Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Stars: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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I was so excited when I heard that E. Lockhart had a new book out that is inspired by The Talented Mr. Ripley. I loved We Were Liars, and The Talented Mr. Ripley is such an interesting story that I haven’t seen retold before. However, as I was reading, I noticed that there isn’t actually much difference between the two stories. If you are familiar with The Talented Mr. Ripley, I wouldn’t recommend Genuine Fraud, as the plot won’t come as much of a shock.

What is interesting about Genuine Fraud is the use of reverse chronological order. The book starts with the ending and ends with the beginning, and this could have been really cool if it didn’t take away from the story itself. Because most of the action is at the beginning, the book falls flat near the end. I found the reverse chronology to be confusing as well, since there are so many jumps backwards. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was lost, and I had forgotten most of what the ending (or the beginning in this case) was explaining.

This book was well written, and it definitely has a lot of potential, but it just wasn’t for me. If you enjoy books written with reverse chronology, you may really enjoy this one. I had such high hopes for Genuine Fraud, and I’m disappointed that it wasn’t as enjoyable as E. Lockhart’s other books.

8 thoughts on “Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

  1. Marie says:

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear you were a bit disappointed by this book. I really liked Lockhart’s books so far, and if I’m curious about this one, I’m also super nervous because of the way the story is told, with this reverse chronological order… I’m scared that it would be super confusing for me. I’ll have to think about it, thank you for the lovely review! 🙂

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  2. alilovesbooks says:

    I think I definitely benefited from not having read The Talented Mr Ripley as I had no idea where it was going. Having watched the film last night I can see there are a lot of similarities.

    I liked the reverse order, it just raised so many questions although I will admit to some flicking back and forth.

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  3. kozbisa says:

    The reviews for this book are killing me, because I was soo excited for new Lockhart, but this one is not getting the best buzz. I have put it off for months, but I vow to read it before the end of the year anyhow.

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  4. Kelly says:

    I thought the reverse chronological order was one of the coolest things about this book. I’m not going to lie, when I first read it, I was kind of bothered by the way things went backward the way they did, but it grew on me after a while and I thought it made the story more unique. I wasn’t a fan of We Were Liars, but I really liked this one – it was different. I’m sorry this fell a bit short for you, though!

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