By Adele Griffin
Algonquin Books for Young Readers
June 13, 2017
From a two-time National Book Award finalist comes a riveting romantic drama about the gilded lives of the super-rich and the high price of fitting in.
JEAN: Could it be true? Instead of a summer playing handmaiden to Daphne, was I being delivered something entirely different—a summer in the spotlight? A summer starring Gil Burke and me? Summer flings and sexy romances were Daphne’s territory. Not mine. I was the one you didn’t pick. I swatted off my hope like a bumblebee, knowing it was already too late. I’d been deliriously stung.
FRITZ: People always joked about summer romances because they didn’t last. Summer romances were made out of ice cream and cotton candy, intensely sweet before they melted into nothing. But I’d never thought of Gil as a summer thing. Gil was my real love, my real first. We were outsiders together, we had each other, we didn’t care that we didn’t belong.
“This is a glittery gem of a book. I was utterly transported to Fire Island–to endless summer days, girls in sundresses, that rush you get the first time you fall hard in love. I fell so hard in love with this book.”—Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
“Perfectly captures both the blinding brightness of summer love and the encroaching darkness of two girls competing for the same boy. I couldn’t put this delicious book down.”—Siobhan Vivian, New York Times bestselling author of The List
“If you like stories of summertime, blossoming love, secrets and betrayals, this is for you. But beware: Adele Griffin’s tales come with a darker edge to all the glitter of a perfect private island.”
—Danielle Borsch, Vroman’s Bookstore
“Adele Griffin’s compelling tale and cataclysmic ending make Be True to Me the must-read YA novel of 2017.” —Pamela Klinger Horn, Excelsior Bay Books
“An atmospheric and engaging piece of historical fiction, this work will haunt and resonate with readers long after it ends. An excellent selection for YA collections.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Griffin deftly weaves Jean and Fritz’s voices together to explore their rivalry for both Gil and a coveted tennis trophy. She expertly captures the voice of a spoiled rich girl who expects things to go her way merely because they always have, but Fritz remains comparatively enigmatic… a summer read to lose oneself in.” —Publishers Weekly
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