Adele Griffin - Meet the Author (YA)

From two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin comes BE TRUE TO ME—a riveting romantic drama about the gilded lives of the super-rich and the high price of fitting in. With lyrical prose and atmospheric storytelling, Griffin has created an unforgettable story that is sure to linger long after the last page is turned. New York Times bestselling author and YA favorite Jenny Han says, “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.”
 
BE TRUE TO ME takes readers to the summer of 1976, a season of sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial, inside a wealthy Fire Island enclave, where Jean, a complete insider, and Fritz, a girl from outside as unconventional and bold as her name suggests, vie for the love of a mysterious newcomer. Jean arrives for the summer obsessed with Gil, a southern boy with a winning smile and puzzling ties to one of Sunken Haven’s most powerful and polarizing families. Jean and Gil shared a magical evening in Manhattan before their island summer began, and Jean is sure it’s going to lead somewhere. Then Gil meets Fritz, and the attraction between these two Southerners with humble roots is unmistakable — and unquenchable. But it’s complicated: Jean’s the girl Gil is supposed to want — and Fritz is the girl he can’t deny. Before it’s over, one of them will win Gil…and one will lose everything.
 
“Last year’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage celebrated our constitutional right to love. Like many others, I was captivated by couples who came forward to share their personal narratives of frustration and heartbreak, of hope and endurance,” says Griffin. “When I imagined BE TRUE TO ME as a story of our desire to love who we love—and the price we will pay for that right—the world of Sunken Haven, from its star characters to its supporting roles, all began to fall into place. I could see Jean, Gil, and Fritz’s Bicentennial summer as both a celebration of glorious modern freedoms, as well as a time capsule of harsh social barricades.”
 
Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with masterly prose and a sharp wit that will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. “Perfectly captures both the blinding brightness of summer love and the encroaching darkness of two girls competing for the same boy,” says New York Times bestselling author Siobhan Vivian. “I couldn’t put this delicious book down.”

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781616206758
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 13th, 2017