Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart

  Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart, Delacorte Press, (9780375991844), 2017

Format: Hardcover (Library Binding)

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Suspense

What did you like about the book?  We first meet Jules in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where we learn she is on the run from someone or something.  Jules fancies herself a superhero complete with her own origin story. The narrative starts in Mexico and travels backwards through time and place. Jules had been in London and before that she was in Martha’s Vineyard with her high school friend, the upper-class and privileged Imogen Sokoloff. But who is Jules really?  Why do Imogen’s other friends distrust her and find her odd?  Why does she seem to be taking over Immie’s life?  Each time the narrative moves backward, another layer of the mystery is peeled away, until the final pages when the reader discovers the whole truth.  This is a can’t put down book of suspense filled with well-developed characters.  It is a story of class and identity starring a true antihero.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Lockhart’s We Are Liars and fans of thrillers and suspense will find this one hard to put down.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/25/17             


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