Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: May 17 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
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!!
TLDR; Gena/Finn is a quirky book that you should definitely add to your tbr pile.