The CHB Read & Review Club is for educators and students who enjoy reading and would like to share the joy of reading with others through reviewing and recommending books. As a bookshop, we often receive special review copies of books in advance of their release dates so that we can review them. However, since we can only read so many books and we value the thoughts and opinions of other readers, CHB is recruiting educators and students to read and review advance reader copies (or arcs) of books that we receive, and we'll post their reviews on the Cavalier House Books website via the Read & Review Club Blog!
Sam B. (15) is a Read & Review Club member, and she has written a review of Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson!
From the publisher’s marketing: "Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena's world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age."
Check out what Sam has to say about the book:
While reading Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson I had mixed emotions throughout the book. This book was a really quick read and I really liked the fandom element. Gena/Finn was a wonderfully raw, emotional, and relatable book all the way until the end. I expected this book to have gay and bisexual girls but it ended up being extremely confusing. If you like fandoms and young adult books, you’ll most likely like this book. If you like accurate representation of sexualities other than heterosexuality, this book will probably make you mad. I loved how Gena/Finn represented internet friends and how they really can be actual friends. This book is equally beautiful and heartbreaking. Once I started reading the book it was nearly impossible to read, that is, until the last third of the book. The format of the books takes a little time to get used to, but once you get used to it I’m certain you’ll love this book. While the book was raw, emotional, and relatable it was also very funny and humorous. I really enjoyed watching the girls’ relationship and friendship develop throughout the book. It’s so interesting to read about two people who are completely opposites come together to be friends.
Thanks to Sam for her review!
Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction.