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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart



Title: Genuine Fraud

Author: E. Lockhart


Genre: YA, Mystery


Published 5 September 2017 by Delacorte Press


Rating: 4/5 stars

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.

Huge thanks to Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of this book! This will not influence nor affect my review.

So here I am an avid fan of We Were Liars, ready to share with you how much I fangirled the moment I knew about this new book by E. Lockhart! I know her books and her writing style are controversial in a way that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people hate it but some people love! I clearly took a day or two from reviewing this book because I was messed up after reading it. I don’t know where to start expressing how I felt when I finished this. It’s so hard to review this book without giving any spoilers. 

Now about Genuine Fraud, it’s way different from We Were Liars but share a few factors when it comes to the characters. Rich people doing bad things by bad I mean crime or worse murder. The thing I love most about the author’s writing style is how misleading and unreliable the main character was. I know some of you might not like it but for me, I absolutely dig it. Being a mystery/thriller nerd that I am it’s something about unreliable characters that keeps me going, maybe because it rears the curiosity inside of me. 

It’s another character driven story that didn’t disappoint me. Though I have to point out that it was slow in the beginning but don’t worry it gets better. I’ll try my best to tell you how I understood the two characters, Jules and Imogene, portrayed their roles in this book. Jules has this strong exterior, she can easily deceive any person but inside she’s trying to fix her life. Imogene is an heiress and a manipulative cheat. Their friendship was something different than I usually see in YA if you see it in a deeper perspective. Them creating this unrealistic bond and the intoxicating relationship ended up in something we’re all scared off.

Okay, so this is told in reverse chronology. I haven’t read any book like this before where the plot is told in flashbacks. I’ve heard that it was inspired by The Talented Mr. Ripley. I might grab a copy of that book as well. I loved how the story slowly knits together as you progress through the book. This book starts at the end and ends at the very beginning. I loved how it unfolded, with subtle revelations that will surely make you think about it for days. The story started with something that’ll keep your mind thinking about what’s happening then suddenly it takes a dark turn, there were scenes that I know aren’t for the faint hearted readers.

Genuine Fraud is all about Betrayal. Deception. Obsession. An unsettling and gripping novel that will make you believe in lies and the time you finish it you’ll still crave for more. 

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