- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre (10 December 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471407497
- ISBN-13: 978-1471407499
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
E. Lockhart is the author of nine novels including We Were Liars, a New York Times bestseller and Zoella Book Club pick; The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael l. Printz award honor book, a finalist for the national book award and winner of the Cybils award for best young adult novel; Fly on the Wall, Dramarama and the Ruby Oliver Quartet: The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys and Real Live Boyfriends. She co-authored how to be bad with Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski.
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I LOVED E. Lockart’s We Were Liars. It’s been FIVE YEARS since I read the book and I AM STILL SHOCKED about the ending because it was twenty different kinds of insane and I LOVED IT.
Which is why I was SO excited to see Genuine Fraud sitting in some surprise bookmail from Bloomsbury India – it sounded (from all the raving reviews I’d read) that this was another masterpiece and I dove in as soon as I could.
Let’s break it down:
E. Lockhart’s writing has only IMPROVED since when she wrote We Were Liars with every word and chapter dripping in suspense. The short, disjointed sentences give you a little information and make twenty other questions pop up in your head, which is exactly the intended effect. E. Lockhart and Genuine Fraud really manage to pull you in and leave you SO DESPERATE for answers that your only solution is to binge the whole thing. (P.S: I took all of a DAY to read this book.)
IDEA AND STRUCTURE:
Genuine Fraud IS TOLD IN REVERSE. It was a disorienting experience that somehow managed to work PERFECTLY for this book, keeping the mystery alive and keeping the reader guessing. It pieced things together in REVERSE, talking about a murder (or two) and a social chameleon. I loved seeing the unravelling of Jule and Imogen and the STRUCTURE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS BOOK.
I loved the plot of this book. I probably wouldn’t have loved it as much if it wasn’t structured the way it was, but everything managed to work in the most unconventional way possible. I loved trying to understand Jule and predicting her next move (and failing.) I did spend most of this book ANTICIPATING a jaw dropping end like We Were Liars had, because this is one of the books that NEEDS one of those endings.
And yet, the unfinished, vague and NORMAL note on which this book ended was the ONE thing I didn’t like about it all. I guess I WAS hoping for a deeper motivation / reason for everything happening but after over 250 pages of sitting at the edge of my seat, unsure of what came next (or before, depending on how you look at it) the actual ending was SUCH A LET DOWN.
The more I found out about the characters, as I went back in time with E. Lockhart piecing this book together in reverse, I STILL feel like I don’t know either of the two main characters. I didn’t fall in love with either of them, but I do like them. I admire them, but I don’t know them.
Thinking about Jule, Imogen (or even Forrest, Brooke and Patti) leave me very confused.
This book is definitely one of the better mysteries I’ve read in a while and you should DEFINITELY pick it up. Genuine Fraud is about an heiress and a social chameleon told in REVERSE and there is murder and romance and WHAT MORE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR, REALLY? I only wished the ending was done better. 4 stars.
A psychological thriller laced with a quick hearterd non coherent alliteration of words and an unique view point.
It's been long since I got head on with a 5/5.
So much for my happy ending?
The book is written in different timelines, juggling between the past and the present and that's the only thing that might be a bit of a problem.
Never in those 262 pages, did anything feel off-beat. Every outrageous, unbelievable, or shocking thing Jule was a part of, seemed real. It always seemed like the teenager could do things to such an extent. Such was the narration.
The characters, there was nothing special about them, nothing like you would fall in love with, Jule was as cold as possible, hiding away everything, and that was somewhat the charm of the book. Making people be hooked to a story whose characters did not intrigue them, but the journey to how they become what they are did.
Cover- 5 stars
Title- 5 stars
Blurb- 5 stars
Plot- 4 stars
Writing and Presentation- 4 star
Overall- 4.6 stars out of 5
Interviewed by- Banaja Prakashini
With each book, Lockhart brings a twist in the way she tells a story. In Genuine Fraud, the story is told backwards and for a mystery to be told backwards is like treading on running water. When you already know who has been murdered, who is being chased by the police and what might have resulted in the murder there is hardly anything left to be told. However, this is where Lockhart’s abilities come into play. Running opposite the natural timeline each page reveals something new and helps the readers add another piece into the jigsaw puzzle.
The characterisation is brilliant without the need to constantly describe their actions. I can hardly talk about the plot without giving away the spoilers. It was definitely a page turner and I finished it in a day (and it was a week day so I only got to read it for 4-5 hours).
The only downside to this book was I kind of ended up comparing it to We Were Liars and in that comparison it fell short. Although this is completely subjective and you might find this book to be your favourite. Nevertheless, if you are a newbie to Lockhart’s works, go ahead and get yourself this book and it will not stop surprising you till the last page.
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