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A riveting tale of romantic suspense with a shocking twist ending set within the gates of a Fire Island colony of the super rich. Jean, a privileged, sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious 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, she 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 against a backdrop of sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial summer, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with masterly prose and a sharp, intricate wit perfect for fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Adele Griffin is the acclaimed author of Tell Me No Lies and Be True to Me, as well as Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, both finalists for the National Book Award. She lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her online at adelegriffin.com or on Twitter: @adelegriffin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A coming-of-age story about two girls, Jean and Fritz, vying for the heart of the same guy. Sunken Haven, Fire Island, NY is the seemingly idyllic summer playground of the privileged, a closed community where outsiders are tolerated, but never truly accepted. This YA novel is told in alternating voice between the two main characters. It’s about friendship, love, poor choices made and life changing decisions. I read the author’s letter at the beginning of the book, and she says her book is all about the freedom to choose who we love, and I get that. It’s an unforgettable story. Well written, I thought the author did an exceptional job with the ending. There is a lot of drinking and smoking, but then I realized it was set in 1976 and the legal drinking age at that time was eighteen and smoking was much more common and allowed in public spaces. Takes you back to a time before cell phones and PCs, a time when maybe life was a little simpler and moved at a slower pace.