A television show that they adore,
Creative juices flowing in words and art,
Completing the story arc, like their friendship completes them…
I heard authors Hannah (Not Otherwise Specified, which I love) and Kat last month at TxLA as they discussed fandoms, friendship, and writing this book together totally through chat and email – so good.
Ask for this April 2016 release at your local library or independent bookstore. And for more on real-life fandoms and cons (“Up Below” is a fictional TV show), look for Sam Maggs’ Fangirls’ Guide to the Galaxy which I recommended here.
And it’s National Readathon Day, too!! Share what you’re reading today with hashtag #Readathon2016.
Fandom or obsession? Discuss.
Book info: Gena/Finn / Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson. Chronicle Books, 2016. [Hannah’s site] [Kat’s site] [publisher site] [authors’ video] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
My book talk: Brought together online by the fanfic and fanart that they create for a beloved TV show, two young women bond immediately and experience friendship’s highs and lows as other relationships falter.
Fanfic stories by Evie (short for Gena’s online name) that fill in the gaps in their favorite TV cop show inspire Finn (for Stephanie) to start drawing again. Sharing her art with Evie leads to numerous email and chat exchanges as recent college grad Finn and high school senior Evie find so much in common.
Big questions link into the backstory for their mutual admiration:
Should Finn really have followed boyfriend Charlie to California after college?
Is getting into an Ivy League school truly in Gena’s best interests?
Why won’t Gena stay in the room with cast members of “Up Below” when this fancon is the reason she and Finn traveled from opposite coasts to meet in person?
Told entirely in texts, chat windows, emails, fanfic, fanart, and journal entries, this coming of age story celebrates the passion of fandoms, the strength of women’s friendships, and the unlikelihood of completely outrunning one’s past.