Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Book Review



I’m not going to talk about onions and ogres but the layers that you uncover about Jules runs deep.

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Okay, maybe I’m not the sharpest so the ending did throw me for a loop. If you’ve read Lockhart’s We Were Liars it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the twist is in the title. But I hesitate to quickly dismiss it as a cheap trick. There were many clever nods revealing Jules’ true identity interwoven with character dynamics. At the surface, we don’t know what her motives are but we are suspicious. Others around her will sometimes make odd comments regarding her past and it isn’t until the end that the readers fully realize the entire scope.

The chapters are also ordered in reverse. So at first it may be disorienting, but that just makes the reveal all the more thrilling. I found it entertaining to read about these rich young kids and how they justified their lifestyle. Meaning they took it for granted and didn’t think twice about their privilege. No one works as they take long stretches of time to hone their crafts and find themselves. This is made possible by the support of their parents and the limitless amount of funds in order to write the next great American novel. It doesn’t occurs to them that they don’t risk as much to take internships paying in “experience”. In contrast, it makes you sympathize with Jules because she’s presented as this hard worker even though the work may be…illegal.

There are some remarks that I found out of place at first, however, this book lends itself to be reread. It’s fun to see all the pieces there knowing that the reason the readers were deceived was not because of poor writing. I was given a chance to figure it out and to be one step behind feels like I was properly duped, not cheated out of something so simple. Give this a read if you’re in the mood for a story about a girl doing whatever it takes.

If you liked this book, I suggest the movie Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal!


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