Genuine Fraud

Genuine Fraud

Book - 2017
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Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2017]
Edition: Trade hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385744775
Branch Call Number: Y LOC
Characteristics: 263 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Sep 20, 2018

I picked this book after reading and loving We were liars. Another great read written by E. Lockhart. A young adult version of The talented Mr. Ripley.

Jul 11, 2018

Genuine Fraud is a book unlike any I have ever read before. The reverse chronological order is definitely not something I'm used to. The biggest problem I had with this book was the inability for me to relate. It's difficult for me to understand the main character, which makes it hard for me to enjoy this book. I also don't usually read thrillers, so the direction this book went into was surprising for me. I recommend this book if you like thrillers.

Jul 11, 2018

This book was written in a format I've never seen before, so it was definitely a new experience reading. However, while the story was intriguing throughout, I found the characters not to be as relatable as I would have liked. Being as the characters were not as relatable and therefore not as understandable, some of their actions were questionable. All in all, this book was a completely new and fresh for me and it had quite an exciting, gripping story line as well.

JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

In a small way, I think it's unfortunate that Lockhart is so well known for We Were Liars, to which this will inevitably be compared, because I think it has more in common with her earlier (and superior, in my mind) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Of course, this has a reverse chronology to set it apart from either and is more of a psychological suspense thriller than they are. It reads fast. It keeps offering reveals that add layers to the characters, especially main character (heroic protagonist? that's up to the reader to decide) Jule. And, along the way, it offers commentary on gender roles, class differences, and society. This book is both highly entertaining and thoughtful.

Mar 18, 2018

At first I found this book really fascinating, with the unreliable narrator and wild plot. But the main character went unredeemed and I didn't like her or empathize with her. The other huge problem with this book is that it reminded me way too much of The Talented Mr. Ripley.

LoganLib_Kirra Jan 22, 2018

Genuine Fraud was a great YA thriller because the main character Jules was a fantastic, complex character and her bestfriend Imogen was a fascinating trainwreck. There was plenty of twists and moments that made you realise each action was building up to revealing the overall picture at the end of the book. You'll definitely be surprised at a bunch of things in this book and I'd love the heightening drama and twists throughout. I'd recommend this book to all thriller lovers that love the gritty, wild side of people that get pushed over the edge.

Jan 22, 2018

I liked this book! I picked it up because I loved We Were Liars. It is suspenseful and kept me very intrigued. I loved how the story a was told in reverse sequence. It was a little tricky getting used to it but I thought it really added to the story.

Cynthia_N Nov 10, 2017

This book is rather unique. It's written backwards. The chapters are numbered backwards. You find out the information backwards. I enjoyed this mystery and I hear it is going to be made into a movie. I found the main character's ability to change herself intriguing and it made more sense as the story progressed... or is it regressed??

Oct 22, 2017

This was a dissappintment after reading "we were liars." I absolutely loved Liars, but this one fell short. There were some similarities in the communication style of Jule and Palo to Gat and Cadence, but other than that I found the book unsurprising and the characters un-relatable. Maybe if I'd red this before "we were liars", I'd like it more.

JCLMeganK Sep 27, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Lockhart's writing style flows easily, the main characters are intriguing, and the suspense in this story makes you want to keep reading. I finished this book in one night! If you read her other suspense novel "We Were Liars" and enjoyed that, there's a good chance you'll like this one too.

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JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

"Every place has rules. What you do when you come into a new place is, you figure them out. Like when you're a guest, you learn the codes of behavior and adapt. Yes?"

"Maybe that's what you do."

"That's what everyone does. You work out how loud you can talk, how you can sit, what things are okay to say and what's rude. It's called being a human in society."

"Nah." Forrest crossed his legs in a leisurely fashion. "I'm not that fake. I just do what feels right to me. And you know what? It's never been a problem, until now."

"Because you're you."

"What does that mean?"

"You're a guy. You come from money, you're white, you have really good teeth, you graduated from Yale, the list goes on."


"Other people adapt to you, a**hole. You think there's no adapting going on, but you're f***ing blind, Forrest. It's all around you, all the time."

JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

"I think you're wrong about the American Dream," said Jule.

"No, I'm not. Why?"

"The American dream is to be an action hero."


"Americans like to fight wars," said Jule. "We want to change laws or break them. We like vigilantes. We're crazy about them, right? Superheroes and the Taken movies and whatever. We're all about heading out west and grabbing land from people who had it before. Slaughtering the so-called bad guys and fighting the system. That's the American dream."

JCLChrisK Jun 13, 2018

The dedication: For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury.

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