by Hannah Moskowitz, Kat Helgeson


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Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena's world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.

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ISBN-13: 9781452138398
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hannah Moskowitz is the acclaimed author of numerous middle grade and young adult novels, including A History of Glitter and Blood. She lives in New York City.

Kat Helgeson writes young adult novels and lives in Chicago with her husband and a healthy preoccupation with fictional characters.

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Gena/Finn 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
I've made no secret of the fact that I was heavily involved in the Harry Potter fandom back in the day. Though the subject of fandom has been addressed in several YA novels in recent years, never had I seen one that I felt accurately depicted the intensity of bonds made online with others who *get it* when it comes to your favorite book, TV show, or movie. Gena and Finn perfectly capture the dynamics of fangirls whose devotion to their favorite show, UP BELOW, lends meaning to their everyday lives in a way that might look, well, a little deranged, to those who have never experienced fandom. No wonder 22-year-old Finn (short for Stephanie) is afraid to tell her live-in boyfriend just how much fanart she has drawn, or how close she has gotten to 18-year-old fanfiction writer Gena through their online chats and emails. The question of what exactly their relationship is provides an source of drama - until Gena suffers a tragedy that renders labels moot and makes it clear that Finn will be there for her no matter what.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So amazing! Beautifully written and rugged on my heartstrings.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
my rating: 4.5 stars “I’ve always had a fandom. I’ve always had characters who live in my head and mess with my heart and tell me stories, and I love it.” Gena and Finn is one of those books that I picked up because it's supposed to be about college and switching from Highschool to college, which is something that I've been looking for more. Don't get me wrong I still love my YA, but I want college books now too, ones that don't involve sex all the time. This book did that, we get to see Gena go from a boarding school to a college setting where she struggles to cope with multiple things. We see her struggle to make ends meet and her parents being absent, all while she's in this fandom and is pretty well known in it. Then we have Finn who is a recent college graduate looking for a job, and trying to decide if she wants to be with her boyfriend forever or not. She is also in the same fandom as Gena but isn't as well known and Finn does some pretty nice fan art as well. Gena and Finn are two unlikely characters who probably wouldn't have ever met if it hadn't been for fandom. With this fandom, they slowly become friends and start to tell each other everything. Things that they haven't ever told anyone else. We get to see them fall in a type of love, and friendship where the lines blur and your not really sure if they're a thing or not. Which makes things extremely complicated considering Finn has a boyfriend who wants to marry her. Besides the romance part of this book, though we get to see a condition where Gena sees's things that aren't really there and even though she is on medicine for it, it has greatly made her question everything she see's because of that. Overall I really liked this story. Not only was it a nice college-aged book that shows freshman year and what happens after graduating. It dealt with internet friendships and how fandoms can make some of the best bonds between people. It dealt with what happens when your alone and have no one really to talk to about things. Gena/Finn also deals with so much more. If you want a college-aged book that shows the reality of and fandom as well, then this book is for you! "You didn't get to choose what happened to you. You don't get to choose if it still hurts you. You get to choose if you put it in your sentence about yourself."
The-Reading-Geek More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Gena/Finn a lot. I tend to be picky about books that are told entirely through emails, blog posts, and text messages because I feel like the plot can get lost easily. However in the case of Gena/Finn, it was done really well. Gena/Finn is the story of Gena and Finn who both love the tv show Up Below. Gena writes fan fiction and is finishing up her senior year of high school while Finn is trying to adjust to life after college. The two form an online friendship that quickly turns into much more. Gena and Finn were both interesting and fairly well developed characters. Both of them had their own voices that clearly differed from each other through their texts, emails, and blog posts. I really liked how you got to know each of these characters just as they were getting to know each other too. Gena is so focused on school and in between that time of the end of high school and the start of college. I really liked how open and upfront Gena could be at times. Whereas Finn is living in a new city with her boyfriend and trying to find a job. She isn't sure what the next step in her life will be and she isn't ready to make a huge commitment. Finn was definitely a character who I could connect with a lot. I loved the way the relationship developed between Gena and Finn. They started a friendship over a common interest and it quickly, but realistically, developed into meaning so much more. It was clear just how much they both cared about each other and what their friendship meant to each other. The plot was paced well and I read this book in one sitting because it moved along so quickly. I liked how it alternated back and forth between Gena and Finn because it kept the story moving. However, the last quarter of the book took an unexpected turn and I didn't love it. I didn't completely hate it either, but I just felt like it was very unexpected. Overall I really enjoyed Gena/Finn a lot and I definitely recommend picking this one up! It's a quick read about friendship, life, and the online community. *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
YAMixtape More than 1 year ago
So this book was a fast read! I was not expecting to finish this book in one day. I think it’s mainly because of the way the story is presented, it’s told through online journals, emails, text messages, etc. There actually is never a normal story form set up in this book. Which worked really well for the first half of the book. For the last half, I think that’s part of why this story just didn’t feel like I was connecting to it. I felt like I was connecting so well with the characters in the beginning. But in the last part, I think that it really should have switched to a more normal story telling mode because the journal writing was so strange. Gena was writing for someone to read in the future. But just the fact that she was actually writing while doing something else? I was like, yeah, that’s basically impossible. It really made me disconnect with the story because all I was thinking during the journal writing was, just tell us the story from a normal perspective. Just let it play out, you don’t need to keep this “screen” between the story anymore, this isn’t adding anything like it was earlier. So that was kind of disappointing because I was totally on board for this story and then I just became so disconnected. The other part that really disconnected me from the story was Gena’s relationship with Charlie. The relationship you have with a significant other is so tender there in the beginning. The way Gena was treating Charlie was just bad. It was not the way you treat someone. Like I wanted Charlie to get away from her because she obviously was NEVER going to be ready for what he wanted. Ever. She had too much she needed to figure out about herself and good on her for seeing that she needed to do that. But not good on her for stringing him along. It was also a problem for me with how wonderful Charlie was. There are great guys in the world. A lot of them. I made so many cringe faces reading the parts when he was interacting with Gena and Finn. It was just overkill. Also, sorry. I didn’t expect to start this off so negative. I DID enjoy the layout of the book in the first half. It made it feel more real than telling the story in a normal story mode would have done. Because I see this play out all day on the internet. It’s one of the things I love most about the internet! I loved how the fandom worked out in the pages. Their relationship with TylerGirl was hilarious. All throughout the book. Because there’s always someone like that. I really liked the way they talked about fandoms and how it can help you connect to people. Gena’s thoughts after a fan Con they went to perfectly describes every Con I’ve ever been to. You get to be with your PEOPLE. When I leave book cons or when I’ve left various fan cons, you so get that down after that rush of being around other people who get what you feel. So yeah, that whole part really stood out to me. Overall, this wasn’t a bad book and it was a really fast read. I think if they had broken their “this has to be told through writing and not from first or third perspective”, this book would’ve been solid all the way through. I borrowed this from the library and I’m glad I did. It was a nice, fast read.