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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.
The story follows two girls from just before their first conversation, encompassing their lives both on and offline, and showing just how easily two lives can become permanently entwined. The novel is an accurate display of the, often ignored in YA books, modern way many relationships form, something that I hope more authors will begin to utilize. Genna and Finn meet online because of a mutual fandom, and the entire book is written in the form of blog posts, private messages, emails, and text messages.
Through entrancing dialog, the novel accurately represents the bond that members of a fandom can share, as well as how they can be seen by outsiders. When their worlds start falling apart, Genna and Finn look to each other for support, despite their vast differences. And when things really go south, they find they can depend on each other more than either of them, or the reader, could have expected. The ending was open enough to leave the reader room to guess for themselves the conclusion to some of the conflict, something that, personally, I love. The book’s only fault was that between trying keep their usernames, their real names, and their nicknames straight, I occasionally got the two girls confused.
Genna/Finn is a captivating story of relatable friendship that you wont be able to put down for a second.