In a most exciting turn of events, I’m interviewing the bestselling author, E. Lockhart!
I KNOW. I’m freaking out just a little too. Her latest book, Genuine Fraud, came out this month and so today we’re having an interview + review + a most excellently exciting giveaway! Because I mean. Just wow.
Thanks to Allen & Unwin!
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.
Emily Lockhart is the author of eight YA novels including the bestselling We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, a finalist for the National Book Award, and recipient of the Cybils Award for best young adult novel. She has a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught composition, literature and creative writing. Her books have been translated into ten languages. Visit Emily online at emilylockhart.com and follow @elockhart on Twitter.
@ELOCKHART: The book had no joke at least 100 possible titles, but Genuine Fraud was a working title for a very long portion of my writing process – so we came back to it in the end. I like the idea that fraudulence and genuineness can co-exist. I think they actually do in many people. I thought seriously about calling the novel Let Her Have It.
@PAPERFURY: I’m such a huge fan of how GENUINE FRAUD is written in a fascinating non-linear style! Did you originally write the scenes in the order they appear in the book? Where did Jule’s story start in drafts for you?
@ELOCKHART: The locations are fun, right? San Francisco, Puerto Rico, Mexico, London, New York, Las Vegas… but I’m nowhere near as well-traveled as I’d like to be. Basically, everywhere glamorous I’ve ever been is a setting in Genuine Fraud – I used all the locations I had at my disposal! This year, though, I went to Kerala, India for two weeks. Tourism. I felt so lucky.
Genuine Fraud is super mind twisty. My last E Lockhart read was We Were Liars back in 2014, so needless to say I was long overdue for having my mind bent. It’s best if you go in without knowing too much about it (!!) so my review will be brief and (of cooooourse) spoiler free!
It was absolutely super well written! The details are amazing and the book is really short but doesn’t feel like it. It packs a punch and it’s so cleverly constructed that by the end your brain is basically splitting into: “WOW THAT WAS SO WELL DONE” and also “WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK.” Excellent reactions. Plus it’s in 3rd person, which is my favourite.
Jules is a totally unreliable narrator. Without giving too much away: basically we’re introduced to this teen living an extravagant life and using stolen identities. But WHY. And HOW. And QUESTIONS. A cop catches up with her and she runs and then we start trawling back through her life’s story to understand WHO THE HECK IS JULES WEST WILLIAMS. The story basically is: rich messed up kids. And a bit o’ death on the side.
- dude, it’s messed up
- girls who are proud to be feminine
- travelling the world
- how rich people live which is interesting because I WILL NEVER KNOW THIS
- a lot of junk food which is relatable content
- girls who work-out because they like to, not to impress a boy
- more murder
- so much twisted mind play that by the end you’re whispering “whhhhhhat” with your eyes open like saucers because EVERYONE’S LOGIC IS SO MESSED UP
Only very tiny things for the book didn’t work for me. Like it honestly didn’t feel YA…more NA? The characters are finished highschool and in their later teens but there are like 2% parents around and mostly everyone was just drinking and making Bad Life Decisions™. It’s also hard to care about the characters because everyone was awful…but then I don’t think you’re really MEANT to in thrillers??
BUT OVERALL: This was exciting, twisty, and extremely messed up…ergo that’s fantastic. It features complex and interesting characters, who I also do not like but ya know. These things happen. It reminded me a lot of The Female of the Species and Here Lies Daniel Tate! And I absolutely appreciate how cleverly this book fit together by the end.
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