele Griffin is the highly acclaimed author of almost thirty books for Young Adult and middle grade readers.
Her works include the National Book Award Finalists Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Oodlethunks series for younger readers. Her latest novel The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA Best Book of 2015, an Amazon Best YA Book of the Year, a Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Romantic Times Finalist for Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Top Fiction pick. Her latest novel Be True to Me is publishing in June 2017 with Algonquin Books.