AUTHOR: E. Lockhart
GENRE: Young Adult/Mystery
PUBLISHING DATE: September 5, 2017
PAGES: 264 [Hardcover]
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
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
*THIS BOOK IS TOLD IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!*
I try not to read reviews before I read the book, I get nervous someone will spoil something. However, it would have been particularly helpful to know that this book was told in reverse chronological order BEFORE starting. Yes, each chapter is clearly dated; But with all of the flashbacks and childhood stories, I was still lost and disconnected for the first 50 pages or so.
Once I realized the organization of Genuine Fraud, I easily immersed myself into the story of Imogen & Jule’s friendship. The book starts out with Jule, who tells people that her name is Imogen, in a luxurious island resort. When she realizes that someone has found her, she runs.
As story unfolds, in reverse, the reader begins to understand why Jule tells people her name is Imogen, how she affords to stay in resorts for weeks on end, and why she is on the run.
Overall, I enjoyed Genuine Fraud. However, while the organization of the story is unique, the fact that the story is told in reverse eliminates most of the suspense. It becomes clear what happened early on but I continued to read anxiously as Jule’s character and several violent events transpire. Lastly, the ending did not satisfy several of my unanswered questions.
I read Lockhart’s novel, We Were Liars, earlier this year (click to read my review). I was relieved to find that Lockhart dropped her overuse of metaphors in Genuine Fraud. Lockhart has proved her ability to deliver interesting characters and plots.
If you’re interested in reading other books told in reverse chronological order, check out All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.
MY NEXT READ: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor