Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart
Genre: YA Fiction, Mystery Thriller
Pages: 262
Release Date: September 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

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.
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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. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Disclaimer: This is just my opinion of the book. I am not hating on the author, I just didn’t enjoy this book in particular 🙂

Okayyyy, so this story was wack. I wasn’t a huge fan of E. Lockhart’s other popular book ‘We Were Liars’, however I heard about Genuine Fraud and it sounded intriguing.

I was wrong.

Let me start with the thing that I did actually enjoy about the book; the timeline of the story. The book opens with the ending. Jule, the main character, is staying at a lavish hotel in Mexico. We don’t know how she got there or why she is there. The story then works its way backwards in order to figure out how Jule got where she is and what happened to her best friend Imogen. Although it was confusing at times, overall I did enjoy the concept and it did have me intrigued from the start.

As I carried on reading, my level of intrigue decreased; severely. The story just got boring. The book is only 200 pages and it just seemed to drag and I felt like all the time I spent reading, I was waiting for the story to pick up and get interesting and it never did, unfortunately.

In addition to this, I found it very predictable. To me, the ‘plot twist’ was very obvious and I was able to guess pretty much all of the big reveals, which completely cancelled out the purpose of the backwards timeline.

I also found the main character, Jule, uninteresting. She was supposed to be this complex character and the reader was supposed to be intrigued by her mysteriousness, but I found her dull and the more I read, the less interested I became in her and the book as a whole.

The main thing that disappointed me about this story was the ending. It didn’t tie together any of the numerous loose ends. Now, I don’t know if that was done purposely to create suspense, but all it did was frustrate me because I spent majority of the book being confused and I got to the end and still nothing made sense to me. :/

Overall, I feel as though this story lacked suspense, mystery and thriller, which is everything this book is supposed to be. I found it to be very underwhelming, which is disappointing because I actually thought I would really enjoy this book.

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