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From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.
 
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.
 
Praise for E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars:
 
“Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
“[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com
 
“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. 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. Praise for E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars: “Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told.” —The Wall Street Journal  “[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com “You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly “An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review “Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
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Sales Rank:
56,901
Pages:
288
Publication Date:
09/05/2017
Lexile:
HL650L
ISBN13:
9780385744775
Product Dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x1.20(d)
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years
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About the Author

E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which is also available in a deluxe edition. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow @elockhart on Twitter.

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Genuine Fraud is a disquieting book, one built craftily enough to reward repeat readings.Genuine Fraud is a disquieting book, one built craftily enough to reward repeat readings.★ 06/26/2017
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.)“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.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Captivating . . . bewitching.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.” —SLJ, Starred Review

“This thriller from the author of We Were Liars (2014) will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred ReviewMore Praise for E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud:

5 STARRED REVIEWS!

“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.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Captivating . . . bewitching.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.” —SLJ, Starred Review

“This thriller from the author of We Were Liars will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Intoxicating." —The Horn Book, Starred Review

Praise for E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars:

New York Times bestseller
 
“Haunting, sophisticated. . . . Twisty and well-told.” —The Wall Street Journal 
 
“[It] will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com
 
“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying but shocking twist ending.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“An ambitious novel with an engaging voice, a clever plot and some terrific writing.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars★ 06/01/2017
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★ 2017-05-31
Can Jule recognize her own true self within the tangled story of the past year? Jule West Williams is 18, white, and an orphan, all of which she has in common with her best friend, heiress Imogen Sokoloff—or does she? Jule, an impulsive, complicated protagonist like no other, tells her story as though she were living in an adventure movie. She imagines herself a heroine in contrast to the "great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey." She's proud of her strength and fighting ability, her talents for disguises and imitating accents. Outside of her fantasy life, she feels inferior to practically everyone—Immie and her boyfriend, Forrest, as well as Immie's parents and friends from college. Starting the book with Chapter 18 and the instruction "Begin here," Jule traces a year backward, revealing startling secrets along the way. The fast-paced plot moves among New York, London, California, and Mexico as Jule stays one step ahead of those who've underestimated her skills. Jule's intense narrative frequently includes clipped snatches of dialogue with herself: "No, she had. / No, she hadn't. / She wished she had not. / She wished it could be undone." Her unsettling storytelling, filled with energy and a fair amount of violence, comes from deep inside her own mysterious background. This thriller from the author of We Were Liars (2014) will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing. (Suspense. 12-adult)
More Praise for E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud:

5 STARRED REVIEWS!

"A brilliant, twisty thriller—I loved it!" —Karen M. McManus, bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

"Fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars will love this . . . and definitely won't see the ending coming." —HelloGiggles.com

"Tangled secrets, diabolical lies and, ultimately, a mind-blowing outcome are crafted with the plotted precision we expect (and love!) from E. Lockhart." —Justine Magazine

"The coming-of-age plot and complicated friendship between its two main characters make Genuine Fraud seem like it could be Girls for a younger set." —Vanity Fair

"A sophisticated, emotionally literate whodunit." —The Guardian

"As with E. Lockhart's previous novel, the bestselling We Were Liars, [readers] will likely finish the last page and flip right back to the beginning to search for clues they missed." —Chicago Tribune

"If there are two things you can count on E. Lockhart for it's badass ladies and killer atmosphere—Genuine Fraud has both in droves." —Bustle

“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.” —PW, Starred Review

Captivating . . . bewitching.” —Booklist, Starred Review

An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls.” —SLJ, Starred Review

“This thriller from the author of We Were Liars will challenge preconceptions about identity and keep readers guessing.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Intoxicating." —The Horn Book, Starred Review

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Customer Reviews (14)
Unique storyline
I liked the story, it kept my interest and I read it fast because I needed to know how it would end. The ending was a little abrupt though.
- Anonymous
February 27, 2018
I liked this one a lot. It was strange and mind-bending and thorou ...
I liked this one a lot. It was strange and mind-bending and thoroughly engaging. I love stories told backwards, and GENUINE FRAUD really made the most of the timeline. I was racing to the end, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
- AReadingRedSox
July 11, 2018
I enjoyed this one, mostly. Right off the bat, I was enamored wit ...
I enjoyed this one, mostly. Right off the bat, I was enamored with the writing style, which is tight and clever, yet functional and descriptive; generally, 'Fraud' strikes that rare balance of being equally impressive and easy-to-read (to my tastes, at least). Likewise, the story is, on the whole, satisfying, with sound, well-crafted characters, an engaging plot, and an arc that manages to be both concise and complete. Another plus: the author demonstrates a perceptive intellect and some sly wit, resulting in a pleasingly smart texture. On the other hand, I felt that some parts read awkwardly, and the ending came off as somewhat murky (or so I read it, anyhow; to be fair, I might've just missed something earlier on). Thus, I can't say that the book rocked my world; nonetheless, it was certainly worthwhile, and of above-average quality in all the ways that really matter in a novel. One thing that I liked especially, and which really upgraded the book for me, was the profound psychological subtext inhabiting the text. Namely, the story presents an object lesson in compartmentalized, double-minded thinking, and the many human questions that arise from such analysis. Through the conflicted central character and her behavior, the reader is treated to a vivid depiction of this mentality, in nuanced, realistic detail, as to dissect the condition and the complexities which govern it. Ultimately, 'Fraud's' character study is, in my view, highly relevant, regardless of its fictional nature (some of life's biggest mysteries are best captured in fiction, and this is one of them). And, considering the proliferation of such confused thinking in much of the modern world (and the often-dire consequences thereof), 'Fraud' is doubly important. As it were, we could all learn a thing or two from the book's two-faced anti-heroine. My sincere thanks goes out to the author and her publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work. * * * Some notable quotes from 'Genuine Fraud': “'I make you drinks because it's my job. I pretend to like talking to you, because that's my job, too. You think I don't see how you look down at me? […] We're not friends, Ms. Williams. You're lying to me half the time, and I'm lying to you all the time.'” – p.18-19 “Jule was sure Imogen couldn't really love or want Forrest. He was only an idea of a boyfriend: a placeholder. Though he didn't know it, he was a temporary person, like the college kids and art students who came over for dinner and were never seen again.” – p.211
- WorldReader1111
March 6, 2018
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