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Genuine Fraud Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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More Praise for E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud:
5 STARRED REVIEWS!
“A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Captivating . . . bewitching.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.” —SLJ, Starred Review
“This thriller from the author of We Were Liars will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Intoxicating." —The Horn Book, Starred Review
Praise for E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars:
New York Times bestseller
“Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told.” —The Wall Street Journal
“[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com
“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly
“An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
About the Author
E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which is also available in a deluxe edition. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow @elockhart on Twitter.
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Right off the bat, I was enamored with the writing style, which is tight and clever, yet functional and descriptive; generally, 'Fraud' strikes that rare balance of being equally impressive and easy-to-read (to my tastes, at least). Likewise, the story is, on the whole, satisfying, with sound, well-crafted characters, an engaging plot, and an arc that manages to be both concise and complete. Another plus: the author demonstrates a perceptive intellect and some sly wit, resulting in a pleasingly smart texture. On the other hand, I felt that some parts read awkwardly, and the ending came off as somewhat murky (or so I read it, anyhow; to be fair, I might've just missed something earlier on). Thus, I can't say that the book rocked my world; nonetheless, it was certainly worthwhile, and of above-average quality in all the ways that really matter in a novel.
One thing that I liked especially, and which really upgraded the book for me, was the profound psychological subtext inhabiting the text. Namely, the story presents an object lesson in compartmentalized, double-minded thinking, and the many human questions that arise from such analysis. Through the conflicted central character and her behavior, the reader is treated to a vivid depiction of this mentality, in nuanced, realistic detail, as to dissect the condition and the complexities which govern it. Ultimately, 'Fraud's' character study is, in my view, highly relevant, regardless of its fictional nature (some of life's biggest mysteries are best captured in fiction, and this is one of them). And, considering the proliferation of such confused thinking in much of the modern world (and the often-dire consequences thereof), 'Fraud' is doubly important. As it were, we could all learn a thing or two from the book's two-faced anti-heroine.
My sincere thanks goes out to the author and her publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work.
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Some notable quotes from 'Genuine Fraud':
“'I make you drinks because it's my job. I pretend to like talking to you, because that's my job, too. You think I don't see how you look down at me? […] We're not friends, Ms. Williams. You're lying to me half the time, and I'm lying to you all the time.'” – p.18-19
“Jule was sure Imogen couldn't really love or want Forrest. He was only an idea of a boyfriend: a placeholder. Though he didn't know it, he was a temporary person, like the college kids and art students who came over for dinner and were never seen again.” – p.211
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!
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