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.
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OMG OMG OMG!!! THIS BOOK!!! THIS BOOK!!!
This is definitly my favorite contemporary YA book IN A LONG TIME. I was expecting to like it, of course, because that blurb is awesome, but I couldn’t quite imagine how IN LOVE I would be with this book. It’s serious. This book? AWESOME!
This is my first book by Jen Wilde and I loved loved loved the writing. The book is told through Tayor and Charlie’s POVs, two of the 3 friends going to SupaCon, and, just like these two characters, their voices are super different. I never had to go back to the beginning of a chapter to know who was talking.
But the most amazing thing about this book? The characters!!! I love these characters, but mostly Taylor. I love her. I see myself in her on some issues, and I see my friends in her a little bit as well. I think she’s one of those characters who everyone will see themselves in a bit, you know? Like Cath from Fangirl? I loved how brave she was, even when she was scared out of her wits, and how good she was. Have I mentioned how much I loved her? Also, she has severe social anxiety, she’s heavier, and she’s on the Autism spectrum. I LOVED TAYLOR!!!!
Then there’s Charlie, and while it took me a little bit more time to warm up to her, I did, because she’s brilliant! Another amazing point of diversity here too 😀 , because Charlie is the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and she’s openly bisexual 😀 . And she has pink hair!!! Sorry, I had to mention that because it IS the cover of this book after all, and it’s giving me some pretty weird ideas of wanting to dye my hair pink?! Crazy, right? Either way, I loved Charlie too, because she has some pretty great development throughout the book, realizing whose opinions really matter to her.
The trio is complete with Jamie. Not gonna lie, when I read the blurb I thought that Jamie would be a girl, which is stupid, because the blurb actually says he’s a GUY! Oh well. JAMIE IS AWESOME!!!!! I shipped him with Taylor so so much! And it was always so clear how much he liked her. And he was just such a great and understanding person, he gave her the time and space to figure herself out, always being there for her anyway. AMAZING!
There are several other smaller characters that are equally amazing and inspiring. I was reading this book and laughing and crying and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Queens of Geeks talks geeky, nerdy and fandom. It talks about the importance of accepting yourself as you are, because you’ll find people just like you in the process. You’re not alone. This book made me feel like I belong, and it wasn’t even about the fandoms or the fandom life itself… The level of acceptance and friendship that this book has? It’s amazing. Made me fall in love with it.
I honestly don’t know what else to say, except that YOU NEED TO READ IT ASAP! I kind of just want to pick it up again…
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.