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From the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes a unique novel that showcases E. Lockhart’s unmatched ability to play with style and deliver a perfectly plotted, well-written novel with a surprise twist.
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"Compulsively readable." —Entertainment Weekly
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.
"You will devour it." —Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay
“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
“Moves at a breakneck speed.” —Marie Claire
“As with E. Lockhart's previous novel, the best-selling "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
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.
Genuine Fraud is a disquieting book, one built craftily enough to reward repeat readings.The New York Times Book Review - Jeff Giles
★ 06/26/2017Publishers Weekly
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.)
More 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 bestsellerFrom the Publisher
“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
Things fall apart and the center cannot hold when one transitions in and out of a rainbow array of wigs and disguises like those that Jule does. Her world of exotic locales and mainland tales begins in media res. Detective Noa has finally caught up with the elusive Jule, who has left a trail of murders, unanswered questions, and broken hearts. The detective only wants to know one thing: Is Jule tired of running? With a couple of quick jabs that leave the detective bruised and battered, Jule fights to hold on to several identities while losing sight of the real one. While Lockhart takes readers back in time to see how it all begins, the suspenseful details leave them wondering about Jule’s real identity. Lockhart embraces many genres as she deftly blends them into a backward-writing style, telling the story from the present to the past. Readers will enjoy the action-packed scenes and the plethora of origin stories that Jule spins throughout the mysterious, sometimes-violent narrative. Teachers will likely find this book to be a great read-aloud or literature discussion group pick. There is some profanity, but it is suitable for junior and senior high readers. Reviewer: Anjeanette Alexander-Smith; Ages 12 to 18.VOYA, August 2017 (Vol. 40, No. 3) - Anjeanette Alexander-Smith
★ 06/01/2017School Library Journal
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
★ 2017-05-31Kirkus Reviews
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)
“The American dream is to be an action hero.” So says Julietta (Jule) West Williams. She invents so many “selves” that she no longer knows who, or even if, she has a true self. She is physically strong, mentally sharp, very smart, and a pathological liar. The story begins the third week in June 2017. Lockhart carefully and deftly unfolds the plot by working back in time to the first week of June 2016. She interweaves characters and storylines that eventually expose this dangerous young killer. As snippets of the plot unfold, the reader becomes more entrenched in this mesmerizing story of a loner who has a startling way of setting up her prey. This is a story to read more than once; one reading is not enough to digest all the foreshadowing and character development and to grasp the intricacies of the plot, and the references to novels, action movies, superhero comics, and more. Each character’s relationship with Jule brings its own discussion questions. Who are the sympathetic characters in this tale of death and deception? Lockhart has created yet another unforgettable novel that is rich with intricate characters. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo; Ages 14 up.Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo