Genuine Fraud

E. Lockhart

Shelfie Score: 41%

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Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.
Pages: 320


From the author of the unforgettable bestseller WE WERE LIARS comes a suspenseful new psychological thriller - 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, disgui...

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Savannah Wallace

My review was originally posted on my Tumblr book blog:

Sell Me in a Sentence: The Talented Mr. Ripley meets the 21st century meets third wave feminism.

Summary: Oh gosh, this is such a hard one to summarize without giving anything away.

The main character’s name is Jule. She has the unique ability to easily take on identities. There’s also a character called Imogen, who has a special connection with Jule. That’s all I should really tell you.

Review: It’s been bumming me out that this book has been so badly reviewed. I’m a huge E. Lockhart fan; her books prominently influenced my feminism as a high schooler. Without her novels and my 12th grade English teacher, I would never have felt as free to be independent and opinionated. She writes very insightful stories about young women’s performances of gender and sexuality.

This is not my favorite E. Lockhart (that would be The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - I love me some boarding school novels). I know this has also been accused of being a copy of The Talented Mr. Ripley, which I’ve never read. With that being said, I liked this story and enjoyed the unusual format. It always kept me guessing and leafing back and forth between pages to pick on subtle references or hints. Although the character of Jule is not likable, her voice is one that resonated with me in some ways, particularly when she discussed loneliness, hurt, or friendship. I didn’t end this book feeling hopeful or empathetic for Jule either, but she continually defies all the expectations set upon her and that’s what makes her a refreshing, dynamic character to me.

I hope that E. Lockhart continues to write more psychological thrillers in the future, as she is great at building excitement and suspense (We Were Liars fans know this too). I think what typifies an E. Lockhart novel is a character who grapples with a suffocating patriarchal culture and tries to become fully realized, self-sufficient person. With that trending theme, that makes any E. Lockhart book a must read for me.

I give Genuine Fraud a 4.00001 out of 5 stars!


Bookaxe Characteristics for Genuine Fraud

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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