Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from ALA17; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add on Goodreads): 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: I loved E. Lockhart’s novel We Were Liars, but it’s one of those books that people seemed to either love or hate. I imagine that Genuine Fraud will have a similar reaction, though I have to admit I’m a bit more ambivalent. I liked the book but it’s not something I loved. It was a fairly quick book that kept me reading and wanting to know more. The book is actually told in reverse order, which made me think of the movie Memento. This is a style that might annoy some, but I liked it. I thought it was a clever way to revealing things little by little so readers were always kind of wondering about the main character, Jule.Genuine Fraud: Memento Meets YA Fiction #bookreview Click To Tweet
This is a book full of complex characters. None of them are all that great of people – though some are certainly better than others. There is romance, jealously, murder, betrayal. It’s packed full of suspense and mystery. It’s not a long book by any means, so it’s easy to finish this one in a single day. Chances are you’ll want to, so you can figure out what exactly is going on sooner than later.
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