If anything, Genuine Fraud is unique. It moves backwards in time so at the start, we’re reading what would be the end? And work towards what would be the start but is actually the end. Confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why I loved and hated this.
We follow Jule, a social butterfly (kinda) and Imogen a rich girl running away from her problems & parents. We get two perspectives into their friendship, the one Jule perceived and the one Imogen actually experienced.
Both different, both a bit confusing if I’m totally honest. As we move through the book it becomes more and more obvious what’s happening, but I was still invested and managed to read this in 3 days.
Genuine Fraud is branded as a mystery/ thriller but I don’t think I’d really use those words to describe it? It’s really interesting and I was hooked from the get-go but once I reached the midpoint I was pretty sure what was happening and the suspense died a bit.
The end (actually the start) was a bit of a let down for me, I was underwhelmed and disappointed that everything happened because Jule needed rent. I was annoyed because the entire plot is written like there is a bigger purpose to Jule’s story, but if there was I failed to miss it.
The last thing I really have to say about it is that I loved the layout, and I liked the back in time thing we had going on, but I paid no attention to the time-stamp at the top of each chapter. So if you’re like me & skip on details, maybe try and pay a tad more attention to the chapter heads of this one!
I’m super interested to see if you have read this book if you want to read it & what you thought!
If you wan to purchase Genuine Fraud you can here!
It’s no secret that I’m a strong advocate of treat yo’self. Friends know that if they want to buy something and need confirmation that they should buy it then I’m the girl to talk to! I can rationalise spending money quicker than I can spend the money.
But even in instances that aren’t about a purchase.. Tomorrow is my birthday, the big 25 & around my birthday I get very, liberal with what I can eat. I adopt a ‘life’s too short’ mentality & with that have asked that my girlfriend makes me pancakes, that work get me a chocolate cake & told myself despite having cereal already today I can buy a cheese toastie to go with my coffee.
Do I care? Not necessarily. But it’s just such a happy time in my life. Guilt free eating! Guilt free shopping & guilt free lounging around in my pyjamas watching Moana. Again. For the 5th time.
When it’s close to your birthday, do you treat yourself with anything?
It’s no secret, everyone has ‘off’ days. I especially can wake up in the mother of all bad moods and am guilty of just lounging on the couch watching YouTube videos all damn day. But I recently read some advice I wanted to share! Because it was so simple, and really applied to my moods a lot.
The advice? BE MESSY.
Need some context? I’ve chatted before on here about my frustrations with creativity & how I can lack motivation. Basically to cut a long story short, when I’m in a bad mood and try to be productive, I end up being way too hard on myself. If I make a small mistake I get angry and frustrated and wind up in a worse mood than then I started! Super fun hey?
So if I think of it the advice to be messy is perfect. If I can just get myself to a place where I can write ANYTHING and not put any pressure on myself and the blog and basically anything creative that I want to do, imagine how amazing that would be? So it’s something that I really want to work on this month!
To put this plan into action, I obviously need to be in a bad mood. Which I’m not right now.. So we play the waiting game.
Other factors I’ll be including in my plan, coffee & Spotify. Usually the music I listen to when I write is a focus or study playlist from Spotify because it’s calm, the music is already there and it has an option to keep playing similar music once a playlist is over. Which takes the decision out of it so I can just roll with it.
I want to know though, how you get out of the slump? How you stop yourself retreating into a bottomless pit of the internet or movies.
I’m writing this super late into the 5th but the minute I seen the topic I knew I had to write about it!
Education is something I took for granted, it’s something I assumed I’d always get back to and just eventually figure out. But I haven’t!
& I’ve talked many times before about not putting pressure on young people to figure out their entire life but now being 25 and looking back I can’t help but think to myself maybe there needs to be a balance?
Has anyone else found that, you definelty don’t need a degree to get a good job, but it sure as hell makes it a lot easier? Because right now for the jobs I’m looking at, they want a degree. I don’t have one so obviously it seems like I’m failing in life just a little.
But on the flip side, I have a life in Australia that I’d have never dreamed of if I stayed to study in Ireland! So it’s a strange one to think about.
In saying all that, continuining my education is something that I one hundred percent want to do, but did anyone else go the long way about this aspect of life? And do you have any regrets about it? Or even any regrets about studying! If that’s the path you took!
So, we’ve all been in that position in life where something happens and you slump against a wall and think ‘fuck I need some money’.
Well if you haven’t you’re lucky because I have! This year, after treating myself too much with a holiday & all the shopping on holiday (I’m pretty sure I spent about 1000 dollars in Urban Outfitters.. yikes.) & finally getting smacked with a 600 dollar tax bill. I am in exactly this positions
Currently I’m moving house which means more rent. We’re moving from a share house which luckily when I moved in had everything, but not so luckily now I need to buy EVERYTHING A HOUSE NEEDS.
& this is sound stupid but I never realised just how much a house needed! I had to buy a can opener for a tin of mushy peas I bought but couldn’t eat because it didn’t have a pull tab.
So, you can imagine I need to save some dollar and fast. & for any normal person that would mean not following the list I’m about to write! But alas, I’m not normal. I can’t curb my spending & so here’s how I don’t save money.
- Shopping! Yesterday I went to glue and got two tops for 80 but put them on AfterPay so I’d feel like I wasn’t spending too much!
- Kmart. I don’t need to elaborate.
- Hair & skin care.. Okay, this one is somewhat important. You need to look after yourself! But did I need to spend $250 dollars trying to go blonde and end up orange? The answer is a firm no on that one.
- Coffee is a staple in my life. It’s the one luxury I’m not willing to give up. I can awknowledge the fact that spending $30 a week on coffee isn’t exactly healthy. But it’s not gonna change anytime soon sooooo on to number 5.
- Eating out! I work mostly evenings which means I get HANGRY. & I don’t have much foresight for planning ahead with food. So I end up hitting 7-8pm I need to eat and just happen to be in the city where I can order ANYTHING. It’s just so easy!
- Tap & go. I don’t think of money as money if that makes sense? When I tap and don’t physically see the exchanging of money it’s like I get free things all the time! This isn’t healthy.
I’m willing to bet that you do these to! That’s right I see you there scrolling along thinking you’re not guilty of this!
It’s okay, if I can make an effort to try and save some cash so can you! Once I finally pay back my tax. & stop going to Kmart of course! They might be some famous last words though!
So here’s my theory. We don’t complain about day 3 because it’s not AS bad as day two. So when we compare the pain day 3 isn’t worth mentioning.
It’s worth mentioning today.
I woke up 3 times last and rolled around my bed/ floor in agony. It was a pain that went from my pelvis up to my belly button and then felt like a knife stabbing me through my vagina.
Today isn’t out to the best start but I managed to catch up on sleep this morning and stayed in bed until 12 hehe. Now I’m thinking I need a massive coffee but I’m afraid because of the Day 2 poop fiasco.
So I decided to have a coffee. She writes sitting on the toilet in work before her shift starts. *eyeroll* why do I do this to myself?
Update: it’s 7pm and I’m not dying as much as I thought I would today. I popped into Glue and bought two shirts I did not need to make myself feel better.
I feel better.
Okay so I’m now sitting on the train home with no pad on because my period has completely stopped. Alas, we all know this is just a mind game and by the time I get home I will need to put a pad back on. Either way I’m happy I survived this cycle.
& I’m happy I shared it with you! Talking about periods is something we ALL need to do more & shouldn’t shy away from.
So, it’s a public holiday Monday here in Australia. It’s a gorgeous day & I’m sat writing this on the toilet. Because my body hates me apparently.
Anyone that’s ever had a period before I think is familiar with the ‘period poos’. They hurt & they are the devil incarnate. That’s all I wish to say on this matter.
I woke up at 4am feeling wet, & not in a sexual way! I had to change my pad, undies and pyjamas before I had to take more painkillers then rolled onto my unsuspecting partner & tried to use her as a hot water bottle.
Today’s agenda is:
- Finish pooping
- Go to lunch with friends
- Not shit my pants at lunch
- Go to work
- Not shit my pants at work
It sounds pretty doable but there are always those moments when you just don’t know what’s happening down there.
I’ll check back in with an update later, for now I need to try and get ready!
Sooooo it’s 9pm, I’ve had the day from hell. Currently back sat on the toilet in work, trying to explain to a coworker that I’m not dying, just under pressure. Honestly, if I ever own a company my staff get day two off because it’s the worst.
All in all, today was a massive pain in my… Everywhere. Tomorrow will be better. I hope.