Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Gena/Finn Blog Tour - Review, Q/A, and Giveaway

Woohoo! Happy Tuesday, Cupcakes!

Today I'm especially excited to be hosting authors Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson on A Cupcake and a Latte for the Gena/Finn blog tour! On today's stop, I'll be featuring a review, exclusive Q/A with the authors, and a giveaway for a finished copy of Gena/Finn. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for working hard to organize this event, to Hannah and Kat for participating, and to all my fellow book bloggers participating in the blog tour.

by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
Publisher:  Chronicle Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 345
Release Date:May 17th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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.

When the wonderful ladies of Raincoast Books first pitched Gena/Finn during their spring preview event, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite titles of the year. It's synopsis pitched a relationship between two fangirls that was right up my alley, a relationship that I was positive would inspire me as well as move me.

Gena/Finn was not only a powerful coming of age story, it was also a tale of friendship, love, and conquering everything life throws at us and coming back stronger than ever. I admit it, cupcakes, there were a few moments there that Gena/Finn had me sitting back, placing said book on my lap, and tearing up. A lot of their interactions hit me in a way I didn't know would, and it was (don't be surprised) a wonderful experience. I absolutely adored the duo, their connection with each other, their ups and downs, and everything in between. Gena/Finn is a definite go-to read for any fanboy or fangirl, and I can assure you this touching title will beg to be re-read over and over again.

Furthermore, this book made me miss my fellow book bloggettes over at Book Blog Ontario (Miss you, ladies!) and reminded me how awesome Tsunami, my long time bookish friend and cupcake wife, has always been! Every single one of you make being part of the bookish community a wonderful experience, and I can't imagine being a part of this world without you. Feel free to consider this as a proposal, I'm fully prepared to marry every single one of you.

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes

Q/A with authors Hannah and Kat

Q: How did it feel to write/collaborate on Gena/Finn? Furthermore, did you take inspiration from your own personal experiences with fanfiction and message boards?

HANNAH: We'd collaborated on fanfic before so writing together was pretty easy for us.

KAT: It was fun, too. A lot of the time it was just like talking. Hannah is great at slipping into the voice of a character—I hope I'm decent at it too!—so we'd just "be" Gena and Finn and chat with each other for a while, and the chapter we were writing would emerge from that.

To your second question, being part of a fandom has been absolutely awesome for both of us. I've been writing fanfiction since I was twelve years old and discovered that Star Wars was a thing, but the internet was so young and weird then that it was hard to find a community. These days it's much easier to find people who are fans of the same things you are. One thing that goes on sort of subtly throughout the book is that Gena and Finn have a consistent group of fandom friends who comment on their journal posts, and that's something Hannah and I always enjoyed.

Giveaway (Canada Only)

Excited about Gena/Finn? Here's your opportunity to win a finished copy of Hannah and Kat's highly anticipated title! A big thank you to Raincoast Books for organizing this amazing blog tour and for donating a finished copy for giveaway, as well as an equally huge thank you to Hannah and Kat!

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  1. Katherine Pinacho15 March 2016 at 08:41

    Gena and Finn sounds lovely! Thank you for the review, q&a and giveaway!

  2. I'm very excited for Gena/Finn after reading your review, Wendy.

  3. I personally enjoy stories that sound similar to this one. I think I'll enjoy it when I finally get my hands on it. Thank you, Wendy, for your thoughtful post.

  4. Fantastic and enthusiastic review. I prefer books targeted towards fandom, and I look forward to preordering Gena and Finn.