By E. Lockhart
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Bang Bang Review: 3/4
It will be VERY difficult to review this book because the entire novel is spoiler-ama but I’ll try.
Jule is an orphan and a spy and doesn’t take crap from men. Imogen is an orphan and a heiress and doesn’t let anyone tell her how to live her life. Jule and Imogen become fast friends at Imogen’s house on Martha’s Vineyard and they become so close people tell them they even look alike. Genuine Fraud is a CHARACTER DRIVEN story about girls and friendships and self image. Notice CHARACTER DRIVEN is in all caps; that’s because this short novel does have small bursts of action but it’s dominated by Jule, Imogen, and their relationships with each other and other friends.
This book is what librarians like to call a critical read. It’s full of themes and metaphors and character studies. It’s meant to start a discussion on identity, feminism, and survival and although there are elements of suspense and thrills; it’s not the focal point. Unfortunately, it’s been described as a mystery full of suspense and twists and turns but if you are looking for a Girl on The Train or Gone Girl type of suspense, you aren’t going to find it in Genuine Fraud.
I like the subtlety of Lockhart’s writing and how she drops a sentence on you in the middle of the paragraph that leaves you yelling, “WHAT THE HELL?” I enjoyed the pacing and I thought it was written against trope. I mostly enjoyed the themes that I mentioned above and the in-depth discussion one could have with teens and adults.