Thursday, June 9, 2016
Gena/ Finn is a book I was looking forward to due to the premise- two women and their shared love of fandom- but I came away with mixed feelings on this one. It's fast paced and told through blog posts, texts and email and examines mental health themes as well as what it means to be an adult in today's world. Their lives are pretty different other than their shared interest in a certain show. Gena writes fan fic and Finn runs a blog and this reminded me of Fangirl a bit due to the two male characters who are the focus of the fandom. Gena and Finn become best friends very quickly and this causes problems in Finn's relationship with her boyfriend.
I liked this book a lot for about the first half or so, I found it funny and true to life. The problem I had was the second half- the story changes dramatically and turns a bit darker and I lost the connection to the characters. I was into both and the sudden switching of gears just changed the tone- it was abrupt and I just wasn't feeling what I think the authors are going for. That may be just me though, I just didn't like the direction it took towards the end.
Again this book is funny at times and the chat/ messaging elements felt authentic, it's a great exploration of what makes fandoms so real. For me personally the later part of the story didn't work but I still think this is a good read.