Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Summary: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.
Do you think a person is as bad as her worst actions?…I mean, do our worst actions define us when we’re alive? Or, do you think human beings are better than the very worst things we have ever done?
E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars is one of my favorite mysteries, so I had high expectations for her next mystery Genuine Fraud. Unfortunately, however, Genuine Fraud just didn’t quite bring the suspense and intrigue that We Were Liars did.
The story follows best friends Jule and Imogen. When Imogen commits suicide, Jule travels around the world to discover why.
The main problem with the story was the lack of a sustainable plot. Despite being suspenseful and thrilling, there was no conflict or problem to add true substance to the story.
The story itself was told backwards – starting from the ending and then working towards the beginning. On one hand this technique helped to add suspense and intrigue to the story, but on the other hand it was rather confusing. Reading a story that is not written chronologically was often perplexing because the reader doesn’t know the context behind what’s happening and why.
The mystery itself was also rather disappointing. The ultimate reveal at the end was predictable and almost felt like a let-down. Additionally, the culprit’s motivation wasn’t as fleshed-out and developed as it could have been. We never got a true explanation why exactly Jule murdered Imogen, and the lack of reasoning made it hard to truly appreciate the reveal.
If you’re looking for a solid mystery, this isn’t quite up to the standard of other YA mysteries I’ve read. I’d recommend Dangerous Girls, Damage Done, or even E. Lockhart’s other novel We Were Liars instead of this. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to the high expectations I set for it.