Genuine fraud / E. Lockhart.
Booklist Reviews 2017 June #1
*Starred Review* It's difficult to describe Lockhart's latest psychological thriller without dipping into spoilers, but here are the pertinent details: Jule, a peripatetic, athletic, superhero-obsessed teen girl is best friends with rich, restless Imogen, who recently committed suicide. When readers meet Jule, she's lounging at a tony resort in Mexico, eating junk food, and enjoying the sun. It's clear she's on the run, though from whom or why isn't clear, and Lockhart strings readers along with a clever narrative gambit. In a clipped, detached tone, Lockhart tells Jule's story in reverse, and with each step backward, she peels away juicy layers of intrigue. As the relationship between Jule and Imogen comes into focus, Lockhart explores themes of jealousy, loyalty, privilege, and origins. Imogen, who was adopted, is fixated on the idea of feeling a strong sense of identity, while Jule constantly relies on an unlikely story to explain her childhood. But can they really know each other at all? It's a captivating, suspenseful story made all the more bewitching by Lockhart's twisty narrative, and she constantly keeps readers guessing with unpredictable turns and eye-opening reveals. This quietly unsettling, cinematic novel is deliciously suspenseful, and while it's slim, it packs a real punch. Teens who love to hate antiheroes will be enraptured. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Lockhart's getting a top-shelf marketing campaign, so be prepared for an onslaught of fans eager to get their hands on her latest. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring
In Lockhart's latest intoxicating thriller, eighteen-year-old protagonist Jule is cold, tough, and in trouble with the law, but displays an endearing softness as we learn about her friendship with wealthy Imogen, whom Jule misses dearly. As chapters descend in reverse chronological order, readers get breadcrumb-like pieces to the puzzle of why Jule is running, what happened with Imogen, and what makes the intricately drawn anti-heroine tick. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #5
As soon as Lockhart's latest intoxicating psychological thriller (We Were Liars, rev. 5/14) opens in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, readers will be perversely enamored of eighteen-year-old narrator Jule. She's cold--sociopathic, even--and in trouble with the law, but a sexy lead. She's strong and tough enough to defend herself (and then some), intelligent, and intuitive; a feminist who contemplates gender persecution in society and in the hero tales she thinks herself worthy of: "women were rarely the centers of such stories...they were eye candy, arm candy, victims, or love interests...they existed to help the great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey." And Jule shows an endearing softness as we learn about her friendship with beautiful, wealthy Imogen, whom Jule misses dearly. To say more would give away too much. However, as chapters descend in numerical order and reverse chronology, it becomes increasingly clear that Jule is an unreliable narrator the deceptive likes of which many readers won't be prepared for. With each subsequent chapter and new globe-spanning setting, readers get breadcrumb-like pieces to the puzzle of why Jule is running, what happened with Imogen, and what makes the intricately drawn anti-heroine tick. The appended note lists many inspirations for the novel, among them: "Victorian orphan stories," "superhero comics," "stories of class mobility," and a few specific books, including Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Indeed, "particular debt" is owed to Highsmith, but Lockhart's command of structure, pacing, atmosphere, and character are accomplishments all this author's own. katrina hedeen Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
PW Reviews 2017 June #4
Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of