texts, chats, and blog posts

1 Aug

I love epistolary fiction.

I love letter writing and bemoan its extinction. I still have all the letters I sent to my parents when I was an exchange student in Denmark, They were wise enough to save them.

Epistolary fiction has evolved into  novels told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts, like the book I just read:  Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson.

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

The format allows for a quick read and there is a twist I wasn’t expecting. I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would.

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