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.
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Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Young Adult. Crime.
I liked Genuine Fraud. The presentation of the story is unique; it's told backwards, and is as uncomplicated as a book like this can truly be. There were no moments where I was confused with the story-line, although I did question if this execution would lead to more questions than answers in the end. Luckily, when I got there, I had a full grasp and understanding as to what was happening so I was satisfied. On the downside, I really couldn't connect with Jule as a character. She had a lot of layers and none of them "spoke" to me as a reader. One of the other things that drove me to give this book 3 stars rather than 4 is that I am not really interested in novels that depict frauds. I knew this going into the book but since I really enjoyed We Were Liars I knew I had to read this one regardless of my tastes. Additionally, the author is very inventive in her storytelling so I didn't want to miss her latest read because I really enjoy the weirdness of her stories. All that aside, Genuine Fraud is a STRONG and INTERESTING novel, just not necessarily my cup of tea. I do think many readers will enjoy the story though so YES, I recommend it.
Who is Jule? That is the question that is going to be on readers minds throughout the entire story. Is she a murderess on the run? Is she the nice girl from college who want more out of life then test scores and fake friends? Or is she a misunderstood woman on the run from a life that never played out the way one would hope? Readers will find out who this complex character is as they read the novel and find themselves questioning her actions and her lies. The story, told backwards, is going to leave readers flipping the pages to see HOW she ended up where she was and needing to know WHY she is on the run. There will be a lot of lies told and maybe even some blood shed. You'll be on a wild goose chase trying to understand her, her actions, and what lead her to this life.
If you like a book with complex characters, books where the narrator is unreliable, and books that feature a strong albeit twisted lead, then you will enjoy Genuine Fraud.
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WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE STORY
➜ The complex nature of it. Now and then readers will find a book that is so inventive and complex that we can't help but flip the pages in anticipation of what is going to happen next. This is that kind of book.
➜ The way the story is told BACKWARDS. I have only read one book that was told from end to beginning and I HATED IT. This one though kept my interest throughout and I think made the book even better then it would have been had it been written the opposite way.
➜ The complexities of the narrator. I may not have connected with Jule on a deep level, but I truly enjoyed the way the author made her appear to readers. She is the type of character we all think we have figured out until BAM she isn't.
➜ The Cover. YUP! I am a cover lover. If a book has a great cover I am more likely to read it over others. This is true for this novel as well. For me, this cover tells the story in it's own little way and I think may readers can get an idea as to what's inside the book just by looking at it.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
➜ Jule. She was just too hard to connect with.
➜ The choppy chapters. If you read the book you will know what I mean. These chapters are split with different times, setting, situations, etc. This can easily lead to confusion for readers.
➜ The ending. Well, I honestly didn't hate the ending and it wrapped up everything in a nice little bow BUT I would have liked to know what happened AFTER everything went down. This is a personal preference and not something that takes away from the novel.
➜ The lack of character backstory. Had I known more of Jule's back story (like, how her parents really passed and what it was like to live with her aunt) I may have connected more with Jule. But this was only SLIGHTLY touched upon in the story.
Genuine Fraud is a GOOD, STRONG, novel. It's unique, interesting, and quite fun to read. However, it wasn't really MY cup of tea as I don't generally read stories like this. This is my own PREFERENCE though and has nothing to do with this book. Frankly, I think many readers will enjoy it so I do recommend it.