Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Fake
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: Høst & Søn
Finished Reading: April 2019
Genre: Young Adult
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
No, just no. I really feel like ending my review with NO. We start out great! The book is inviting, the character is freaking awesome, the writing is alive and fluent, and we get a feel for the surroundings and the people around us. Second chapter is where it’s downhill for me and then further downhill as we progress in the chapters. Why? Because we are going further and further back in the past for each chapter we read. It’s chronologically backwards. AND it’s freaking confusing!
As I said, at first, it was super cool. I liked the author’s way of using metaphors and her extremely weird writing, which is totally me. The book is categorized as a thriller, but honestly, there is no suspense whatsoever and therefor I’ve left that out. This is just yet another boring young adult novel. It was so obvious what was going to happen I nearly cried. There is no mystery to solve! No scenario where you need to sit and think for a second.
Even though the first chapter was super cool – and I, at first, liked Jule, I can’t help but think who is Jule? Why is she acting like she does. I don’t know anything about her and typically, the main character goes through problems in order to evolve. In this case, there is no motive for her drastically change in personality.
Don’t even get me started on the stereotype of the genre. Boys. What was that?