Monday, December 11, 2017

Genuine Fraud

When John Green and E. Lockhart both have a new novel out, how does one decide which to read first? For me, it comes down to Frankie. Lockhart, as the author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, will always win for me. I read that book at least once a year and would love another book like it.

While Genuine Fraud is no Frankie, it was an enjoyable read that had me hoping my son's nap time would stretch for longer. We start the novel with a crime and then work our way backwards, learning more about our main characters and who they really are. My stomach was in knots at certain points, even though I had a feeling what was going to happen. This has been compared to a famous novel (I don't want to name it because it's a spoiler) but I enjoyed it in its own right.

Like in many of Lockhart's novels, there is a focus on feminism and female strength. Those were the pages that felt closest to Frankie and the ones that I reread several times.

This is worth adding to any high school library or giving to a YA mystery lover.

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