Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin will be joining us at The Doylestown Bookshop on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:30pm for a reading, Q&A, and book signing of her newest young adult novel, Be True To Me!
“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. 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.” --Adele
Be True To Me by Adele Griffin
It's the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, 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, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly 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.
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 vivid language and perceptive wit.
Praise for Be True To Me
"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." --Jenny Han, New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before
"Perfectly captures both the blinding brightness of summer love and the encroaching darkness of two girls competing for the same boy. I couldn't put this delicious book down. --Siobhan Vivian, New York Times bestselling author of The List
About Adele
Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and highly acclaimed author of numerous books for Young Adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins, recent thriller Loud Awake and Lostand Vampire Island series. In January 2017, Bloomsbury series Agnes and Clarabelle with co-author Courtney Sheinmel debuted, and her highly anticipated Oodlethunks will be out mid 2017.
Adele lives with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.
To learn more about Adele, you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, or you can visit her website at
Headshot Adele Griffin
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Event date: 
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
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ISBN: 9781616206758
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - June 13th, 2017