June 1, 2018

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart


From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel–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.

Praise for E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars

“Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told.” —The Wall Street Journal

“[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” –

“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” –John Green, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Publication Date:  September 5, 2017
Publisher:  Delacorte Press





I’ve always heard good things about E. Lockhart, especially when it comes to We Were Liars. People have told me that she’s a worthwhile author to read and that her writing doesn’t disappoint. With that in mind, when I first tried to read Genuine Fraud I had read the first chapter and then set the novel down—only to return to it several months later. This isn’t to say that Genuine Fraud didn’t captivate me. Quite the opposite, I would say that Genuine Fraud had intrigued me from the very start. But I hadn’t felt ready to read a book that seemingly promised action, and suspense, and thrills. And I think it’s fair to say that Genuine Fraud is a novel with themes that call to you (or rather, I think that I read this novel when the moment was ‘just right’ [whatever that is] and it made all the difference).

                Maybe that doesn’t make sense, so let me try to explain.

                I picked up Genuine Fraud when I was genuinely tired of the majority of YA novels. I was in a slump that called for an exciting and original plot, a main character that successfully captivated me, and could maintain my short attention span. I went into Genuine Fraud because I felt that nothing would pull me out of my slump and there was this book I had tucked away on my nightstand waiting to be read.

                When I started Genuine Fraud for the second time, I legitimately couldn’t stop reading. I consumed the book from start to finish because I felt that I had to know how the story ended, and get to the bottom of what the main character Jule’s motivations were. Genuine Fraud is a story told in reverse, with readers reading backwards chronologically in order to find out why things have happened the way they have. I think that Lockhart crafted the novel masterfully, there wasn’t an instance where I was bored or didn’t care about the characters.

                In fact, the main character Jule intrigued me. I wanted to know if I could trust her as a narrator as readers will quickly come to realize that maybe her psyche might be fractured and that the way she perceives the world and a situation might not reflect reality. I thought that Jule was a fantastic character. The plot was fantastic. The characters were fantastic. The writing was fantastic. Everything was fantastic!

                Up until the ending.

                I don’t want to give away too much, but the ending of Genuine Fraud really changed everything for me. The entire novel is built up to this great, climactic moment—and then the reader is just deprived of it. I mean, I was so disappointed with this novel’s ending that I genuinely had to alter my mental 5-star rating because I was just so let down. The disheartening ending is definitely something that readers should be anticipating when coming into this novel, in order to avoid disappointment.

                I would recommend Genuine Fraud to readers who are looking for a novel that feels like you’re watching a female-lead action flick. Any readers who are looking for a novel with a plot that reels you in and challenges you should give this novel a go. Any readers who are looking for a book that has a stellar protagonist and very quick pacing should also give Genuine Fraud a try.


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1 Comment

  1. Ethan

    I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to the promising premise. I would have expected engaging suspense based on that summary!

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