Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud

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"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."--
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385744775
0385744773
9780375991844
0375991840
9781524770679
1524770671
Branch Call Number: Lockhart, E
Lockhart, E
Lockhart, E
LOCKHART E
LOCKHART E
LOCKHART E
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

In a small way, I think it's unfortunate that Lockhart is so well known for We Were Liars, to which this will inevitably be compared, because I think it has more in common with her earlier (and superior, in my mind) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Of course, this has a reverse chronology to set it apart from either and is more of a psychological suspense thriller than they are. It reads fast. It keeps offering reveals that add layers to the characters, especially main character (heroic protagonist? that's up to the reader to decide) Jule. And, along the way, it offers commentary on gender roles, class differences, and society. This book is both highly entertaining and thoughtful.

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EvelynWeiser
Mar 18, 2018

At first I found this book really fascinating, with the unreliable narrator and wild plot. But the main character went unredeemed and I didn't like her or empathize with her. The other huge problem with this book is that it reminded me way too much of The Talented Mr. Ripley.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 22, 2018

Genuine Fraud was a great YA thriller because the main character Jules was a fantastic, complex character and her bestfriend Imogen was a fascinating trainwreck. There was plenty of twists and moments that made you realise each action was building up to revealing the overall picture at the end of the book. You'll definitely be surprised at a bunch of things in this book and I'd love the heightening drama and twists throughout. I'd recommend this book to all thriller lovers that love the gritty, wild side of people that get pushed over the edge.

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heidijoemonty
Jan 22, 2018

I liked this book! I picked it up because I loved We Were Liars. It is suspenseful and kept me very intrigued. I loved how the story a was told in reverse sequence. It was a little tricky getting used to it but I thought it really added to the story.

Cynthia_N Nov 10, 2017

This book is rather unique. It's written backwards. The chapters are numbered backwards. You find out the information backwards. I enjoyed this mystery and I hear it is going to be made into a movie. I found the main character's ability to change herself intriguing and it made more sense as the story progressed... or is it regressed??

JCLMeganK Sep 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Lockhart's writing style flows easily, the main characters are intriguing, and the suspense in this story makes you want to keep reading. I finished this book in one night! If you read her other suspense novel "We Were Liars" and enjoyed that, there's a good chance you'll like this one too.

KateHillier Sep 25, 2017

Much like "We Were Liars" makes you evaluate events and the role that an entire family has in events, "Genuine Fraud" makes you evaluate exactly what a friendship is and is Jule more one than the other.

When we meet Jule she is living it up at a fancy resort. We then follow her story and history with her friend Imogen back in time over the course of a year or so. Is there a friendship between these two? Is one simply obsessed in the other. How is Jule doing what she doing and did Imogen cause anything? It's a perfectly enjoyable, albeit predictable, thriller. That being said I did basically inhale it in two sittings.

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JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

"Every place has rules. What you do when you come into a new place is, you figure them out. Like when you're a guest, you learn the codes of behavior and adapt. Yes?"

"Maybe that's what you do."

"That's what everyone does. You work out how loud you can talk, how you can sit, what things are okay to say and what's rude. It's called being a human in society."

"Nah." Forrest crossed his legs in a leisurely fashion. "I'm not that fake. I just do what feels right to me. And you know what? It's never been a problem, until now."

"Because you're you."

"What does that mean?"

"You're a guy. You come from money, you're white, you have really good teeth, you graduated from Yale, the list goes on."

"So?"

"Other people adapt to you, a**hole. You think there's no adapting going on, but you're f***ing blind, Forrest. It's all around you, all the time."

JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

"I think you're wrong about the American Dream," said Jule.

"No, I'm not. Why?"

"The American dream is to be an action hero."

"Seriously?"

"Americans like to fight wars," said Jule. "We want to change laws or break them. We like vigilantes. We're crazy about them, right? Superheroes and the Taken movies and whatever. We're all about heading out west and grabbing land from people who had it before. Slaughtering the so-called bad guys and fighting the system. That's the American dream."

JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

The dedication: For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury.

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