Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart – ⭐
Had given up on this, but Jk I finished it anyway. Didn’t get better – still left thinking “What? But why?” There seems to be a serious lack of motive established throughout this, that ends up leaving a hole.
Stay away if you want events that have a coherent order, characters with clear (or any) motivation, or a story that’s unique and unpredictable – because the surprise is pretty clearly predictable from early on
If you want a solid one from E. Lockheart, take a look at We Were Liars instead, which I loved!
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.
I almost abandoned this. I even moved it to my “Attempted” shelf. But then I was on the train and had to stand, so this book on my phone was my only reading option for that half hour.
To clarify, I didn’t hate this book, despite it’s one star. I just did not enjoy it, though clearly many do. Though I can appreciate non-linear stories, this one got quite confusing, jumping all over in time and in location, to the point where I really could’t give you a straight placement of events, just a general “before this, after that” or them. This ended up leaving some holes for me, and some questions still unanswered as to why some things were mentioned or happened.
One other main issue was that I didn’t like or understand any of the characters. They all seemed to be portrayed as one thing, and then the complete opposite, in a way that didn’t build them up very well but just made them seem inconsistently thought out. Our MC – I have no idea what her deal is. Maybe that was intentional? When combined with the confusing timeline method I can’t tell though, and it has left it feeling a bit messy.
I know there’s supposed to be a twist, but it wasn’t a twist for me. The twist I have is that I actually finished the book.
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