Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review & Discussion

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!

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I Am Not an Explorer

I’ve been MIA for the past month, and I have good reason! 

I’ve been travelling. First, we took a trip home to Ireland where Trish met all my family. She’s still alive so that’s a good sign. & now we’re on the tail end of 4 days in Barcelona, about to head to Paris. 

The funny thing is I always tell people I loooove travelling. But I am not the intrepid explorer I thought I was. I am a bal of stress and nerves, I am an even bigger ball of sweat (Trish booked a non-aircon room, in Barcelona, in SUMMER!) 

& honestly, as I sit here waiting to drop my bag, sipping on a coffee because we’re WAY TO EARLY (two hours too soon) to check in on a flight out of the heat of the sun itself, I can’t help but wonder how the hell I’ll manage the next 10 days. 

My Favourite Ways to Wind Down

I feel like I’m an expert in unwinding. Only because I get so stressed out about every little thing that I have my personal tried and true methods for what helps me relax after a long day, week or even month!

 

  1. Reading
    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while it’s no secret that I love to read. The idea of escaping to another world full of mystery and suspense is, in my opinion, the best way to escape thinking about how Sally in work was mean to me today.
  2. Exercise
    I am a very recent convert to exercising to relieve stress. There was a time when I could think of nothing worse than going for a jog or a class when I was dead tired and all I wanted was my bed. But now I’ve seen the light. Pushing myself on the treadmill or kicking the sh*t out of that boxxing bag it gets all mu anger out and then I’m either too tired to care or my body is full of happy endorphins that calm me down!
  3. Theo Time
    Theo is the name of my very fat tabby cat. & I can’t possibly stay uptight when I see his little face trotting toward me to say hello after I’ve been out. If you don’t have a pet, I recommend you make friends with people that do!
  4. Journalling
    Again, this one is new to me! I’ve started a bullet journal & at first I was like a very unorganized fish out of water, I didn’t know how to use it! 3 months in, I’d be lying if I said I knew exactly what to do with it. But having somewhere to come and jot down all my thoughts and relefections on the day is pretty chill. I keep track of my mood form day to day and also any triggers that could have made me feel this way.
  5. Wine
    Okay, so this one isn’t really one I do daily. I promise. Once a week maybe bi-weekly I’ll pour myself a whopping big glass of red wine, invite some friends over and just chill out.

 

I want to know if you use any of these to wind down after work, school or life in general! But I especially want to know what you differently? Leave a comment!

Imperfectionist

Now, I’m not one to panic, or be anxious.. 

Lol. jk. I’m the most anxious, most panicked person I know. Granted I don’t know many people but the fact still remains. 

So usually I try to find ways to soothe my soul. Reading being the usual ease into evenings. 

Most recently, I bought a journal. No surprise there, I fucking love stationary. This one was different though, it’s a dotted journal which is to be my very own bullet journal going forward. 

I’ve heard it’s relaxing, a way to chill out and unwind at the end of the day. I’m calling bullshit on that one. I was so panicked about ruining it, I ripped out the first 4 pages. Then realised I couldn’t rip out anymore or it would ruin the layout of the notebook, I still managed to fuck up the next week. What was in my head for a March layout, did not translate well to paper. 

In an attempt to track my anxiousness. Ironically so I misspelled ‘anxioux’ & also ‘Arpil’.

In saying all this, today is a new day. A new spread, and a new outlook on bullet journaling! If I don’t make mistakes now, how will I ever see how much I’ve improved. It’s a lesson I need to learn for many things, not just journaling. 

Want to join me on this journey? Should I update the blog with entry’s from my journal? & obviously include the fuck ups? I feel like not enough people show the mess that comes along with starting a fucking bullet journal. 

Imperfections. Growing to love them I guess.