Author Chat with Adele Griffin (Be True To Me), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Adele Griffin, author of Be True To Me. 

Read on for more about Adele and her book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

My inspiration for the story was my '70s babysitter, Maggie. She'd come over with her menthol cigarettes and stack of albums, and she'd talk about KISS and David Bowie and hot guys in her school. I thought she was amazing.

 

 

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

Of all the characters in BE TRUE TO ME, I love Gil the most, hands down. He is a flawed character and he doesn't have a voice, but has to be "explained" through the girls, and I enjoyed the challenge of making him real and deeply felt, even as he makes one bad decision after another.

 

 

YABC:  Which came first, the title or the novel?

My Pinterest board came before title or plot. It's still up. As I was collecting images of the 70s, I wanted to have a costume party.

 

 

YABC:  What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

I'm most proud of the twist. Every time someone says or writes "I did not see that coming!" I'm so excited and pleased. Readers today are really sophisticated, it's hard to sneak a shocker past them.

 

YABC:    What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The cover of the book is the cover of summer! It's also the same sunset palette as THE BEACH BOYS GREATEST HITS which feels groovy and perfect.

 

 

YABC:  What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?

This year my fave release was ALWAYS AND FOREVER, Jenny Han's third book in the Laura Jean series. I needed to know how it ended for Peter and Lara Jean. I love the Song sisters. 

 

 

YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2015?

In 2015, my fave book was was DUMPLIN by Julie Murphy.

 

 

YABC:  What’s up next for you?

Next up for me, I've co-founded a middle grade carnival with a few other authors, called OMGBookFest. Check it out, omgbookfest.org!  

 

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

My most difficult scene to write in BE TRUE was that fight scene--Fritz and Gil's confrontation down by the dock and in the boat. It must have been thirty drafts. Fights are hard because they can be over-pitched. I speak the dialogues: whose voice is trembling? who has gone cold? how does one verbal shove impact the next emotion? It's so insane, I'm acting all the parts!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Adele Griffin!

Adele Griffin is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, most recently The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. Adele lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Meet Be True To Me!

From a two-time National Book Award finalist comes a riveting romantic drama about the gilded lives of the super-rich and the high price of fitting in.

“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

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.

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 masterly prose and a sharp wit perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.

 

 

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Be True To Me

By: Adele Griffin

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

 

 

 

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Courtney on Friday, 16 June 2017 00:32

I really like the cover for this book. The colors and font are pretty. The synopsis sounds entertaining!

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I really like the cover for this book. The colors and font are pretty. The synopsis sounds entertaining!
Dianna G. on Friday, 16 June 2017 22:47

The cover is quite pinworthy---I like the font very much.
The synopsis sounds like things could get ugly, with competition over a guy!

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The cover is quite pinworthy---I like the font very much. The synopsis sounds like things could get ugly, with competition over a guy!
Tasha on Friday, 23 June 2017 02:54

I've had my eyes on this book from the moment I first heard about it coming out a little back ago! I like the cover, but it's the synopsis that has me really wanting to read this book! I also have a thing for dual point of views in books because it makes me feel like I'm reading two different stories that are in the same setting, but even if it wasn't a dual pov I still find the book interesting especially because the author being so talented.

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I've had my eyes on this book from the moment I first heard about it coming out a little back ago! I like the cover, but it's the synopsis that has me really wanting to read this book! I also have a thing for dual point of views in books because it makes me feel like I'm reading two different stories that are in the same setting, but even if it wasn't a dual pov I still find the book interesting especially because the author being so talented.
Aireanna Lesch on Friday, 23 June 2017 12:00

Ok. It mentioned We Were Liars. That book was one of the few that made me cry! I love the font of the cover! Don't like orange TOO much, but I actually don't mind it on this book cover. The plot sounds awesome! I'm crossing my fingers that the book isn't super cliche!

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Ok. It mentioned We Were Liars. That book was one of the few that made me cry! I love the font of the cover! Don't like orange TOO much, but I actually don't mind it on this book cover. The plot sounds awesome! I'm crossing my fingers that the book isn't super cliche!
Courtney Gendreau on Monday, 26 June 2017 01:53

The cover itself is quite plain, but I think it works for this book. It sounds like a great read.

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The cover itself is quite plain, but I think it works for this book. It sounds like a great read.
Kelly G on Sunday, 09 July 2017 21:16

Love the colors for the cover! The synopsis sounds like it's going to be a sweet read.

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Love the colors for the cover! The synopsis sounds like it's going to be a sweet read.
Danielle Lynn on Monday, 10 July 2017 11:46

The cover reminds me of the book Crazy Hot
by Melissa de la Cruz with it's bright orange summery colour.

It should make an interesting read since the POV is from both Fritz and Jean who are both pining for the same guy.

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The cover reminds me of the book Crazy Hot by Melissa de la Cruz with it's bright orange summery colour. It should make an interesting read since the POV is from both Fritz and Jean who are both pining for the same guy.
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 13:24

The cover screams summer vacation to me--love the colors. I am intrigued by the setting and think this sounds like a fun book to read.

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The cover screams summer vacation to me--love the colors. I am intrigued by the setting and think this sounds like a fun book to read.
Penny Olson on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:16

I love the bright summer colors of the cover. I love the 70s setting for the story.

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I love the bright summer colors of the cover. I love the 70s setting for the story.
Emily on Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:58

I love reading books set in the 1970s.

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I love reading books set in the 1970s.

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