A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers get a feel for resort lifestyles, how to live under a fake identity, and East Coast prep schools and colleges.
Find out who are in life, go after your dreams even if they're not what your parents aspire for you, and stand up for yourself.
Violence & Scariness
Part murder mystery, part thriller, it's sometimes graphically violent, in a shocking way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Implied sex and rape, without graphic details (i.e., "The two of them looked so awkward, humping around."
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Swearing is infrequent but there are mentions of "f--k," "f-king," and leave me the f-k alone
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Products & Purchases
Most brands mentioned used for scene or character setting, including mentions of prestigious colleges such as Yale, Penn, Harvard, Brown, Stanford, etc.; drinks ordered such as Coke and Diet Coke, Kahlua; foods such as M&Ms, Hula Hoops, Swedish Fish.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage and adult drinking and drunkenness, and comments such as, "People were stupid when they drank." Marijuana is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Genuine Fraud is a dark thriller that includes murder, drinking, kissing, and mild sex. One of the main characters, a petite teen with a secretive past, clearly enjoys how strong she feels when she fights. ("To be a physically powerful woman -- it was something. You could go anywhere, do anything, if you were difficult to hurt.") There's a fair amount of violence and plenty of scenes describing what it's like to live in privileged glamour. Occasional swearing includes "f--k" and its variations.
Is It Any Good?
The language in this dark mystery is absorbing and he plot moves along at a brisk pace, but it's not straightforward. It takes takes extra work to follow the story's reverse-chronological order. Also, while the settings are captivating, neither Jule nor Imogen are very likeable. ("I am the center of the story now," Jule said to herself. "I don't have to weigh very little, wear very little, or have my teeth fixed. I am the center.") Still, the themes of the novel -- holding onto your secrets and finding out who you are -- keep the reader guessing until the end.
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