Genuine Fraud by E. LockhartGenuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud

byE. Lockhart

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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"A brilliant, twisty thriller--I loved it!" KAREN M. MCMANUS, bestselling author of One of Us is Lying

From the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes a mind-bending, New York Times bestselling thriller told in reverse.


"Compulsively readable." —Entertainment Weekly


"An addictive and shocking feminist thriller." —Lena Dunham

Imogen lives at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She spends her days working out in the hotel gym and telling other guests how she was forced out of Stanford.

But Imogen isn't really Imogen. She's Jule. And she's on the run from something. Or someone. Which means . . . where is the real Imogen?

Rewind: Jule and Imogen are the closest of friends. Obsessed with each other, even. Imogen is an orphan, an heiress; she and Jule spend a summer together in a house on Martha's Vineyard, sharing secrets they'd never reveal to another soul.

But that was months ago. Where is Immie now? And why is Jule using her name?
 
"You will devour it." —Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay

Fans of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars will love this . . . and definitely won’t see the ending coming.”  —HelloGiggles.com
 
“Tangled secrets, diabolical lies and, ultimately, a mind-blowing outcome are crafted with the plotted precision we expect (and love!) from E. Lockhart.” —Justine Magazine
 
“Moves at a breakneck speed.”Marie Claire
 
“As with E. Lockhart's previous novel, the best-selling "We Were Liars," [readers] will likely finish the last page and flip right back to the beginning to search for clues they missed.” —Chicago Tribune
E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which is also available in a deluxe edition. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriend...
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Title:Genuine FraudFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:288 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385744773

ISBN - 13:9780385744775

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from For those who havent read Talented Mr. Ripley This may be a really interesting character story. Some interesting observations, crisp prose and a dose of moral ambiguity
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, But Bad Ending I really loved reading this book! It was done in such an interesting way! The only thing I didn't like was that the book just seemed to end. It was a HUGE disappointment.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very different book. Definitely worth the read! This book will keep you guessing right to the end. The protagonist is not a lovable character. And what you might think is happening, may not be. Or it might. It’s hard to tell. This was a mystery, suspense that had so many twists and turns it was impossible to guess what would happen next. And it all revolved around Imogen and Jules. When the truth is exposed, it will blow your mind. A very different book. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Mind Twisting Book Told In REVERSE “She became the kind of woman it would be a great mistake to underestimate.” I LOVED E. Lockart’s We Were Liars. It’s been FIVE YEARS since I read the book and I AM STILL SHOCKED about the ending because it was twenty different kinds of insane and I LOVED IT. Which is why I was SO excited to see Genuine Fraud sitting in some surprise bookmail from Bloomsbury India – it sounded (from all the raving reviews I’d read) that this was another masterpiece and I dove in as soon as I could. Let’s break it down: WRITING: E. Lockhart’s writing has only IMPROVED since when she wrote We Were Liars with every word and chapter dripping in suspense. The short, disjointed sentences give you a little information and make twenty other questions pop up in your head, which is exactly the intended effect. E. Lockhart and Genuine Fraud really manage to pull you in and leave you SO DESPERATE for answers that your only solution is to binge the whole thing. (P.S: I took all of a DAY to read this book.) IDEA AND STRUCTURE: Genuine Fraud IS TOLD IN REVERSE. It was a disorienting experience that somehow managed to work PERFECTLY for this book, keeping the mystery alive and keeping the reader guessing. It pieced things together in REVERSE, talking about a murder (or two) and a social chameleon. I loved seeing the unravelling of Jule and Imogen and the STRUCTURE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS BOOK. PLOT: I loved the plot of this book. I probably wouldn’t have loved it as much if it wasn’t structured the way it was, but everything managed to work in the most unconventional way possible. I loved trying to understand Jule and predicting her next move (and failing.) I did spend most of this book ANTICIPATING a jaw dropping end like We Were Liars had, because this is one of the books that NEEDS one of those endings. And yet, the unfinished, vague and NORMAL note on which this book ended was the ONE thing I didn’t like about it all. I guess I WAS hoping for a deeper motivation / reason for everything happening but after over 250 pages of sitting at the edge of my seat, unsure of what came next (or before, depending on how you look at it) the actual ending was SUCH A LET DOWN. CHARACTERS: The more I found out about the characters, as I went back in time with E. Lockhart piecing this book together in reverse, I STILL feel like I don’t know either of the two main characters. I didn’t fall in love with either of them, but I do like them. I admire them, but I don’t know them. Thinking about Jule, Imogen (or even Forrest, Brooke and Patti) leave me very confused. CONCLUSION: This book is definitely one of the better mysteries I’ve read in a while and you should DEFINITELY pick it up. Genuine Fraud is about an heiress and a social chameleon told in REVERSE and there is murder and romance and WHAT MORE ARE YOU LOOKING FOR, REALLY? I only wished the ending was done better. 4 stars.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I'd hoped Whenever I start an E. Lockhart book, I'm never quite sure what I'm going to get. I can always bank on an unpredictable plot and a unique story telling format, but there is always a sense of uncertainty. I loved the countdown chapter format. Similarly with Megan Miranda's All the Missing Girls, it was fun and interesting to see how the characters got to where they were by the end of each chapter, and then being able to piece the whole story together by the end. I would've loved to feel more connected to the characters or the story as a whole, like I did with We Were Liars - I unexpectedly sobbed like a baby at the end of that story - but sadly, I never did. I was, however, quite impressed with Jule's ability to pull off all these schemes and her abilities as a chameleon, although she's completely off the rails. Sad I didn't like this more, but I'll obviously be on the look out for E. Lockhart's next book!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, but definitely not everyone's cup of tea I really enjoyed the structure of this book -- though it's definitely not for everyone. I'm a huge fan of E. Lockhart, but I wouldn't say this was one of my favourite novels of her. I feel like I still have some questions about the storyline that weren't answered.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good i find that you have to read this book in one go if you don't want to get confused. but overall, i enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INTERESTING Devoured E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud in 1.5 days Good thing I read it quickly, or it could have gotten very confusing - as the book starts at Chapter 18 and works it way backward. Not my typical sort of read - reminded me of The Talented Mr. Ripley but more modern. Nothing like her other novel I fell in love with, We Are Liars.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so weird i loved we were liars but this was just too much unexplained drama
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Begins at the end... 3.5 E. Lockhart had a New York Times bestseller with her 2014 YA novel, We Were Liars. Her latest book is Genuine Fraud. Lockhart starts her book with the ending. Jule is alone in a Baja resort, enjoying life - doing whatever she want when she wants. Then a woman appears, asking Jule about herself. Jule gives her name is Imogen. But the appearance of this woman triggers fight or flight response in Jule. Why? Is she in hiding or on the run? Who is she - Jule or Imogen? And it is that last question that drives the book. "If only she could go back in time, Jule felt, she would be a better person. Or a different person. She would be more herself. Or maybe less herself. She didn't know which, because she didn't any longer know what shape her own self was, or whether there was really no Jule at all, bu only a series of selves she presented for different contexts. Were all people like that, with no true self? Or was it only Jule?" Lockhart's timeline as I mentioned, starts with the ending and weaves it way back to the beginning. I was curious to find out about Imogen. Who is she and why is Jule pretending to be her? Who is Jule really? Initially I was quite intrigued, but as the book progressed, I found myself growing somewhat bored with Jule's repetitive deceptions. What is truth and what is fiction are inextricably intertwined. I also found myself predicting what the beginning (end) would reveal. Turns out I was right - and slightly disappointed. I think I was perhaps expecting a twist such as the one in We Were Liars. I found the timeline used a bit confusing. But it did mirror Jule's mind. Lockhart's descriptions of that mind's inner workings were quite chilling.... "Her mind was cinematic. She looked superb in the light from the streetlamps. After the fight, her cheeks were flushed. Bruises were forming underneath her clothes, but her hair looked excellent. And oh, her clothes were so very flattering. Yes, it was true that she was criminally violent. Brutal, even. But that was her job and she was uniquely qualified for it, so it was sexy." Genuine Fraud echoes some actual cases and some other mystery works of fiction - The Talented Mr. Ripley comes to mind. But at the end Genuine Fraud was just an okay read for me.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yikes... A friend of mine had an arc of this novel that I ended up borrowing because I've heard such great things about "We Were Liars", Lockharts previous novel. I thought it'd be a fun, new way of getting to know her novel and her writing style. First off, her writing style is like clawing your nails on a chalk board. I don't know if it was the concept itself that I was attracted to or, the actual writing but it wasn't enjoyable...At the end of the novel I was surprised to see so many correlations with a previous novel my father actually read...I am not going to say she "copied" because plagiarism and the accusation of it is huge in the book-community but there was lots of similar concepts...Lots...I just think this lacked uniqueness and originality...Too bad because I was excited for ride on the fan-train.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the best This was a good book. The writing was very good. But I couldn't help thinking about the Talented Mr . Ripley the whole time. I realize the author says inspiration came from that, however I feel this was not all that original.. As if I were reading a story that I read before. I didn't find anything particularly shocking.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I was able to get my hands on an ARC version of the novel and after reading We Were Liars, I was excited. It is definitely a quick read and is mildly interesting! It's a well rounded novel however, for me, it was not memorable.
Date published: 2017-08-23

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Begin here:     Third week in June, 2017   Cabo San Lucas, Mexico       It was a bloody great hotel.   The minibar in Jule’s room stocked potato chips and four different chocolate bars. The bathtub had bubble jets. There was an endless supply of fat towels and liquid gardenia soap. In the lobby, an elderly gentleman played Gershwin on a grand piano at four each afternoon. You could get hot clay skin treatments, if you didn’t mind strangers touching you. Jule’s skin smelled like chlorine all day.   The Playa Grande Resort in Baja had white curtains, white tile, white carpets, and explosions of lush white flowers. The staff members were nurselike in their white cotton garments. Jule had been alone at the hotel for nearly four weeks now. She was eighteen years old.   This morning, she was running in the Playa Grande gym. She wore custom sea-green shoes with navy laces. She ran without music. She had been doing intervals for nearly an hour when a woman stepped onto the treadmill next to her.   This woman was younger than thirty. Her black hair was in a tight ponytail, slicked with hair spray. She had big arms and a solid torso, light brown skin, and a dusting of powdery blush on her cheeks. Her shoes were down at the heels and spattered with old mud.   No one else was in the gym.   Jule slowed to a walk, figuring to leave in a minute. She liked privacy, and she was pretty much done, anyway.   “You training?” the woman asked. She gestured at Jule’s digital readout. “Like, for a marathon or something?” The accent was Mexican American. She was probably a New Yorker raised in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.   “I ran track in secondary school. That’s all.” Jule’s own speech was clipped, what the British call BBC English.   The woman gave her a penetrating look. “I like your accent,” she said. “Where you from?”   “London. St. John’s Wood.”   “New York.” The woman pointed to herself.   Jule stepped off the treadmill to stretch her quads.   “I’m here alone,” the woman confided after a moment. “Got in last night. I booked this hotel at the last minute. You been here long?”   “It’s never long enough,” said Jule, “at a place like this.”   “So what do you recommend? At the Playa Grande?”   Jule didn’t often talk to other hotel guests, but she saw no harm in answering. “Go on the snorkel tour,” she said. “I saw a bloody huge moray eel.”   “No kidding. An eel?”   “The guide tempted it with fish guts he had in a plastic milk jug. The eel swam out from the rocks. It must have been eight feet long. Bright green.”   The woman shivered. “I don’t like eels.”   “You could skip it. If you scare easy.”   The woman laughed. “How’s the food? I didn’t eat yet.”   “Get the chocolate cake.”   “For breakfast?”   “Oh, yeah. They’ll bring it to you special, if you ask.”   “Good to know. You traveling alone?”   “Listen, I’m gonna jet,” said Jule, feeling the conversation had turned personal. “Cheerio.” She headed for the door.   “My dad’s crazy sick,” the woman said, talking to Jule’s back. “I’ve been looking after him for a long time.”   A stab of sympathy. Jule stopped and turned.   “Every morning and every night after work, I’m with him,” the woman went on. “Now he’s finally stable, and I wanted to get away so badly I didn’t think about the price tag. I’m blowing a lot of cash here I shouldn’t blow.”   “What’s your father got?”   “MS,” said the woman. “Multiple sclerosis? And dementia. He used to be the head of our family. Very macho. Strong in all his opinions. Now he’s a twisted body in a bed. He doesn’t even know where he is half the time. He’s, like, asking me if I’m the waitress.”   “Damn.”   “I’m scared I’m gonna lose him and I hate being with him, both at the same time. And when he’s dead and I’m an orphan, I know I’m going to be sorry I took this trip away from him, d’you know?” The woman stopped running and put her feet on either side of the treadmill. She wiped her eyes with the back of her hand. “Sorry. Too much information.”   “S’okay.”   “You go on. Go shower or whatever. Maybe I’ll see you around later.”   The woman pushed up the arms of her long-sleeved shirt and turned to the digital readout of her treadmill. A scar wound down her right forearm, jagged, like from a knife, not clean like from an operation. There was a story there.   “Listen, do you like to play trivia?” Jule asked, against her better judgment.   A smile. White but crooked teeth. “I’m excellent at trivia, actually.”   “They run it every other night in the lounge downstairs,” said Jule. “It’s pretty much rubbish. You wanna go?”   “What kind of rubbish?”   “Good rubbish. Silly and loud.”   “Okay. Yeah, all right.”   “Good,” said Jule. “We’ll kill it. You’ll be glad you took a vacation. I’m strong on superheroes, spy movies, YouTubers, fitness, money, makeup, and Victorian writers. What about you?”   “Victorian writers? Like Dickens?”   “Yeah, whatever.” Jule felt her face flush. It suddenly seemed an odd set of things to be interested in.   “I love Dickens.”   “Get out.”   “I do.” The woman smiled again. “I’m good on Dickens, cooking, current events, politics . . . let’s see, oh, and cats.”   “All right, then,” said Jule. “It starts at eight o’clock in that lounge off the main lobby. The bar with sofas.”   “Eight o’clock. You’re on.” The woman walked over and extended her hand. “What’s your name again? I’m Noa.”   Jule shook it. “I didn’t tell you my name,” she said. “But it’s Imogen.”    

Editorial Reviews

More Praise for E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud:5 STARRED REVIEWS!"A brilliant, twisty thriller--I loved it!" --Karen M. McManus, bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying"Fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars will love this . . . and definitely won't see the ending coming." --HelloGiggles.com"Tangled secrets, diabolical lies and, ultimately, a mind-blowing outcome are crafted with the plotted precision we expect (and love!) from E. Lockhart." --Justine Magazine"The coming-of-age plot and complicated friendship between its two main characters make Genuine Fraud seem like it could be Girls for a younger set." --Vanity Fair"A sophisticated, emotionally literate whodunit." --The Guardian"As with E. Lockhart's previous novel, the bestselling We Were Liars, [readers] will likely finish the last page and flip right back to the beginning to search for clues they missed." --Chicago Tribune"If there are two things you can count on E. Lockhart for it's badass ladies and killer atmosphere--Genuine Fraud has both in droves." --Bustle“A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of.” —PW, Starred Review“Captivating . . . bewitching.” —Booklist, Starred Review“An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.” —SLJ, Starred Review“This thriller from the author of We Were Liars will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"Intoxicating." —The Horn Book, Starred Review