Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary, YA, queer relationship
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
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 Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
“Messes aren’t so bad, so long as you have people to share them with.”
Welcome to my gushing review. I have nothing but positivity about this book. Queens of Geek is such a great YA contemporary about friendship, learning about one’s self and above all: love. Love is a many splendid thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is looooove~
Someone stop me.
I picked this up on a whim, really. I wanted something short and sweet and whoa! I was totally not prepared to love this book.
While others fail in portraying the excitement and the anxiety fans have at events such as SupaCon, this book does it perfectly.
I love the positive diverse rep. There’s Charlie who’s Chinese Australian, who’s got pink hair and a crush on a girl. She’s a great girl who happens to be bisexual. Her point of view is so fun to read because while Charlie could have been a boring stereotypical Asian girl without any agency, instead she’s a kickass friend, kickass movie star and kickass youtuber. Whenever Charlie mentioned her bisexuality, it felt so relatable. She didn’t have an ‘awakening’ or whatever, it just so happens that she’s attracted to two genders.
The other point of view is of Taylor, Charlie’s childhood friend, who is autistic and has severe anxiety. What I loved about Taylor is that she’s a fighter. That means that she doesn’t shy away from everything because she’s so knowledgeable about her own case that she prepares for things. I loved Taylor because she felt so real to me. She’s extremely loyal and just because she’s anxious about everything in the world it doesn’t mean she would let some asshole badmouth her best friend. Taylor also happens to be plus size but nowhere is the self-deprecating sadness that people often associate with plus-size characters. Taylor is so positive about her body that it made me tear up.
What was beautiful was the romance. Both girls in the span of three days find love. It’s done so nicely that does not seem like insta-love at all. There is history and honesty and so much fluff. Also: the kissing scenes are hella great and made my little heart hiccup with excitement.
This kind of book is so important because it has a great message about not needing to get over one’s fears or conquer anxiety or even be fearless forever. It could give many young girls, boys and enby pals the comfort of knowing they are not alone and I’m proud this book exists.
This book is #ownvoices for autism and bisexuality! Shower Jen Wilde with love from me.