Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Gena/Finn, a book about two women who befriend each other over the love of a TV show, I had the opportunity to ask the authors, Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson, which was their first fandom they remember being passionate about.
KAT: Star Wars. The year was 1997 and I was a die-hard LukeGirl. I didn’t know how to be a fangirl at the time, though, so I dealt with my passion by memorizing facts. Did you know the Death Star trash compactor was located in unit number 326-3827? True story.
HANNAH: Well, I was six in 1997, so not Star Wars….Harry Potter was mine, like most people my age, probably.
Genevieve (Gena) and Stephanie (Finn), two women across the country and at different stages of their young lives develop a kinship over the love of their favourite buddy cop show, Up Below. College-bound Gena, known in the fandom universe by her popular blog and fanfiction starts chatting with Finn, in her twenties and living with her long-term boyfriend. When their real lives start falling apart around them, they seek solace in their quickly deepening friendship.
Told entirely in forms of communication, gena/finn was a delightfully quick read. The narrative develops from blog posts, instant messages, emails and journal entries, which surprisingly is able to give a full picture of the events that unfold. Similar to the dramatic turn their lives take, the story also follows that direction. While I originally thought this would simply be a light read, it tackles some difficult issues and treads along a darker path as well.
I felt the friendship that develops to be very relevant and relatable – especially in the world we live in now where everyone is able to connect with anyone anywhere online. I myself have met some of my closest friends online through the various fandoms I’m a part of. I loved the interactions the two of them had not only with each other but with other fans, whether it was those who they agreed or disagreed with. It was entertaining to see familiar characteristics of people that the majority of us probably have encountered if we spent any good amount of time online.
This book is great for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (for the context) and Meg Cabot’s The Boy Next Door (for the story format). gena/finn is great for a quick weekend read!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 /5 stars)
Available: April 5, 2016
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for this blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
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