The following is an honest book review of Genuine Fraud and my suggested age rating.
My Synopsis of Genuine Fraud:
This contemporary young adult book follows two main characters: Jule and Imogen. Both are orphans and self-absorbed. Imogen is adopted by a wealthy family. Jule is not. Imogen is a rich girl living the heiress lifestyle. Jule does not. Each of their self-absorption leads them down different paths of survival. What begins as a friendship may possibly evolve into in obsession. When one person starts lying their concept of reality slowly fades away.
And that’s about all I can say without giving away any spoilers.
My Review of Genuine Fraud:
I read We Were Liars by the same author not long after it came out. I liked it, it was intriguing and unpredictable. So, going in I had high hopes for this book. It did not live up to my expectations. I found this book to be hard to follow due to the ever-changing timeline. It begins in the same time as the book ends, but in between the book is bouncing all over the place over a year’s time. There are definitely books with characters I’ve loved to hate but this isn’t one of them. I found all of the characters to be unlikeable. There was no one I was rooting for. I felt they were all self-centered and incapable of any good qualities. I also thought this book was going to be a thriller, keeping me guessing the ending. In this book the ending is given at the beginning and then works backwards yet it was still hard to follow!
Overall, this book just fell flat for me. I almost didn’t finish it but felt like I was too far in to quit. After I was finished I honestly felt like it was a waste of time. I gave this book 2.5 stars.
Genuine Fraud Age Rating:
This book contains some language, implied sex and rape, some mentions of drug and alcohol use, and violence. As a parent I would give Genuine Fraud an age rating of 14-15+
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