Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
From Delacorte: 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.
Thank you to PRHC for sending me this finished copy in exchange for my own review.
My Review: GENUINE FRAUD is an engrossing story told in reverse chronological order about a bizarre friendship of two orphans gone wrong. Immie was adopted by a wealthy couple, a globetrotter worth millions she cycles thru relationships. Jule, raised by her aunt, barely scrapes by and is a mastermind proud of her physical strength and street smarts.
Opening up at Chapter 18 Jule West Williams is living a first class lifestyle in a posh Cabo San Lucas hotel pretending to be her best friend Imogen Sokoloff. A cop catches up with her and Jule pays the bartender to help her leave town. Outside of the confines of the hotel the bartender extorts more money from her and Jule physically assaults him and runs. From here the story is told in flashbacks spanning the past year of Jule and Immie’s friendship jetsetting across Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico, New York, London, California and Mexico.
I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling the plot but I can tell you this book is twisty, gripping and a total thriller! I was left wide-eyed wondering ‘wtf’ just happened?!
What I Liked:
- Twisted plot
- Murder. And more murder.
- Strong women.
- World travel.
- Living the high life and not having to work!
What I Didn’t Like:
- The reverse chronological order was confusing at times.
- This read more like new adult rather than YA.
- Unlikeable characters – all of them.
- Dim-witted cops – if I ever go missing I hope the intelligent ones are assigned my case!
Overall: GENUINE FRAUD is unique and really well written. Lockhart spares no detail in her richly developed characters and plot that packs a punch!