BE TRUE TO ME by Adele Griffin

BE TRUE TO ME

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1976, handsome and charming Gil’s arrival in an exclusive, white, summer-island community inflames two girls’ rivalry with disastrous results.

The novel’s opening scene reveals an unidentified girl on the verge of drowning and surprised that Gil isn’t there to save her. The rest of the novel is a flashback of Gil’s ultimately unsuccessful attempts to juggle the romantic attachments of two island girls. Jean’s family belongs on the island, as proven by the Junior Cup tennis trophy inscribed with her mother’s and sister’s names. So it was bitter for Jean to lose it the previous summer to Fritz, a working-class white girl invited to the island each year by her best friend’s family. Jean’s unhappiness grows when Gil, the long-lost nephew of a prominent islander, arrives and immediately begins dating Fritz, although he’d already met and kissed Jean in New York City. Determined to climb the social ladder using his rich family’s acceptance, Gil treats both girls callously. Even still, Jean constantly schemes to win his affections, poor Fritz falls in love with him, and readers await the approaching, seemingly inevitable tragedy, which unfolds in Griffin’s customarily meticulous prose.

A reminder, if one is still needed, that it doesn’t pay to be the interloper in a community of rich, upper-crust-society snobs. (Historical fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 13th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-61620-675-8
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Algonquin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2017




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