Book Review – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Hello Bookworms, if you are looking for a new YA mystery novel, then this book is for you!

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller.

Rating:   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (4/5 stars)

Publisher: Published September 5th 2017 by Delacorte Press

Length: Hardcover, 262 page

Summary: 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.(Goodreads)

Recommendation: Well… where should I start? once again, a book has left me speechless! Genuine Fraud is a very bizarre, and entertaining read. I have never read a book written in reverse-chronological order, and to be honest I don’t think I ever want to do it again. But I do believe it worked well with this novel. Essentially, the book is being told backwards. It starts with the main character, Jules, and she is in the middle of a huge mess. But how did she get there? So the writing style allows the reader to slowly uncover the truth, and connect it to the result as the book progresses. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. After such a mysterious plot, the ending seemed very underwhelming and left me unsatisfied. I would recommend this novel to the ages of 15-18.

A little about the author: E. Lockhart is the author of Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels. (website: (Goodreads)

Praise for Genuine Fraud

“[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” –

“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 Timesbestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars


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