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Counterfeit
Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
HUSTLERS meets BIG LITTLE LIES in the thrilling new novel about women breaking bad that everyone will be talking about in Summer 2022...
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Amie
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Good audiobook. I was surprised by the twist!

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Nalbuque
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oooh this was a great binge listen :))

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Maallen
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Enjoyed the twists and turns of this book, it surprised me in a lot of ways and created a world I didn‘t know much about.

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MysticFaerie
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3.5⭐/5⭐

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Oryx
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Bumped this one up the list after @squirrelbrain 's review. First work trip since the before times. Or as I like to call it, free reading time.

squirrelbrain Enjoy the book, and have a good trip! 2mo
Caroline2 Really enjoyed this one. 👍 2mo
TrishB Hope the trip is going well 😁 (edited) 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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I loved this book, about two people who set up a fake handbag business. I like it when characters don‘t act like you expect them to and that is certainly the case here. (Me, trying not to be all spoiler-y!)

Thanks for sending it to me @Caroline2 - it was the perfect blend of fun and malevolence!

Also, it‘s a good job that Henry isn‘t camera-shy - he‘s in nearly every book photo these days! 🤣

TrishB Good to hear 👍🏻 I have this one! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly It‘s a good thing he‘s so handsome! 🥰 2mo
rachelm Loved this one too! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, will look this up. Hi Henry 👋 2mo
JamieArc We welcome Henry in all photos! Pretty boy! 2mo
Caroline2 So glad you liked it. Henry is so cute with his little casual photo bombs. 😆 2mo
BarbaraBB What a lovely picture 🥰 Hi Henry! 2mo
KarenUK That face!!!! 😍😍😍 2mo
batsy I really enjoyed this one! (and Henry... *boop* 😍) 2mo
squirrelbrain Henry ‘boops‘ you back! @batsy ❤️ 2mo
Oryx Oooh. I got this one on 99p a while back so glad to hear your liked it. 2mo
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janeycanuck
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I really did not understand the hype about this one while I was in Part 1. Sure, it was fine but it was nothing special. Then I got to Part 2. Nice work, Ms. Chen.

TheKidUpstairs I was just debating DNF-ing this one. I'm almost at the end of Part One, and I feel the same as you did, it's okay but nothing great. Your review has convinced me to stick it out and at least give Part Two a chance to grab me! 3w
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Breanne1
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I enjoyed this crime caper all about deep fake handbags. A Reese‘s book club pick that delivered for me!

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MyNamesParadise
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I‘m at #NatBookFest at the DC Convention Center and was at this panel earlier with Counterfeit author Kirsten Chen, Katie Gutierrez, and author of The Lifeguards, which I want to check out now, Amanda Eyre Ward.

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Caroline2
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I have had a fab reading week reading all these fantastic thrillers on my kindle! I loved em all and highly recommend if you want a decent thriller that is more than dodgy husbands and drunk women. 😆 #bookreport #weeklyreport

Cinfhen Yay!!! Glad you had a great week 💕and 4 books off your kindle is impressive 🙌🏻I seem to collect Kindle titles but hardly ever read them 🙄 3mo
rockpools Excellent! Looks like a fab week 😊 3mo
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 I have Counterfeit too. 3mo
squirrelbrain Wow, a fab week! 3mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I loved it, gonna be one of my favs for the year. 👍 3mo
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MaggieCarr
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Hmmm. My opinions cycled through a variety of emotions as I was reading... Empathy, understanding, judgement, distaste, criticism, hatred, flip flopping as more and more of the story unfolds. I'll never look at designer bags again without thinking of this story.

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Kempfme
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This is a story about a goody goody gone wrong.

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Rhondareads
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Well written crime caper to girlfriends a scam to make money selling high end counterfeit purses.Really well written perfect fora tv movie.

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Caroline2
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I read this on my kindle but I loved it so much I want to get the hardback! A super fun caper story like Good Girls. I didn‘t want it to end and I really hope there‘s going to be a sequel….! 😁

Caroline2 And it‘s only 99p on kindle…. You‘re welcome! 🤗 4mo
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mcctrish
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I don‘t often sing Amazon‘s praises BUT my reading floatie popped yesterday and Amazon had a replacement here by noon

MyNamesParadise Great photo! 4mo
mcctrish Thank you @MyNamesParadise 🥰 4mo
DivineDiana Love your float! And great service Amazon! 👏🏻 4mo
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mjtwo
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29 Jul-7 Aug 22
Rather lightweight but enjoyable and quick to read.
The story of two women who one way or another find themselves importing counterfeit designer bags from China and employing young shoppers to dupe department stores into accepting these bags as authentic returns.
It did cause me to question why I value designer goods and why counterfeits appeal to some but not others. Maybe if I were a handbag person this would have appealed more.

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oddandbookish
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First off, I have always loved luxury goods, especially handbags so the premise of this book was right up my alley.

Plot-wise, the twist halfway through was so smart and I did not see it coming. As soon as I got to the twist, I thought to myself, “This book is brilliant.” I won‘t say much about the twist but I will say that it kept the book interesting.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2022/08/08/review-counterfeit/

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MartinaLove
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2.5/5 ⭐

This book is about Ava perspective on what happened with Winnie, an old friend from University.
She writes a letter to a police officer telling the story of how and why she accepted Winnie's offer to bring fake purse/bags to America.
It wasn't to best book I read this year. I found the story to be forgettable. I preferred reading about Ava and her family but the rest of the story wasn't that good.

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katy4peas
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A fun book told from Ava‘s perspective of how she got into the counterfeit ring and met Winnie. Even though they were doing bad things, I was still rooting for them. I enjoyed it as something different.

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MartinaLove
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Now reading: Counterfeit. 📚
This is book #32.
I ordered so many books this year, it's embarrassing.
I know y'all understand and won't judge me. ❤️

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EverydayImReading
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I listened to this on audible. Not a bad story but also not quite the thriller I expected. It‘s well written interesting and entertaining. The audible presentation was excellent.

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good read , I love the cover illustration 👍🏻 4mo
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ashleyn
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"It‘s the only place for freaks like them, hucksters, con men, unicorns, queens. Winnie is the American dream, and that‘s what drives everyone mad, mad, mad—that she had the gall to crash their game and win it all."

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Shadowfat
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Catching up a little on things I've finished the past couple weeks. Switching to one book at a time has really helped while taking care of a 5 week old. This was interesting but slow at the same time, and wasn't what I thought it would be but in a good way!

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#StoryGraph: fiction contemporary emotional lighthearted medium-paced
288 pages | first published 2022

The story of two Asian American women who band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise—an incisive and glittering blend of fashion, crime, and friendship from the author of Bury What We Cannot Take and Soy Sauce for Beginners.

Money can‘t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.

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marleed
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I love a great purse and a fun story so combining the two has to be a win for me. I do feel like this was only the introduction to Ava and Winnie and there‘ll be more antics to come. I think the reader needs to be in the mood for rich people problems to really enjoy this one. But if your emotions are there, you might want to drop this book in your (designer) bag!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Books 62 and 63 of the year.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Tonight, I attended the Reese‘s book club discussion of this book. So good! Loved both authors and the discussion!

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Zuhkeeyah
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I had an absolute blast reading this book. As someone who follows the rules 98% of the time, I really felt for early book Ava who was horrified with Winnie‘s counterfeit empire. The degradation of her morals as she fell further into the scheme was somehow all justifiable. Kirstin Chen did a great job of building sympathy for business partners despite the obvious legal trouble they eventually found themselves in.

Graciouswarriorprincess I just finished it. So good! 5mo
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batsy
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This is a top-tier popcorn read. The ending requires a suspension of disbelief, but it was pretty fun overall, so I'm willing to go along with it. I very much enjoyed the bits that went deeply into the luxury bag industry & its shadow industry, the counterfeit business. There are LEVELS to this fake. I found the characters both relatable & unbelievable, which works for this story. Also, this is probably a way more common story than people realise.

batsy I've also been watching Inventing Anna on Netflix, about the infamous scammer Anna Delvey. Reading & watching how scam artists work just made it all the more clear that the entire edifice of capitalism is built on racketeering. Also, there's a lot of money circulating out there. Like, a lot. Money that circulates purely symbolically because the ultra rich are bored & want to play. Thinking about that makes me want to riot. Lol. 5mo
batsy You were right @Cinfhen just the kind of light escapism that I needed! 5mo
vivastory Great review! I haven't watched Inventing Anna but I'm intrigued esp as it is my understanding that Rachel Williams does not come off well in the series. I read the book “My Best Friend Anna“ (which felt like a longform article stretched into a book) & have watched a few specials/interviews surrounding the issue & it is def problematic & emblematic of capitalism that she was able to make more money off of the experience than she “lost.“ 5mo
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vivastory I have the following book (still TBR) It sounds equally infuriating & informative. I have heard great things about it:
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batsy @vivastory Thank you! I only read The Cut's piece on Anna & Rachel's Vanity Fair essay; have not read her book. Rachel doesn't come off too bad in the show, but she is depicted as naive & gullible & entirely weepy. Plus there's a lot in there of another character describing Rachel as a "user". The show is pretty fun & I don't know if it's intentional or a by-product but it really shows how people will put up with anything if you claim to be rich. 5mo
batsy @vivastory Jackpot sounds great, I haven't heard of it so thanks for the rec! 5mo
batsy @vivastory I will say the Morocco episode where Rachel gets caught up in the mess and gets charged 62,000 on both her cards filled me with tremendous anxiety because ofc as the viewers we know exactly what's happening. I just felt like screaming at Rachel to not offer up her credit cards (her work card!!) "just as security". She keeps asking, "It won't be charged, right?" and I'm like Noooo what are you doing!! 5mo
vivastory I did feel bad for Rachel as she was going through the experience and it sounded like a nightmare to deal with it, but in the most recent interview I saw with her she's still claiming she's a victim. Like she literally got rich off being defrauded 🤣 5mo
Megabooks This is fantastic review! 5mo
batsy @vivastory Oh no! Lol so maybe the TV show did get her right, in a way. A lack of self-awareness. Which is probably what made those same people fall for Anna for that long without asking questions or feeling weird about things. 5mo
Centique Top tier popcorn sounds perfect to me! Stacked 😁 5mo
batsy @Megabooks Thank you! 🙂 5mo
batsy @Centique It's a light read that zips along nicely 😁🍿 5mo
CarolynM You‘ve sold me🙂 Stacked. 5mo
batsy @CarolynM Yay! 😊 5mo
Suet624 I just watched Bad Vegan on Netflix. Your comment on the amount of money floating around was on full display in that doc. 5mo
batsy @Suet624 I have not heard of that before, but I've added it to my watchlist! 5mo
Suet624 It‘s 4 episodes. They could have condensed it. But an interesting look at mind control and money. 5mo
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julesG
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Just what @Cinfhen said, a light read and still makes you think.

If you need a #PalateCleanser that's not a romance or cozy mystery, give this one a try.

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

CarolynM I‘m intrigued! 6mo
Cinfhen Perfect description 😃 6mo
Andrew65 Looks fun, well done 👏👏👏 5mo
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julesG
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#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

I saw @Cinfhen review it a few weeks ago, so thought to give it a go.

batsy I just started this, too! 6mo
Cinfhen It was lite and fun @julesG @batsy I hope you both like it - lmk 💗 6mo
Andrew65 Looks a fun read. 6mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Suddenly, Winnie, who disappeared mysteriously from their university, shows back up in Ava‘s life and gets her involved in a scheme to swap high quality counterfeit handbags for high value real ones. Some bits in here are great, including the absolute best response to a racist white woman, but in the end, this book felt a bit lackluster to me. I‘m not sorry I listened to it, but I found it a bit lacking.

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Gleefulreader
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Still here, still reading, although sometimes life gets in the way of posting. This is a fun bit of fluff to read in front of a terrific view.

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abookishbutterfly
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I‘ve been struggling to find the words to express how I felt about this book. What comes to mind is, “It was fine.”

Really, there‘s not much more to say. I enjoyed it, but it wasn‘t the potent social criticism I‘d hoped for, and it felt like it lacked something I can‘t quite put my finger on.

So I‘ll keep this short and sweet. Counterfeit was a quick read, sometimes fun, but nothing I expect to stick with me down the road.

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LKK526
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An Asian woman in the counterfeit handbag business recruits an Asian-American old college friend who has a small child and is unhappy in her marriage. The counterfeit scheme is ingenious and Ava, the friend is sucked into the business. I stayed up reading the other night and had to force myself to sleep. Just perfect for summer.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

I‘m inadvertently on a female con artist kick this month! This quick read tackles the world of luxury goods, the model minority myth, and the American Dream. It‘s definitely bingeable, but I wanted more from it in the end. I think the TV show will be a lot of fun to watch! 🎧 #reesesbookclub

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fictionaddictbooks
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rockpools I‘m quite curious about this one - look forward to your review! 6mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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In this business copycats were an occupational hazard, and only the most inventive, the nimblest, deserved to stay on top.

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Cinfhen
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If you‘re looking for a light read this book will keep you entertained. Ava is recounting how she got drawn into a counterfeit ring, selling luxury handbags to unsuspecting customers. There‘s some clever banter and insightful observations about appearances, motherhood, expectations, status and cultural bias. Pleasant narration but I would have liked two separate VO readers for the two female characters. #BorrowNotBuy

Cinfhen My kids sent me an orchid as an anniversary gift!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! 6mo
vivastory Happy Anniversary 👏 6mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ happy anniversary x 6mo
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Cinfhen Today marks 34 years!!! I‘m starting to feel OLD @TrishB @vivastory Thanks for the good wishes 💖😘 6mo
MicheleinPhilly 34??? WOW! Good for you crazy kids! 6mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
DivineDiana All the best for many more years filled with love! 💞 6mo
rockpools Happy anniversary 🥂 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Happy Anniversary!! 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain @DivineDiana @rockpools @CoffeeNBooks If ya‘ll knew my hubby you‘d really be congratulating me 😉😜He‘s awesome but BIG PERSONALITY 😂😂😂 6mo
BarbaraBB Happy anniversary Cindy for managing that Big Personality 😉. He sounds awesome, lucky you! 💕 6mo
Cinfhen Makes life more FUN that‘s for sure @BarbaraBB speaking of fun….how was 🌶?!?!? 6mo
BarbaraBB The best! They had so much fun playing and performing! Anthony sang better than ever en Flea and his bass rocked so good!!! 6mo
Cinfhen How long did they preform?? Do u remember the set list?? Was it mostly from the new album ?? Im so glad you got to go!!! 6mo
Megabooks Happiest of anniversaries to you a day late!!! 💜💜💜 You and M are both lucky to have each other and three wonderful kids! Congratulations!!! 🥂 Glad you enjoyed the book, too. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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This is just the right book for my current mood 🎧❣️Perfect recommendation @Megabooks 👜😁

Megabooks Yay!! 6mo
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angieinwonderland
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The carefully chosen words, well phrased descriptions and unusual first person story is what got me through the entire story.

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Cinfhen
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So I just sampled 4 audiobooks and this one caught my ear 🎧 👜😁 plus @Megabooks gave it her #SealOfApproval 🙌🏻❣️

squirrelbrain Well…., if @Megabooks has approved it, it must be good! 😁 Looking forward to your thoughts! 6mo
Megabooks I hope you enjoy it! Great choice for a summer weekend! 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks Helen! 😘 I‘m curious what Cindy will think too! 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s just what I needed @squirrelbrain @Megabooks FUN & FABULOUS 🎉🎧🤩 6mo
squirrelbrain I‘m stacking it then! 6mo
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Megabooks
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This was the perfect fast-paced, light #audiobook I needed yesterday. The narration was great, and I loved Ava as unreliable MC.

Ava is a typical overachieving, Chinese-American lawyer with a surgeon husband. When maternity leave has her cash reserves low, an old Stanford friend steps in with a scheme to make money importing counterfeit handbags. As her marriage turns cold, Ava falls deeper into Winnie‘s orbit, but who is exploiting whom?

Cinfhen Sounds super summer fun!! Definitely need to add to my audio list!! I‘ve been so busy all week I‘ve barely listened or read anything 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it is definitely a fun summer read! And you have a lot going on this summer! 6mo
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SilversReviews
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Is it real or a fake?

With Winnie you couldn't tell, but beware it IS a fake.

If you are in the mood for something different and also in the mood for a book that will make you wonder if the purse you have is real or fake, you will enjoy this book.

The ending has a big surprise, but it was just an ok read for me.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/ffyk3242

@kirstin.chen
@HarperCollins

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KristiAhlers
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I read this authors book Soy Sauce for Beginners and loved her author voice. This was a quick read and was told from Ava‘s POV on how she gets roped into the counterfeit bag business. Some legit laugh out loud moments with two strong female characters. Solid book club selection. #bigjunereadathon @Clwojick

BennettBookworm Love the cover 6mo
Clwojick You are flying through the books! Way to go! 6mo
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JoyBlue
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Which is real? Which is fake? I‘m not just talking about the bags. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#counterfeit

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Megabooks
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I had to bring it back because this is truly an epic #NewReleaseTuesday!

Counterfeit (tagged ⬆️) is a @Reviewsbylola rec and today‘s Reese pick. It is the perfect light, fast-paced fiction I needed today! Nuclear Family was from the #CampLitsy longlist. I‘ll tag it and the others ⬇️

Perrotta is right on trend the summer by releasing a sequel to a 20 year old book, but Flick is one of my favorite characters so I‘m psyched!

Info about memoirs ⬇️

Megabooks This sounds like an interesting approach to intergenerational trauma as it relates to war and immigration. 6mo
Megabooks Speaking of Reese, she was the perfect Tracy in Election the movie! 6mo
Megabooks The book Tracy Flick is a sequel to 6mo
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Megabooks The next two are my library memoirs. This one is by a British TV writer whose husband went into a coma and when he awoke insisted she was an imposter. Sounds interesting and scary! 6mo
Megabooks This weaves science and a memoir. I‘m getting Hope Jarhen/Lab Girl vibes 6mo
Cinfhen #BookEnvy but I still love u 😘 6mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve read a lot in the British press about the Morgan memoir -sounds fascinating! 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 I went a little crazy! Yesterday was a hard long Covid day. 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I am looking forward to it. My library gets much more interesting NF than fiction! 6mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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Can't wait to get my hands on this one. It will definitely skip over thousands of books on my TBR to number 1 on the list.