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Book Review: Gena/Finn

Title: Gena/Finn
Authors: Kat Helgeson and Hannah MoskowitzGenre: Teen/YA realistic fictionRating: 4Reviewer: Em

This book is way different then I thought it would be. When I picked it up at my local book store, I chose it because, first of all, I liked how it was all in emails and texts and stuff like that; not in the usual format you read a book in. I like books like that.

Anyway, I read this book in a day. It was a fairly quick read, but it was interesting - very interesting. I thought it'd just be a cute book on two people meeting, and then becoming great friends (or more, maybe). It was so much more than that. It wasn't like my new favorite book, but still. Like Finn said (I think it was Finn) about the TV show they both love, it's about how the characters change more than the plot. And I found that to be kind of true with this book. You really get to know the characters in this book.

This book was complicated. Things got pretty messy, and I found myself sorta uncomfortable towards the end. It was definitely a book that made you feel things. I related to a lot of the characters, especially Gena. Their relationship is also similar to a relationship between me and one of my best friends. So, basically, this book was very relatable.

One thing that bothered me about this book is the openness of Gena's name. Finn mostly called her Evie, so hearing Gena now feels weird. In real life, Evie said that most people called her Gena, but since Finn remained calling her Eve and Evie, the name Gena was not really used in the book too much.

The plot twist in the middle; oh gosh. Completely did not see that coming, and it broke my heart. Their relationship completely changed, and it made me sad, if I'm being honest. It seemed a bit abrupt, like it changed in an instant. I wish sometimes that it was formatted like most books, because I would have really liked to know how they interacted offline. And in the times where they didn't interact online, it seems like they were distant and weren't talking to each other, although this may not have been the case.

Also, towards the end, I felt like Evie was inside her head, and you didn't really get to say goodbye to the character, if you know what I mean. I just feel you didn't get to know what was up with her when you really needed to.

So, while I had some problems with this book, I still enjoyed this book immensely. Their relationship seemed to grow throughout the book. Their lives weren't cake walks, and they had trouble dealing with their relationship, their relationships with others, and how their relationship affected others.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book -- I've never read a book written in that kind of format!


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