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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: Be True to Me

Be True to Me

byAdele Griffin
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Historical
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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.

Be True to Me by Adele Griffin is a refreshing summer tale about love and power.

This book is about two girls. There is Jean, the privileged and typical Sunken Haven girl, and Fritz, an outsider. They are both in town for the summer. When Jean meets Gil, a young apprenticing businessman, she falls in love. Gil meets her on the island where Fritz starts to crush on him. Who will come out on top in this love triangle?

I really loved the setting of this story. It was set on Fire Island during the summer of 1976. It is a rich island. The whole story was filled with a description of the setting. I don't usually read books about really privileged people so this was an interesting read.

Fritz and Jean were both really interesting and full characters. I started out liking Jean more. It could have been that they started out the book by using her perspective, or it could have been for some other reason. However, as the story went on, I found myself on Fritz's side. Jean turned into a whiny brat, and Fritz was the more mature character.

As both girls were pining for Gil, I got kind of irritated. It was a love triangle that I didn't really like, and the main downfall of the book. The thing that kept me reading was the vivid storyline and drama. I mean, especially Jean couldn't seem to get over the fact that Gil didn't want to spend every waking moment with her.

The ending of this book was amazing. I am going to try not to spoil it. Needless to say, you need to read this book. I rushed through the ending and found myself with a whirlwind of emotions. It made this book the easy four stars it is for me.

Overall, this was a good book with a lot of tension.

 "It was deliberate.  She'd seen me.  She was cut-and-plunge intercepting."
I like this quote from Jean because it shows how dramatic and self-centered she could be.
"Lessons are one thing.  But nobody can instruct that killer groove of tennis, the gut and soul of how to chase that ball all over the court, how to let your body free itself to take its chances."
I love this quote from Fritz, and it is probably my favorite one.  It doesn't just fit for tennis but talks about skills in most any sport.
"We'd hit it off like bang-firecrackers.  Anyone working the lunch shift at the yacht club could have seen that."
I liked how this quote showed how easily Gil and Fritz fell in love.
"I stomped up the stairs and slammed my door.  In my room, I dropped onto my bed and stretched out like a starfish.  Tucked in on my bookshelf across the room, my Mrs. Beasley doll stared at me with her demonic bespectacled eyes."
The wording in this quote from Jean is what I like the most about 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.

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