Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social ch ...more
At first, I was liking it. Lockhart has cooled off with the metaphors and weird writing here, making it much more to my tastes stylistically. The book opens at the end of the story with Jule clearly on the run. She dresses up in disguise, calls herself "Imogen" and flees at the first sign her cover has been blown. The sto ...more
THIS BOOK IS A TRIP, MAN. I definitely struggled a bit with this read. It's not exactly my cup of tea but I think it is so unique and genius that it has to get a good rating from me.
I really enjoyed the first two chapters of this book. E. Lockhart has a very sophisticated writing that can be hard for me to jump into, but the beginning was so intriguing with a girl on the run that I just wanted to read more. Then by the third chapter . . . we're back in time. Essen ...more
It pains me to say this because I was blown away by We Were Liars. It's in my TOP 10. But this is like someone else wrote it. Okay, I could feel a certain similarity in the plot twist, but it's nowhere near We Were Liars.
I read several reviews, and it seems that pretty often people who liked We Were Liars were disappointed by this one. But on the other hand, people who were not impressed by We Were Liars ...more
I was let down.
I didn’t really get it. When I finished it I asked myself “Why?” and there was no good answer. The author tries to explain her inspiration in an Author’s Note at the end, but it seems like what she was trying to do didn’t end up with a full, cohesive, and complete story.
The book had its moments and part way through I thought that maybe the interesting format was going to play out into an awesome “AH HA!” moment. But, not really . ...more
However that didn't lessen my enjoyment of it. I did fall apart a bit because the book is basically told backwards. Which I get!! It's a common thriller-thing ...more
- I didn’t like the writing style of this book and whilst it’s a nice idea to write a book from the ending to the beginning this stylistic device didn’t work out for me. At least not when it comes to “Genuine Fraud”. (I’m sure some people will beg to differ but it’s just the way I felt after reading the book.)
- Wh ...more
[Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. Jule is an athlete, a social chameleon and a fighter. An intense friendship, murders, bad romances. How many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge].
I dare say both Imogen and Jule are two of the most complex and fascinating characters I’ve ever read about. This is narrated in the third person, but don’t be fooled, the narration is completely unreliable and I loved it. It kept me guessing 99.9% of t ...more
First things first: I KNOW a lot of people are going to be comparing this to We Were Liars. Genuine Fraud is a very different nov ...more
The book goes from chapter 18 to 1, so as you read, more of the story uncovers itself.. which I thought was genius for this book. I will say, ...more
The story is written backwards in time starting at chapter eighteen through to chapter one and then ending at nineteen. Although I didn't initially have a problem with this after you stop the book and then pick it up again, it can become slightly confusing especially since the story evolves around two characters that from the start, you realise one is pretending to be the other. I don't know ...more
Second, I love unlikeable characters.
This book tells the story of Jules and Imogen and it starts at the end.
Yes, at the end. On Chapter 18 where we find Jules living lavishly in a hotel in Mexico. However, she is being followed and afraid of being discovered. Then the story goes back to the beginning and that's how we learn how she got to that point.
I cannot say much about the plot without going into spoilers but I enjoyed the novel. It is full of privileged a ...more
I was grabbed by the first handful of pages. So much so that I had to go to checkout for a second time and buy this book - even though I'm sure it's much more affordable online.
Then I got home and later stayed up until the wee ...more
“She didn't know if she could love her own mangled, strange heart. She wanted someone else to do it for her, to see it beating behind her ribs and to say, I can see your true self. It is there, and it is rare and worthy. I love you.”
lets start with the few thi ...more
From what I recall, this was the first book that I read and was written in reverse chronological order, and let me tell you, it took me some time to get into the story. But this wasn't a minus for me, because often I find myself in this situation. This was my second E. Lockhart read, after "The Boyfriend List" and before "We Were Liars".
I find her writing style very hooking, so I decided to give it a try for her other titles as well. What I like the most at her writing,...more
Well, this certainly was a heck of a lot darker than I ever anticipated.
The only other E. Lockhart novel I have ever read was We Were Liars, which I loved. It was a contemporary YA mystery taking place on a secluded island and following a girl who has lost her memory as she navigates complicat ...more
Okay, but let’s put my weirdness aside for a bit and talk about le book.
So, so, so, so, this mystery book works backwards, which I thought was absolutely GENIUS and entirely confusing, but still very genius. The main character Jules, is the baddest b*tch around but she also needs therapy. Like, lots of therapy. Maybe even institutionalize her, just…anyways
Telling the story backwards remin ...more
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chame ...more
She really seemed to grasp the need for creepier and darker things for messed-up-in-the-head people like me and I was really excited to read this with my book club, The Cheerful Wednesdays. We all were actually, because we all loved her and wanted to see some of her brain-children.
But, sadly... I did not enjoy this book.
So the boo ...more
You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.
I don't really want to tell you what the book is about, because I think any little detail could be a potential spoiler, ...more
Let me start off by saying that this was an entertaining book that had the POTENTIAL to be a really slick and great YA thriller.
It was one of those books that slithered into you and compelled to read forward with lots of action, mystery and superficially interesting characters.
It was like going into one of those whimsical gift stores in tourist trap seaside towns where everything looks glamorous, unique and is exquisitely overpriced. You take that one of a kind s ...more
This is a story told in reverse chronological order which is a clever tactic and if done well, can be great! This story however just didn't pack the punch i wanted it to. I didn't really like the characters, i didn't enjoy the plot and i found everything to be far too vague without any pay off - the ending especially. ...more
Dear Emily Lockhart, this was pretty much a love at first chapter. Actually, it started even before that. As soon as I saw that the book starts with Chapter 18 and goes down to 1, ending with 19. I knew it then...I'd found my favorite book of 2018. Just when a bookaholic thinks she's seen it all...
It's clear early on that the leading lady, Jule, is in trouble. How big and why is to unravel against the clock. But if she gets away we only find o ...more
Overall, a quick and pretty interesting read to checkout! ...more
Genuine Fraud was nothing like We Wer ...more
Totally took me by surprise. Enjoyed the female protagonist who was physically strong and muscular (with no descriptors such as "manly" and "built like a racehorse" - phew!). Backwards storytelling was used well. Had an issue with a phrase that was used, especially since lady empowerment is a big theme in this book and that phrase was super whaaaaat? to me. Overall, much improved over We Were Liars. ...more
I liked it, but I feel like it wasn't done very well. The timeline definitely muddied up the book, and I could have used at least another 50 pages describing everything and everyone better.
I can totally understand how this is not a book for everyone. I still think it's a solid 3 stars. ...more
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