Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Pages: 288 Format: eARC Source: NG
I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
Give me all the nerdy books please!!!! The thrill of a convention is up there on my list of life experiences that totally need to happen but for now I live vicariously through the page. Best friends Charlie, Taylor, and Jaime get that opportunity of a lifetime, to attend SupaCon, and the adventure is a non-stop ride. Thankfully Jen Wilde nails fandom, fun, and emotional ups and downs at a con in Queens of Geek.
Let’s start with the heart and soul of this story…three amazing best friends! Charlie is a Chinese-Australian Youtuber turned actor who is making her debut at SupaCon. Luckily her friends, Taylor, an anxiety filled cosplay queen and book lover, and Jaime, the Latino sweet geek of my dreams, are there to experience it all with her. I loved all of them so much! Their camaraderie in all things, leaning on each other in both the ups and downs of life. They were all so endearing.
Honestly I’m so impressed with the rep in this book. From talk about bisexuality, bi-erasure, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder to multiple POC characters, Wilde really hits the mark. It’s all earnest and open, giving voices to so many. Plus I’m so happy to see a F/F relationship. There never seems to be enough of them. It’s the positivity in all this that brings me the greatest joy though.
Also my nerd heart is bursting! I’m a sucker for books like this and Wilde sold me from the start with every single geeky reference. You name a TV show, movie, or actor and it was probably mentioned at one point or another. Plus con events were super authentic, from signing lines to zombie runs. Also can Queen Firestone be a real thing? The book lover in me wants it. I also really liked the Youtuber aspects which are now a huge part of fandom. Suffice it to say, sign me up for SupaCon!
Overall I absolutely adored Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde with its fast-paced nerdy fun and extremely real characters. The convention jumped from the page giving me a sense of longing to be there in real life, and Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie had my heart from the very beginning. I highly recommend this one for all, especially those immersed in nerd culture and passionate about fandom.
So are you going to pick up Queens of Geek? Excited to see all the amazing rep? Have you been to any cons yourself? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!
There’s an Xpresso Book Tours giveaway for those in the US and Canada with a chance to win a print copy of Queens of Geek. It ends March 23, 2017.
About the Author
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.