Published by Chronicle Books on May 17th 2016
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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.
We are so excited to host a blog stop for Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson’s Gena/Finn. Now that it’s out in the world, one thing we like to fantasize about is seeing it turned into a movie! Right now this is just a daydream – there are no plans for a Gena/Finn film – but we’ve done a lot of thinking about who we’d like to see cast in the nonexistent movie. Here are our thoughts.
● Ellen Page as Gena. You can just hear her voice doing Gena’s lisp. Ellen is sad-eyed and seems wise beyond her years, even when she’s having fun. We’d ask her to gain some weight for the role, to better match Gena’s build.
● Alona Tal as Finn. Finn is a classic blonde-haired California sweetheart who’s pale from being inside all the time. Alona is a perfect fit. We love how genuinely caring her expression can be.
● Jay Baruchel as Charlie. A nerd, but a cute one. We’d probably ask him to go clean-shaven for the role.
● Jonathan Bennett as John. A preppy guy, but not in an annoying way. He seems like the type to pull down good grades by day and break the rules by night.
● Ving Rhames as Carl Casden/Evanson. Jake and Tyler, and by extension Zack and Toby, are based on characters from the TV show Supernatural, so recasting them would be strange. Evanson is our creation, though, and Ving Rhames’ history of portraying powerful men with complex loyalties makes him a great fit.
● Emmy Rossum as TylerGirl93. We love you Emmy, we’re sorry! Emmy is beautiful but has demonstrated the ability to play characters who become shrill and outspoken when angered.
If you haven’t yet read Gena/Finn, pick up a copy today and see if you agree with our choices!
The format of this book is done in a format filled with text messages, emails and journal posts:
I think these days this format is so very relatable. I’m currently reading the story, and I am very curious to see how it unfolds. The buzz on Gena/Finn is quite impressive:
“This one definitely kicks up some emotional landmines; it’ll also make you legit lol, hard.”—Barnes & Noble blog
“If Hannah Moskowitz writes it-or in this case, co-writes it-I will read it.”—Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom, a Kirkus Reviews Blog
“Vividly portrays the minute-to-minute nature of modern communication.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s very satisfying to see this moment in fandom and Internet-originating relationships so capably represented.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Allows readers to close the cover pondering all the different ways humans can love.”—School Library Journal
“This portrayal of the fan world is spot-on… focused firmly on the real, messy relationships that can form in the digital age.”—Booklist
Thanks to Chronicle Books, we have a copy of Gena/Finn to giveaway! This is a story for all fangirls/fanboys, and definitely one you’ll want to read this summer. Look for my review later this month:
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. Hanna and Kat first met online in a fan fiction forum for the TV show Supernatural, and IRL at a fan con.