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Genuine Fraud
Contributor(s): Lockhart, E.
ISBN: 0385744773     ISBN-13: 9780385744775
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
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Annotation: Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Best friends; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Deception; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017023586
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.90 lbs) 264 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 190554
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine 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.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 June #4)

Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot that's slick with cinematic violence. Calling to mind her own The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, she offers a shrewd critique of the roles traditionally available to female characters in literature and film. This striking exploration of the nature of identity revolves around the relationship between Jule and Immie, two similar-looking orphans. Jule—a fierce physical fighter and self-taught expert at disguise—will do whatever it takes to escape her bleak past. Wealthy and charismatic Immie, by contrast, wafts pleasantly through life, living on Martha's Vineyard while taking time off from college. Pushed into Immie's privileged inner circle via a case of mistaken identity, Jule is swept into an intense friendship—and a series of events that play intentional tribute to Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, among other literary precedents. A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Agency. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 9 Up—Jule West Williams is at a fancy resort in Mexico. Someone is looking for her, but she can do a pretty stellar job of taking care of herself, paying a bartender to smuggle her out in his car, then fighting back when he tries to extort more money. That's where Lockhart's latest novel begins. Jule was recently in London. Her best friend, Imogen Sokoloff, is dead. There's a guy Jule likes but can't have. Jule steals wallets in Las Vegas, NV. The teen likes how strong she feels when she defends herself. Jule was in San Francisco. She has had just about enough of Immie's friends from Vassar. Jule was in Puerto Rico. The protagonist has a prodigious talent for memorization. Jule was staying at Immie's house in Martha's Vineyard. She was in New York. Jule is, above all else, a survivor. The narrative moves backward in time, constantly forcing readers to adjust their opinions of the characters and events and realign them in light of new information. While those familiar with The Talented Mr. Ripley may have a good idea of Lockhart's ultimate destination, they'll still enjoy the trip. The book rewards rereading, as initially inconsequential details shine brightly when you can see the whole picture. VERDICT An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.—Stephanie Klose, School Library Journal

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