Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart – Review

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Genuine FraudHello everyone! So, during Book Con – check out my first recap here! – I managed to pick up Genuine Fraud* by E Lockhart. It was an insane process to get to it – Penguin Teen, y’all gotta do better – and it wasn’t an anticipated release but it was the second day and I didn’t have anything else and I was going to be waiting with friends so I got it. When I read the synopsis (see below), I thought it could be interesting, key word “could”. Anyways, I read it and finished it in a day and I’ve quite a few thoughts, some of which could be spoilery?? I don’t think so but you can be the judge (lolz)….before I get into those, though, here is the synopsis for Genuine Fraud via 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.

Sounds possibly interesting right? Like it’s kind of a mystery and there’s apparently possibly superheroes/spies/villains included? HA! Nu uh. Let me explain (possible not really spoilers coming up):

Plot (D)

  • THERE WAS NONE WHAT EVEN WAS THE PLOT was it just a mystery of where is Imogen bc if so I could have read the first page and been done with it because it was so obvious
  • The synopsis of the book didn’t make much sense for what the book actually is because the synopsis actually sounds mildly interesting whereas the book is just a backwards time warp that is way too easy to predict and just *facepalm*
  • The big reveal at the end is so not that big because again, it was predictable and I knew it from the first page.
  • The only reason I read it was because it reminded me of the show Guilt on Freeform and I liked the show (WHY IS THERE NO SECOND SEASON??!?!?!) and it seemed like GF would be a bit like Guilt. Conclusion: it kind of really isn’t.

Characters (C)

  • Jule was so boring. Like from the beginning she’s such a try-hard in the way she’s written – she’s supposedly aloof and cool etc – and it does not work and it gets annoying fast. Also, she never really becomes complex. I mean sure we learn more about her but it’s more like they’re just adding things rather than deepening things and that was also a bit of a facepalm because ya need balance people….ya need both addition and depth! As well, she was an athlete and it’s mentioned on the synopsis which means it should be a Thing in the book but like it kind of wasn’t?? It was mentioned a couple times but it didn’t really mean much and it never was added more than that so why???
  • Imogen’s character was quite predictable to be honest (see the trend in predictableness???) and she was only written to have some kind of depth in like the first chapter and then that’s it.
  • The other characters mentioned in the book (I forget their names) all lacked depth too and were just *rolls eyes* as well. Like the thing with Paolo (ayyy I remembered a name!) could have been good but it wasn’t. Also, if you’ve read this book, did you also keep thinking about Paolo from the Lizzie McGuire movie because I did and that might be why I hated him a bit more than the others…..

Writing (C)

  • So the entire book is written in this backwards time lapse where the first chapter is like now. And then it goes back a while. And then a while more etc etc and IDK I thought it could have been good but it didn’t really help the mystery aspect mainly because – again – everything was easily guessable/predictable.
  • The dialogue and descriptions in the book were eh too. Like it was just average to be honest; nothing special or extraordinary about them but that’s not an inherently bad thing.

Overall, Genuine Fraud* was just not for me and, in all honesty, I think I’m just not a big fan of E Lockhart’s writing?? Other than We Were Liars* (which I wrote a review for here), I haven’t read any of her other books but I’m not really interested in doing so considering I wasn’t too fond of GF or WWL. But I guess if you like E’s other books, you’re probably used to her writing style and might like this book. I’m not sure. I’d say give it a try anyways but, for me, this wasn’t good. Regardless, have you guys read Genuine Fraud yet (or We Were Liars)? If so, what did you guys think? Let me know in the comments below!! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!


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