This Wednesday I wanna talk about a book I have been waiting for since the end of 2014. Finally, finally we’re just a few months away from release!
Waiting on Wednesday theme: YA Contemporary
What’s more contemporary than Gossip Girl? 🙂
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.
So FANGIRL meets YOU’VE GOT MAIL?
I’m here for it!
Gena/Finn’s cover is super minimal, but I love how their names appear in text bubbles, like they’re chatting online.
I’m at loss for what to say here, other than I love the concept. I love how Gena and Finn are both opposites, and yet women who appear different get along. Too long I’ve seen the popular girl vs the nerd or some iteration of the mean girl in YA as a plot device to make the MC’s life difficult. Gena/Finn seems like a story about women and inter-female relationships and recognizes how important they are.
I also love stories that aren’t a straightforward narrative. Most recently I read Illuminae, but the first epistolary novel I read was in middle school called P.S. Longer Letter Later. I feel like it adds a whole new layer and dimension to the story. It’s also a different reading experience, compared to a straightforward narrative.
Are you excited for GENA/FINN? What YA Contemporary do you wish you could time travel to 2016 for and read?