A bizar book with a very clear ending. A true ‘WTF’-book.
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.
I read this book through Netgalley, mostly because I was very curious what E. Lockhart would come up with after ‘We were liars’. And oh my, it’s quite something! It was definitely a quick read, it’s easy to read and it’s intruiging from the beginning. What has happened to Jule and Imogen and what’s the whole story about Jule are the main questions.
Well, I can already spoil that for you: you don’t find the answers in the book. ‘Genuine fraud’ has such a bizar ending that I double checked to see if I had the complete book or not. What didn’t help was that you read the story about Jule and Imogen backwards. You start at the ‘now’ point and E. Lockhart lets you go back in time, just by a few days or weeks. That makes it very confusing in the beginning, but at some point you’ll get used to that.
The fact that Jule’s story isn’t completely told bothers me the most. On Goodreads I read that people compared ‘Genuine fraud’ to ‘The talented Mr Ripley’, in not such a positive way. I can see that point but if it’s a bad thing or not, I’m not too sure about.
For me, E. Lockhart has written another book that confuses you the whole read and which does stick with you after you’ve finished it. Whether that’s positive or not, but I think that’s something else completely. I will definitely pick up another E. Lockhart book, just because I do believe the books are interesting.
Well, for me there’s not really a conclusion, as I’m still not sure what to think of this book. It’s one big mindfuck and that makes it special. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I’m still unsure about!
DetailsGenuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Published by Delacorte Press
Genres: Young Adult