book review: gena/finn ~ a quirky must read

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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date
: May 17 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

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 bought an ebook copy of Gena/Finn on a whim because it was on sale but when I finally started reading it, I couldn’t put it down! The book is about Gena and Finn who meet online because they belong to the same fandom. As their offline lives get messy, they get closer to each other.

I’ll be honest – I didn’t completely understand the nature of their relationship. At times they seemed to be more than friends but towards the end, that attraction kind of dissipated..This also led me to wonder whether both characters were bisexual.

The way the book was narrated through blog posts, journal entries, texts, and the like was refreshing. I particularly liked the sections of the book that consisted of messages exchanged between Gena and Finn. I found their interactions quite interesting because they’re two characters who are at very different points in their life. Gena is going to start college soon and Finn has finished college but is now struggling to get a job. 

Both of their struggles felt very relatable and I was rooting for them to get their damn happy ending….which is why the ending of Gena/Finn really disappointed me. I can’t say more because this is supposed to be spoiler free!! But the plot twist was shocking and alright, I know in some ways, maybe it did make more sense for Gena/Finn to end that way…..but yeah. I was frustrated!!

TLDRGena/Finn is a quirky book that you should definitely add to your tbr pile.

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16 thoughts on “book review: gena/finn ~ a quirky must read

  1. WOW! Talk about reeling me in Rachana! I totally bought into the whole different format storytelling only to learn the end it so terribly disappointing… Now I’m running scared. ❤ My favorite contemporary has to be Fangirl… I don’t know I just love awkward. Great review 😀

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    1. Hey Dani! Noo didn’t mean to scare you away too haha. (You’re not the only one who commented about the ending lol) I love Fangirl too! And thanks! 🙂

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  2. I love picking up unexpected books like this one! I have seen this cover a few times, but never really spent the time to find out what it is all about. I love a quirky story and this one sounds right up my alley. I am definitely going to give it a try as well. Lovely review!! 🙂

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  3. Omg Rachana, I’m so glad you liked the book but am also so scared to pick it up because of that twist ending you mentioned! It probably makes the book realistic (at least in my experience the disappointing endings are usually the realistic ones) but sometimes my heart just can’t take it. 😛 Lovely review!

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    1. Hey Aila, I didn’t mean to scare you off but yes, I do agree with you that those kinds of endings are more realistic (even as they break our hearts). And thank you!

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  4. Lovely review ❤ ❤ I feel like you felt the exact same way about this book than I did, I'm glad! I also really enjoyed it and seeing the relationship develop in the story, but that ending completely threw me off, I didn't expect that and… it was kind of frustrating for sure :/

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    1. Thank you Marie! Oh it makes me happy to hear that you felt the same way. I was looking through Goodreads again and I was surprised by all the negative reviews. Yeah that ending was really something..

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  5. Ooh I am curious to read this one! Sucks about the ending though…I always feel frustrated when we invest a LOT into a book and then it crumples at the end?! Eh, it can be so anti-climatic almost. Still!! I’d like to try this someday!

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    1. Yeah I totally agree with you Cait! That was why I was disappointed. But yeah, I did enjoy this book. I feel like the journey is also important (I know that sounds almost cheesy haha).

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