Saturday, June 18, 2016

GENA/FINN by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

Thank you Goodreads for this copy of GENA/FINN.

GENA /FINN is an unusual collaboration between Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson. Written completely in emails, blog posts, and texts, the story between two unlikely friends unfolds in bits and pieces.

Both Gena (Genevieve) and Finn (Stephanie) are total fans of the TV show Up Below. Each writes fanfic involving the characters in the show, especially the lead characters, Tyler and Zach.

Gena is a senior at a prestigious boarding school. Finn has already graduated from college and is searching for an ever-illusive job. When she moved to California to live with her boyfriend, she had hopes of finding the perfect life.

The two young women use the online world of fanfic as an escape from their daily lives. Neither has a close enough friendship with anyone to share their worries and concerns. When they connect online, they magically hit it off, and they are soon sharing secrets they would never have thought to share with their real life acquaintances.

Finn shares her fear of commitment when her boy friend proposes, and Gena shares her battle with mental illness and her concerns about college. The friendship grows to the point of almost total devotion. When tragedy strikes Gena, Finn drops everything to be there for her friend, even though she knows she may be risking her own future happiness.

Moskowitz and Helgeson illustrate the strong bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty in this unique new novel.

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