Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Queen of Geek was exactly what I’ve been wanting and needing. It was a diverse, YA contemporary that was a light, quick read while also not glossing over serious topics. The novel is told from two POVs: Taylor is on the autism spectrum and struggles with severe anxiety, while Charlie is a Chinese American, bisexual Youtuber. We follow Charlie, Taylor, and their other best friend Jamie through a weekend at SupaCon, a fictional Comic Con. Charlie is there to promote her new movie (co-starring her douche canoe ex-boyfriend, yikes!), while Taylor and Jamie spend most of the weekend in a quest to meet Taylor’s favorite actress and idol. There were so many important things addressed well: bi-erasure, body shaming, ableism, anxiety, consent, panic attacks, women supporting women, and sexism. I wish more YA books covered these topics because they’re so important for teens to read about. Oh and did I mention the book is #ownvoices?? Jen Wilde is autistic and bisexual.
I loved Charlie and Taylor’s friendship. It reminds me so much of the relationship I have with my friends. The only reason I knocked my rating down half a star is because I wish we’d gotten to know more of the backstory behind the characters. The entire novel takes place during their weekend at SupaCon, and I’d have loved to read more about their lives back in Australia and how they all became friends.
Highly highly recommend this one if you love fandom talk, Supernatural references, female friendships, realistic diverse characters, YouTubers, and geeky romances.
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.
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