Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz


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 o...

Details Gena/Finn

Release DateMay 17th, 2016
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews Gena/Finn

  • Regan
    I really enjoyed this book! Honestly this book opened as super relatable (follows a friendship that started online through love of a mutual fandom) and then it ended SUPER DEEP. very impressed.
  • Nat
    “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.”This review contains *spoilers*.The first half of this book pleasantly surprised me with how much I liked it. Reading it was so much fun, I’ve never read a book that contains blog posts, emails, texts and even fanfics with fanart. The format of this book was just altogether great. This follows the online f...
  • Lia
    I really didn't want to give this book a low rating. The concept intrigued me so much that I bought it almost as soon as it was out. I am a sucker for stories about online friendships, being someone who spends a lot of time on the Internet herself, and I've always loved books written in unusual formats (especially informal ones like texts and emails.) So I read the synopsis and thought, what could possibly go wrong? And, truth to be told, the boo...
  • emily
    Huh. Okay. Well....This was a really quick read, first of all. I probably could have read this in a day if I wasn't also taking college classes (though I did read it in 2 days), mostly because it's told through blog posts and Facebook-like IM's and text messages and emails so there's never complete full pages of text. This book was a little odd for me, honestly. I started out with no expectations at all. I actually didn't even mean to read it--Ch...
  • Ylenia
    *1.5 stars*Honestly: I want my money back. I wasted two hours reading this. WTF.Do not expect a queer relationship because there's nothing of that - this book is not fun cute romance fluffiness. This is just first half fandom, second half drama. You know I'm a sucker for books like this. ➝Contemporary fiction: check ✔➝LGBTQ+ themes: check ✔➝Chats, letters, texts, blog entries etc: check check check ✔The thing is: half of this book did...
  • Gretchen
    I really loved the first half of this book. The characters felt real and their fannishness was so true to my experience of fandom--in terms of talking about emotions by discussing fandom events and fannish favorite characters, the intensity you can build in a relationship with someone online, how distancing it can be to keep aspects of your fannishness secret from a non-fannish partner as Finn does keeping her fannish intensity from Charlie... al...
  • Selene Matheson
    BookTube-A-Thon Challenege 2016 #3 Read a book you discovered through BookTube. (I found this over with Regan from Peruse Project).I wanted to like this book more. This novel began with a friendship that started online over a fandom. I found the text of the book to be different and interesting as it was made up of blog posts, emails, and text messages. The ending was really deep but I had a hard time connecting to the story. It was an incredibly ...
  • Winx Goll
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair an honest review.**EDIT - I just didn't feel right with my original rating of 3.5 stars, marked as 4 stars on here. So I've downgraded it to 3 stars.I'm marking this as a 3 star rating. The first half was SO fantastic and just read like all the amazing conversations I've had with my very best online friends. I was literally LOL'ing and smiling at that beautifully familiar magic yo...
  • Tijana
    3.5 stars Stories change in memory and in the retelling, and you write and rewrite them until they're what you want them to be, but this is one story I want you to remember the way it happened. I want you to remember the people we are now, the times I was there for you and the times I let you down. I want you to love me weak like I loved you crazy, and when we're both on top again we'll remember that we did it. I expected for this book to be a cu...
  • Alexandra
    this book started out extremely fun and fangirl-y and it was filled with the I CAN'T EVENs and CAN WE JUSTs of two girls on a fandom for a tv show. I was hooked. it has been a long, long time since I've participated in any kind of fandom but this made me recall those days fondly ♥ however. then, this book just took a turn for the dark. like...dark dark. I was left wondering how on god's green earth did we get from OH MY GOD YOU GUYS to.....this...
  • Megan
    I'm mad. I'm angry because this book had so much promise to be a ground-breaking LGBTQ+ book. There were so many things wrong with it though. Let's just dive right in.This book immediately starts off on a bad foot. The author (well, there are two, but I'm just gonna use singular) throws the reader immediately into a post written by Gena about the show that she's obsessed with. A show called Up Below. It seems to be some sort of cop show involving...
  • Izzy
    I am a fan. It's not just something I do, it's something about the way I'm wired. It's not like this is the first time this has happened. 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. I don't know what's the matter with me, but everytime I pick up a contemporary hoping for something light and fluffy, it ends up dealing with some darker themes that I didn't expec...
  • Wart Hill
    Things I Find While ShelvingI received a free ARC via NetGalleyI feel like something is missing in this book.The first half was. Well it was a giant ball of nerdy wonderfulness. It reminded me of the days when fandom on LJ was hopping. Ah I miss those days. *pauses for a moment of nerdy recollecitons**cough*AhemThe second half was. It was heartbreaking and beautiful and hard to read and so well done.But in between. I felt like the shift between t...
  • Stacy
    Okay, I'm just hiding this entire thing because most of what I want to talk about contains spoilers. The more I think about it the more I feel pretty misled by the marketing and even the title and the summary of this book. Maybe I'm just weird, but generally I don't expect a HOT PINK book to contain themes of death and heavy trauma. I think it upsets me more because the book is about fandom, and clearly understands fandom well. The summary is in ...
  • Chiara
    A copy of this novel was provided by Chronicle Books for review via Edelweiss.Gena/Finn is the story of two girls who meet online via their mutual love for a TV show (called Up Below, which REALLY reminded me of Supernatural because it’s about two guys and their extreme devotion to each other and their willingness to do anything for the other – you see what I mean).It was absolutely fucking brilliant to read about this, because I have made so...
  • Luu
    MINIRECENZIA NA BLOGUHromada potenciálu, ktorý úplne zabila posledná tretina. 60% sa kniha tvári ako nádherne všedný príbeh zo života: Genu zvalcuje šok pri príchode na výšku, Finn dospelosť po nej, platenie účtov a (z jej strany) nuda v dlhodobom vzťahu. Prešla som si recenzie a ľudia samozrejme frflú na celkom nesprávne veci - že je tam fanfiction na fiktívny seriál, ktorý autorka nikdy poriadne nevysvetlí a musia si ...
  • Taylor Knight
    This book is such an accurate portrayal of being a fangirl and meeting friends on the internet. I really loved the style that this book was written and I loved the characters even more. It did get a little slow for me at times but it wasn't necessarily boring. I was kind of surprised by the direction that this book took and the end didn't really fit with the story, in my opinion. And even though I loved Gena and Finn, I was really confused by the...
  • Vee S
    I don't know what to THINK about this book. I read it in a day. Was engrossed the whole time-- like, Harry Potter level engrossed where I couldn't stop thinking about it even if I stopped reading, and got mad at anyone who interrupted me. So it was good. Really really good. Unexpected. Funny. Intense. ... I'm going to need to give this some space before I write a full review though. Man. Idk why it affected me in this way, but. It did.
  • Rebekah Gordon
    Ok, I feel like I should maybe actually give this book a lower rating, but I can't take off my fangirl goggles and put objective criticism goggles on (if those are even a thing that exist). I would say, even though this is sort of spoilers territory: don't get your hopes up too much about the romance. I know, I know, you see it's tagged glbt, you see the title is Gena/Finn AND you see Finn is short for Stephanie and you're a fangirl and you know ...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*My fangirl heart could not get enough of this book. I was so invested, because I could relate to so many of the things that Gena and Finn talked about and went through. Fandoms, balancing real life with an internet-based hobby that takes up tons of time, befriending other fabulous people who love the same stuff you do- it was not only...
  • Stefani Sloma
    I’m just not sure what to make of this book. I have really mixed feelings. It was a quick read, so that was good.I was so invested in this book. For the first half or so. Then there’s a major event, and I felt the transition from the first half to the second was really awkward and not well done in my opinion. I wanted to stay invested because I really liked these nerdy, adorable, smart characters in the beginning. The book went from being rea...
  • rachel • typed truths
    This is my third Moskowitz book this year… and the first I didn’t enjoy. I just… I’m so confused about what to think about this book. I cannot stress enough how conflicted I’m feeling at the moment. I had felt every emotion possible when reading this book - both the good and the bad ones. I think that I will just have to talk about each part of the book separately so you’ll understand why I’m feeling so conflicted and messy about th...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    This book is in equal turns beautiful and heartbreaking. It took me a little while to get what the fandom Gena and Finn love was about, but once I got that under wraps, it was impossible to put down. I could be wrong, but I think the Jake and Tyler relationship was very loosely based on Supernatural (not that anything that happens on Up Below is the same as my experience anyway, but the idea of two main male characters, who have...
  • Anatea Oroz
    DNFI just couldn't get into the story.Maybe it's because of an earc and the format where it looked really messy, but I couldn't make myself to read it.
  • Julianne
    I just.yeah.I had to set this book down because it got to be SO MUCH at the end. I did love both Finn and Gena but I didn't always feel like they had much personality. Yes they were into fandom and Gena was a writer and Finn an artist but it stops around there? Gena's main personality trait was that she is mentally ill and Finn's was... that she had a boyfriend? I dont know. I liked their characters but they could have been much stronger.but this...
  • Azbaqiyah
    This is one of a very unique way to tell a story...The story's flow move by interaction between two people, Gena & Finn by emails, blog, letters, messege...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Raincoast for this ARC!Gena/Finn is a book that brought up a lot for memories for me. The majority of my university years were spent with people loving and worshiping fandoms. From cheesy Canadian televisions shows such as The Collector to the fantasticly aged video game series Suikoden, the majority of the friends that I have came from being a part of a fandom.This book is told in a mixed media format: chat logs, e-mails, text ...