ARC Review // Genuine Fraud by: E. Lockhart

September 16, 2017

Hello friends! 
I'm back with another review of an ARC from ALA and let's just say it was... interesting.

I believe E. Lockhart has a couple of books out but I remember reading We Were Liars years ago and I LOVED it. There were definitely mixed reviews on it but I would push that book on people like crazy. Needless to say, I was hype for another E. Lockhart book. The synopsis sounds so mysterious and bloody good. What could possibly go wrong?!

The answer: A lot.

Genuine Fraud had all the pieces, they just weren't put into the right place. 

The book started out fine; definitely a bit confusing but I was intrigued. It's important to note that this story is told backwards. The beginning starts on chapter 18 and it goes all the way to one, then returns to 19 for the final chapter. I had to pay closer attention to what was going on so I wouldn't get confused but the format was not a turn off for me. I actually think it would have been quite cool if not for the ending. 

I think my biggest problem with the book was that I set myself up. We Were Liars had a huge plot twist at the end so I assumed that that's what we would get from Genuine Fraud... it's not. The twist was literally that she was doing exactly what she said she was doing the entire time *GASP* (I don't consider this a spoiler but if you do I'M SoRRy.)
I know, I KNOW that not all books guarantee a twist at the end but based off the direction this one was heading... I just kind of assumed. Whenever I read a thriller, mystery, or anything of the sort, there's always a part of me that's hoping that the ending will leave me d e a d. (Not literally of course but YOU GET ME).

The ending was definitely one of my biggest problems with the book. For me, at least with this book, the ending was kind of a make or break thing and it BROKE. I felt like there really wasn't a point in reading this since the ending did nothing for the story. 

But besides that I didn't really have any major problems with the story itself. The characters weren't my favorite but they were definitely interesting. I'm a sucker for characters that are kind of crazy... but they're shamelessly crazy. Our main character, Jule, was definitely that kind of crazy (if ya know what I'm saying). She goes around deceiving everyone and everything and she's damn good at it too. 

We also have Imogen who is just... eww. One of the things that irritates me most is when people with loads of money don't understand how much privilege said money gives them. (Or the people who do and use it to bully others). Imogen was both of those people simultaneously. 

I don't want to say much more because this is a book you should go into without knowing anything. Buuuut I do want to mention that just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't. There are A TON of people who absolutely loved this book. My advice is just to go into it without any expectations (especially if you've read one of E. Lockhart's previous books.)

Overall, this book was pretty meh for me (I CRY). I wanted so badly to love it but things just didn't work out. However, it could absolutely be the book for you. It's a "hate or love it" kind of situation so it's really your choice whether or not you want to take the dive.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a magical day!

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