Second Look: GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book free of charge from Book Expo America. I am not receiving any form of compensation for my honest review.

Summary: Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

REVIEW:

It is going to be SO HARD to write a review for this book without giving anything away. As you know, I am totally anti-spoiler so I promise not to reveal any surprises.

Lockhart’s uniquely told story begins at the end with Chapter 18. It’s obvious Jule, our main character, is on the run. She’s calling herself Imogen and is quite skilled at becoming someone else when she needs to. As the story progresses (or regresses?), we go backwards through the last year of Jule’s life and gradually learn how she came to be where (and who) she is.

I loved the way this book was written. The unique format keeps the reader guessing along with the many twists and turns the story takes from beginning to end (or end to beginning? I told you this was going to be hard to write…). I flew through it because I needed to know how Jule’s life came to be. I want to write SO MUCH MORE, but I really don’t want to give anything away. So, like, ya know… someone else read it and hit me up so we can chat.

I was totally prepared to give this a 10/10 rating, but I felt a little let down by  the ending, mostly because I was expecting something different. After the extensive build-up of Jude and Imogen’s characters, the ending seemed a little rushed. I’m not completely dissatisfied, I just wanted more.

E. Lockhart has always been a great writer, including her earlier, light contemporary novels (I particularly loved The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks). But in We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, Lockhart takes it up another notch with complex, psychologically suspensful, beautifully written, mind-blowing stories.

OFFICIAL RATING: 9/10

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3 thoughts on “Second Look: GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart

    • Katie Cardell says:

      I definitely should have clarified what that meant. I had so much stuff swirling in my head from this book that I was incoherently trying to put my feelings into words. The book literally starts at Chapter 18 and counts backwards. Chapter 17 takes place three weeks before the events in the previous chapter and so on, and goes back about a year by the end of the book. And so you see how it’s a very difficult book to review!

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