Be True to Me is the Perfect Summer Read…With a Twist

Book Review, Young Adult Books
Be True to Me by Adele Griffin. A YA romance set in the 1970s as two girls compete for the love of one boy. Young Adult romance for summer.

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Be True to Me by Adele Griffin

Age Range: 14 and up | Hardcover: 352 pages | Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (June 13, 2017)


Be True to Me is one of those epic love stories that you can’t get out of your head for days after finishing it. I picked it up because I LOVE the cover and it was compared to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In many ways, it was like We Were Liars, but it was different too.

What’s it About?

Be True to Me is about two girls, both falling desperately in love with the same boy. It takes place in a sun-soaked island community where wealthy families gather every summer. Jean comes from one of these wealthy families, but she is insecure, self-conscious, and always coming in second. She’s been overshadowed by her sister, overlooked by her friends, and constantly pushed aside in favor of more interesting people. She was also bested at tennis by an army brat named Fritz.

Fritz is an outsider, but she’s generally tolerated by the wealthy families in Sunken Haven. A natural athlete, Fritz is confident, spontaneous, and used to getting what she wants. Unfortunately, she wants the same thing Jean wants—Gil.

Why I Loved it:

This is a love triangle like I’ve never read before. I instantly fell into the story, enjoying summer vacation on a sunny island and falling in love for the first time, while hating the boy at the same time. Like I said before, it’s an epic love story with strong characters and an addictive quality that won’t let you put it down.

I adored the way both girls fell madly in love with Gil so quickly like he was something beautiful and wonderful and magic. The entire book holds a dark undercurrent, and you can feel something coming. You just don’t know what.

What I Didn’t Love:

My only disappointment came at the very end. I expected something more…sinister. As it was, the ending was tragic and wonderful and perfect for the story, but because my expectations were different, I felt a teensy bit of disappointment.

Cover Talk:

I love this cover! The colors promise a sun-drenched love story at the beach, while also giving it a hint of danger. And I love the title design! This is such a pretty cover.


Two or three curse words (one f-bomb), and two semi-descriptive sex scenes. While not explicit or overly detailed, they’re not fade to black, either.

Source: Thank you to Algonquin for sending me this book.


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  • Reply
    Kai @ Quartzfeather
    June 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I’ve seen this book around a lot (it does have one pretty cover) but I wasn’t quite sure what it was about. That plot does sound rather interesting, but uh, me and love triangles rarely get along…

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      June 7, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      I’m the same way! I rarely like love triangles, but this one wasn’t what I expected.

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