Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow, what a read, another summer on Sunk Haven in 1976 and Jean and Fritz who have spent their summers sunning, working, and playing are really looking forward to a great few months. But the arrival of Gil Burke, a nephew who has never been acknowledged, has arrived and both Jean and Fritz want him. What happens as the summer unfolds and the reader learns from Jean and Fritz in separate chapters, is that both girls competition is not working at all. Jean is part of the island's upper crust while Fritz is an army brat who visits with her best friend, Julia ever summer. Jean is conflicted and wants to reinvent herself and meeting Gil before the summer begins in New York has her over the moon with all the plans she has with her and Gil as a couple. But as Gil arrives on the island, he meets and falls hard for Fritz who is a natural at everything. They fall hard for each other before Jean can even renew their original heat. I hated the snootiness of the islanders and how it made Gil & Fritz feel. I hated Jean's scheming and how it affects the three of them, literally could not put this book down, read it in one day!!!
Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the Sneek Peek, Be True to Me by Adele Griffin. I read the few chapters provided and was completely hooked by the premise of this historical fiction summer beach read. Two teens, Jean Custis and Fritz O’Neill approach another Fire Island summer with excitement and a little dread as they vie for a guy, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are social classes, resentments, and many other drama going on in this delicious read. I have pre-ordered my copy of the book as soon as it comes out in June and I can’t wait to read it!!!
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