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.
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.
Be True To Me
By: Adele Griffin
Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
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