Title: Gena/Finn Author: Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson Publisher: Abrams Published: 17th May 2016 Pages: 287 Format: Hardback Source:: Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
Summary: The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.
Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages but just never got around to it so that when I finally did, I was kicking myself because this book was incredible. I read it quickly as I instantly became engrossed in the words on the page. I fell in love with Gena and Finn instantaneously. They were both wonderful, complex and fascinating characters that really brought the book to life.
This book follows the lives of Gena and Finn as they meet each other and how that incidentally affected the rest of their lives. I absolutely loved how this book explores fandom and the internet and how it can bring people closer together who may have never met originally. It was a wonderful way to shine a light on this new technological age and really pulled at my heartstrings. It showed how powerful and complicated relationships in any age can be.
Vibrant, unique and complicated characters enrich this book from start to finish. Both authors have created truly wonderful characters full of life and flaws to really ground this book in reality. I was blown away by both Gena and Finn and their journeys as they learn to understand who they are and who they’re meant to become. It was very intriguing to witness as their lives spiralled and intertwined throughout and where it all eventually ended.
Gena/Finn is not your average book. It is a book that questions things and makes you wonder about friendships and relationships and mental health. It constantly changes, drawing you further and further into its world of difficulties and love. It is a fascinating read that I gobbled up quickly and would highly recommend to others. So if you’re looking for a book that is just a little bit different, you should definitely give this book a try.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **