The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
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.
TW: Lots of talk of suicide and some graphic violence
I don’t know what I was expecting with Genuine Fraud, the front cover doesn’t give away much, though I feel like if you were to sum up the novel you would pretty much spoil the whole thing. I’ve only read one other book by e. lockhart, We Were Liars and it seems like she always has to throw in a twist or two. But, unlike We Were Liars, I didn’t like Genuine Fraud as much. I felt like the intense, mind blowing ending was missing.
One of the things that made Genuine Fraud so unique was that it was told from the most recent date to the earliest date. So the whole story is told backwards. You start off wondering how the main character Jule got to where she is. While I thought this was a unique, pretty cool way to tell a story, I also think it took away from the ending. It wasn’t mind blowing, it wasn’t exciting, it just kind of ended. Another problem I had with the story was that nothing was answered and nothing was kept straight. I think this is more of Jule’s way of life than it was the author. But I would have liked an actual explanation as to why she did what she did instead of just having her do it. I also would have liked to know her past instead of what she claimed was her past. Maybe there was a truth in there but I didn’t get it. If you like unreliable narrators though, this is DEFINITELY the book for you.
As in the TW I mention above there is a pretty graphic scene that really grossed me out. It’s only a few pages at most so I skimmed it, so just be warned that this book might not be for people who can’t stand blood/gore/violence because Genuine Fraud has some scenes like that.
Overall it’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling a whole lot. I just felt like Genuine Fraud was missing something that We Were Liars had. While the character was unreliable, I also wish there was a bit of reliability there instead of everything changing all the time.