Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart


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?

I love me some E. Lockhart!! I devoured her previous book We Were Liars, and picked this book up without even reading the description. That's how sure I was I would love it. And let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint!

Mistaken identity? Or something more nefarious. At one point you think there's a murder, then maybe up to four? And then no murders at all? This book kept me guessing until the very end.

Thanks to the clever backwards storytelling, you meet Imogen at the Playa Grande Resort, and work your way backwards through almost a year in her life, ending where the story begins. With each step backwards, as much as a few weeks, and as little as a few hours, you are able to unweave bits of the dark and twisted plot, until you are left shaking at the end with fury and excitement!

For My Middle Schoolers:
You may find the backwards storytelling a bit daunting, but hang with it. It starts to make sense, and you will LOVE the way the story ends!

For My High Schoolers:
OH MY GOSH GET THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW. You know who you are - you stole all of my books even remotely like this when you were in my classroom. You will obsess over this book, trust me!

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