Second Look: GENUINE FRAUD by E. Lockhart (2017)

I know Katie just reviewed this, but I’m piggy-backing.  I also received a free galley for an honest review.  Thanks, Delacorte for the galley at #BEA2017!

GenuineFraud

Releases September 5, 2017

e. lockhart’s GENUINE FRAUD
Delacorte Press, 2017

Since Katie already posted, I’m just going to dive into my thoughts on this book. =)

I was engrossed…for the first 2/3 of it.  I will be honest, it kind of lost momentum when you find out what happened to Imogen.  (No spoilers…can you guess what happens?)  After the climatic scene, the story lost a little of its edge and suspense.  Granted, the rest of the novel DOES fill in all the necessary details and answers questions about Jule’s relationship with Imogen.  However, I felt it was a little bit of a let down.

Here’s what I liked about Jule, as the main character:

  • Her ‘origin story’.
  • I also love how much she references heroes/comic books.
  • She’s a freaking kick-ass woman, seriously.  And references that several times.
  • She isn’t a perfect size 2, and makes no qualms about it.

Here’s what I liked about the story:

  • It’s told backwards, which is pretty freaking awesome, though at times confusing.  However, this really adds to the suspense of the story, and was a great narrative choice by the author.
  • I couldn’t figure out what the “twist” was until it happened.

A word of warning for readers:  This story is told backwards, but within the chapters, the narrative jumps around a lot.  It can be confusing if you try to follow the timeline too closely.  At least, I thought so.

In all, I’d definitely recommend this, especially if you liked Ally Carter’s Heist Society (only because of the con aspect).  Or if you like a good suspense/thriller.

Rating… 7/10 stars

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