Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine FraudTitle: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhard
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publishing Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 262
Audio Length: 6 Hours and 43 Minutes
Genre: YA Mystery Contemporary
TW: Suicide
Series: Standalone
Source: Audio

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.
What made me pick this book up: 
I had read other E. Lockhart books and enjoyed them so I figured I'd check out this one.

What did I like about the cover: 
I really do not like the cover of this version. It's boring and just kinda meh to me. I do like this cover below much better. I feel like it really fits well with the book.

What made me read this book: 
This book was one Jenn had gotten on audio and I was trying to finish a bunch of audio books before switching phones. And like I said I had read E. Lockhart books before and enjoyed them so I thought I would enjoy this one as well.

What did I like the most: 
This is most definitely an unreliable narrator book. I really enjoy those types because I guess I like being brain f*cked. But really I like not having any idea what's going and all the twists and finally the AHA moment. 

The story is a unique one about a girl who's best friend commits suicide. We don't know who the girl really is, or anything about her past or anything. 

I liked the "spy" concept of this. Where she learned how to change her accent, throw people off her scent, etc. I always love reading books like that. 

The author did a great job in making me not know at all what was happening. I was so confused the entire time. 

What didn't I like: 
So with me not knowing what was happening I was completely confused. I felt lost most of the time, sometimes more than is enjoyable.

I did not like the characters. I found them shallow and annoying and kind of dumb for the most part. 

It was pretty slow at times and I just wish it was more fast paced at times. With a book like this I wanted to always feel on my toes but it was just sort of meh most of the time.

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I have read a few by her and I would definitely read more.

Just kind of meh most of the time. I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't read it again.

“It was like being able to fight, she realized. And being able to change accents. They were powers that lived in your body. They would never leave you, no matter how you looked, no matter who loved or didn’t love you.”
― E. Lockhart, Genuine Fraud
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E. Lockhart is the author of Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.
website: www.emilylockhart.com     Liars site: www.wewereliars.com     blog: www.theboyfriendlist.com   Twitter: elockhart


  1. I've only read We were Liars but I liked it. I can see trying this one, sounds fun. :)

  2. i too like to be brain f**** and the blurb sounded sooooo promising
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. The concept of someone reinventing themselves is an old one but can be interesting. Too bad that the characters were week here. Also, I find that if a book gets too confusing that it saps the enjoyment from me.

  4. I actually really liked this one and the unique storytelling of telling it backwards really worked for me. I, for one, wasn't confused at all but I know a lot of other readers were so you aren't alone in that! I agree this edition cover is pretty meh and I don't like it much either.