Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was sooo good!!! I cannot even explain how good it was. The characters were so relatable even when I didn’t want them to be relatable and the action was so good and scary at the same time, but the worst part about how amazing this novel is, was how I could see myself being Imogene, and letting someone who I thought was an old friend into my home. Let I remind you that Imogene is killed by this supposed friend, so you can understand how this scares me XD. Wow! Wow! Just… where to start. Ok, so when I was reading it, I actually got halfway thru the entire novel, completely confused about the timeline and ended up having to start all over again. But man am I glad I started again, because I hadn’t noticed that the chapters were running in reverse order so we were hearing the story as if it was being told backwards, which I’m my opinion made this book so unique and different from all the other ones. Instead of generically starting at the beginning it started at the end, and went back, only in the last chapter resolving a cliffhanger set in the first one. It was so cool! Words do not describe how cool this was. Next, Jule… I could tell from the start something was wrong with her, but I bet everyone could. It wasn’t until she killed Brooke though that it dawned on me that she had probably killed Imogene as well. And right before she was about to kill Imogene the tension was so high and so well written, that I knew it was going to happen and was actually scared for Imogene. This book ensnared me so well that I was thinking of ways that Imogene could have gotten away from Jule and couldn’t find any. The crazy thing is that Jule was such a good unreliable narrator that I (and probably everyone else) completely believed everything she told us from the get-go. And that is the genius part of how the story was told. When a reader starts a book they generally believe everything you tell them about the world because they have nothing else to go on and need some up front information to be able to imagine the world in their head. But the perfect way everything was handed to the reader at the beginning and then built upon made me never see any of the twists coming especially the Stanford and Greenbriar school ones. Also, side-note, the way E. Lockhart ends up revealing all the twists were great too. Especially how Jule bought the Stanford sweater online and fake wore it out; it shows that E. Lockhart does not underestimate her readers and she didn’t feel the need to spell it out for them. That’s something I feel made the story much better. Lastly because this review is getting a lot longer than the usual, I loved how generic Jule seemed over the course of the story even though she really wasn’t, and I feel that really made readers relate with her. There is so much more I want to rave about, concerning this book, but I am just so amazed with the story I can’t put any of it to words. In the end it is so hard to decide whether you think Jude is a bad person or not, because of all the fake stories that gave you a relatively good first impression of her, but the thing is, first impressions can be wrong.
This book completes 2/7s of the ‘Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.’ of the Goodreads summer reading challenge, because of its scenes in London.

Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.
The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.
Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).
Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.
New voices: Read a debut novel.
Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit