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Be True To Me

Be True To Me
Adele Griffin
Algonquin Young Readers, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.


Ok, so I saw the author of Be True To Me was Adele Griffin, and snatched it up. I didn’t even read what it was about.

After I had started it, I read the description on Goodreads, and realized it took place in the ‘70s. I just thought that the characters were into classic rock. Oops. It’s a good thing I figured out the time frame, because it became important later. Everything in the plot builds up to a terrifying incident at the end of the book. It kept me turning the pages, but I wasn’t super happy with how the incident turned out. Overall, I enjoyed the backstabbing and suspense throughout the book.

I think fans of Gossip Girl or We Were Liars would enjoy Be True To Me.

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