ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart
Expected publication: September 5th, 2017 by Delacorte Press.
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. (Goodreads)
With the continued success of New York Times bestselling psychological thriller We Were Liars, I introduce you to e. lockhart’s next project, Genuine Fraud.
Have you ever read The Talented Mr. Ripley? Or watched the movie? If you have this will be super easy to explain to you. Genuine Fraud is the gender bent version told in reserve. For some early readers they are seeing too many similarities and yes, I have to agree it’s very very similar. The significant difference between the two stories lies with the authors storytelling. What made The Talented Mr. Ripley so strong was that it started at the beginning and worked up to the twisted conclusion. Since Genuine Fraud worked from the “end” of the story the actual end of the book was slightly disappointing. I think for readers who are not familiar with the aforementioned story will possibly enjoy this story a bit more. However, The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I enjoyed this book.
The beginning is very engaging. We find out our main character Jule is a liar and it leaves you wondering how much is she lying about. What is truth? What is fantasy? And why is she doing the things she does? Genuine Fraud is the story of Jule West-Williams and her best friend Imogen. It’s quite a short story so it’s better not knowing much. If you need things to be laid out from the beginning this book may not be for you. It is told in reverse, so it’s a bit like a puzzle and there are subtle clues as to what’s going on, but you really don’t understand the full scope of what’s going on or realize the depths of Jule as a character until the final page. I will leave you with this quote. Not only is it a great quote to sum on what’s going on in the story, but I think it speaks to how we can all feel sometimes.
You want me to pay attention to you when I don’t feel like it. You want me to be beautiful and effortless, when some days I feel ugly and things come hard. You set me up on a throne and you want me to always make nice food and read great literature and be golden with everyone, but that isn’t me and it’s exhausting. – e.lockhart, uncorrected proof of Genuine Fraud