Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
Published on June 13, 2017
by Algonquin Young Readers
Plot Summary for Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
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.
Review of Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
The story takes place in the 1970s on Fire Island, and is told in alternating first person POV by two girls who have just graduated from high school.
This book started out with a languorous tone and pace, but the tension and suspense rose slowly, almost imperceptibly, until the end had me furiously turning the pages.
At first I wasn't sure I would like the triangle-y feel of the book or the two POVs, but in the end I thought it worked well.
If you like literary fiction, historical fiction or coming of age stories, or you're looking for a book club pick, you should definitely try this.