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Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars Paperback – 31 May 2018
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What an interesting, non-linear YA story about a con artist. It is full of suspense, and written in Lockhart's classic, sparse but extremely effective and gorgeous prose Source: BA Wilson Writes
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This is a story told in reverse and with each consecutive chapter taking the reader back through the incremental stages of one feisty female going all out to fulfil her ambitions. This unusual construction added to my enjoyment and keeps the reader on their feet and this was a story which I only fully appreciated as the denouement moved closer. Summarising the plot will be of little value to potential readers, but the story centres around two eighteen-year-old friends, both white, both orphans and girls who share similar looks although their backgrounds and circumstances are worlds apart. Jule West Williams has made fighting, impersonating accents and assuming disguises her way in the world, whilst charming runaway heiress Imogen Sokoloff has been brought up in privileged surroundings with a distinguished educational background. Whilst neither of these central protagonists are easy to warm to, one is assiduously plotting an ingenious reinvention and morphing into the other and the story sees her assume a variety of roles along the way to blur the boundaries between the two.
Although there are deeper concerns behind this entertaining romp, largely centred around identity and it's place in society, others expectations of an individual, right the way through to the symbolism of the great white heterosexual action hero, this is a story that can be enjoyed by a younger audience p purely for the entertainment aspect. However, even for younger readers Genuine Fraud is definitely a novel with a thought-provoking line on friendships, a lesson in investing everything in a single friend and the heartbreaking realisation that some people are nothing more than shapeshifting opportunists. An amusing and succinct take on taking control of ones own destiny and overturning the preconceived outcomes that status, wealth and class typically dictate.
Review written by Rachel Hall (@hallrachel)
E Lockhart is famous for her acclaimed book, We Were Liars, but not having read this I wasn’t sure what to expect. The book starts at the end and gradually works backwards. As a fan of Memento I was intrigued by this, and fell quickly into the rhythm. The main character, Jule, was elusive. At times I felt I’d worked her out only to find a chapter or two later that I’d got her all wrong. By the end of the book I felt almost as far from knowing her as at the beginning. I still don’t know what motivated her actions, other than money. There is a level of violence in the book that is never really explained. Some readers can deal with that, for others this will leave them feeling unsatisfied.
This book get its hooks you in quickly. At times I would stop and wonder if I actually liked it, but I was going through it so fast that I just couldn’t stop. Written in short snappy scenes you race through this book like a runaway train always hurtling on to the next (or actually previous) piece of action, reassembling your insights and expectations with each chapter.
If you are looking for a book that will play with your mind, this is definitely the one for you, but clear your schedule first because once you step on this train, you won’t want to get back off till the journey is done.
I've read quite a lot of E. Lockharts work and many other books and I can honestly say this is one of my FAVOURITES of the year. Originally chose to read this book specifically because of the author but as soon as I'd read the blurb I couldn't shake the feeling of "I HAVE TO READ THIS" and I'm so glad I did.
Hooked from the very first page, I couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened next so much. The characters are portrayed so well and the story line flows nicely. This read is a total roller coaster and wonderful thriller - highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA and is looking for something a little different - you will not be disappointed!
I liked the writing style and the reverse timeline but it was the story itself that fell a little flat. Perhaps because it was advertised as a 'suspense novel' I was expecting suspense. It didn't deliver suspense in my mind. I'd figured it out rather quickly.
I am most disappointed in the ending. At the beginning of the book it alluded to the fate of a male character (I won't say the name for spoiler reasons) but we weren't told of his fate! It just ended...
I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. I won't be recommending this one in particular but I still think E. Lockhart is worth reading and I recommend you pick up all of her other titles!