Last year, I read E. Lockhart’s last previous YA thriller, We Were Liars, and I really loved it. Lockhart’s writing isn’t for everyone, but I thought it was interesting and different from a lot of other YA contemporaries I had read before. After that experience, I was very much looking forward to Genuine Fraud when I heard it was coming out! I found the ARC hidden behind others at work and pretty much thought I had hit the jackpot.
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.
Release Date: 5 September, 2017
My Rating: 3.5 stars
High marks for: Pretty cover, Cool written-backwards concept, Constant sense of mystery
Low marks for: Unsatisfying ending to Jule’s story, confusing timeline at some points
The reason I like E. Lockhart’s writing is because she chooses unique approaches in forming her stories
The ending was lack-luster for me, the way most people felt at the end of We Were Liars. I was pretty satisfied with that ending, but Genuine Fraud just didn’t do it for me. I’ll let you guys be the judge for yourselves, but it just wasn’t as conclusive as I would have hoped for a standalone novel to be. Maybe that was the intention, and in that case, good on it. I personally think that the ending fell flat compared to the rest of the novel. Perhaps my disappointment came from comparing this novel to We Were Liars, assuming they should follow a similar formula, and that’s probably wrong of me to do. The first half of the book leads you to the twist in the middle, but when you finally get to chapter 1, things still don’t add up.
You also really have to pay close attention to understand how the timeline moves in each chapter. Sometimes there are flashbacks within the present and I even felt like sometimes there was a line that referenced the future… in the past? I’ll admit it could get confusing at times!
Overall, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Genuine Fraud, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good! I gave high marks for creativity and the feeling of mystery that carried through the whole novel, but took some away for not being completely satisfied with how the story panned out. I suggest checking this book out if you liked We Were Liars, then come back and tell me what you think of it!
For my in-depth thoughts about We Were Liars, check out my review from last year!
~I will warn you though, that review does contain *spoilers*~