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Be True to Me

Review

Be True to Me

Set during the summer of ‘76 on Fire Island, BE TRUE TO ME follows two rival girls --- Jean and Fritz --- as they fight over the new guy in town. Jean is the sophisticated New Yorker while Fritz is the total opposite; a Southern outcast amidst a community of upper-class families. With the mix of competiveness and envy, Adele Griffin’s newest novel puts to test the lengths in which one would go for love.

BE TRUE TO ME was a novel I was really interested in reading from the moment I read the premise which is surprising since I normally don’t go for stories of love triangles. Although I do get annoyed easily at petty plays made by teen girls in the hopes of winning a guy, I didn’t mind it that much since, really, the two girls didn’t hate each other. They did, however, hate the idea of not being with Gil, the guy whom everyone seems to be crushing on. There weren’t any mean pranks or childish acts, but there was betrayal and secrets which made for heartbreaking discoveries.

"BE TRUE TO ME would appeal to anyone interested in the works of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith or even someone who is interested in wild summer flings amidst the groovy decade that is the '70s."

One main thing I enjoyed about the story was that it was told from both Jean and Fritz’s perspectives. I thought that it made the events more riveting but it was also interesting because it made you love the one person when reading from their own eyes but hate them the other way around. I also thought that by having two different point of views, it made the story move along at a much faster pace.

Another thing I loved was the ending which housed a MAJOR plot-twist! I have never been so shocked while reading a book before in my entire experience of reading. I thought that it was insanely out of nowhere and the event gave a great, big tug on your emotions. It was a total tear-jerker and let’s just say I was glad I wasn’t wearing makeup or else things --- specifically the book --- would have gotten messy.

Like I said before, this book took place in the ‘70s which I thought was a very fun aspect to the novel. Although it didn’t go into too much detail with the culture at the time, we did get a few honorable music mentions including Elton John, Grateful Dead and many others. Thinking back on what I read, I think that having the book take place in 1976 was a key part as to why the ending was what it was (no spoilers but, wow, things would have gone a lot more smoother with our twenty-first century technology).

Other than the beginning being a bit slow, I didn’t really dislike any specific thing about this book. I truly think that what I found annoying was essential for the storyline to go as it did and even though I became frustrated with some of the events, it made for an entertaining read that kept me hooked from page one.

All in all, BE TRUE TO ME would appeal to anyone interested in the works of Jenny Han and Jennifer E. Smith or even someone who is interested in wild summer flings amidst the groovy decade that is the ‘70s.

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member on August 16, 2017

Be True to Me
by Adele Griffin

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1616208082
  • ISBN-13: 9781616208080