Queens of Geek
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Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. "Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom." —Teen Vogue "This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —Seventeen 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 by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family. Praise for Queens of Geek: "Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue "This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams. . . . This fluffy, nerdy book is perfect for cosplayers and convention-lovers." —Seventeen “This is one empowering and uplifting girl-power story you don't want to miss.” —PureWow "Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle "If you love bisexual characters who actually use the word bisexual, queer characters of color dating each other, geekiness, fan conventions, and realistic but adorable love stories, this book is for you." —Bookriot "Jen Wilde’s book is a hilarious and insightful look into the world of fan culture; the novel is infused with various spot-on pop culture references and fan-related terminology. . . . Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is a wonderful well-crafted tale of geek-laden adventures and new love. If you’re looking for queer intersectional representation, strong characterization, and absorbing prose, then this is the young-adult book for you." —Lambda Literary “Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub "The characters’ diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan’s crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal "Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and...
Queens of Geek is really an uplifting story of three friends going to a convention and really finding out who they truly are. In the span of only a few days.
Charlie is a rising star and youtube Vlogger. Going to SuperCon for the very first time. The POV is through Charlie and Taylor. So you get a really good sense of who these girls are. Wilde touches on a lot of topics throughout this story and in a really great way. Inspiring girls/woman of any age. To be exactly, who they were meant to be.
I’ve never read a book written by Wilde before and I was really surprised. I highly enjoyed this. She brings to life these characters and their world. I loved the diversity of the characters as well.
Overall, I give this FOUR Boundless Stars. I can’t wait to jump into another story by Wilde.
Must Read Book
I have never read a book that I have connected with one of the main characters so deeply as I did with Queens of Geek. In Queens of Geek we follow three friends. Charlie, who is a break out actress with a blossoming Youtube channel, Jamie, who is in love with pretty much all things comics, and Taylor, who's one life goal is to meet the author of her all time favorite book series. I'm sure it's pretty easy to pick out who I connected with most considering, hello, I love to read. But I feel like Taylor was so similar to myself in so many more different ways that I just had to keep reading.
Seeing Taylor have to work through not only panic attacks but also her social anxiety was kind of tough to get through because I know how those things feel. But being able to see, that with some support, she was able to get through everything that her anxiety threw at her, is a really hopeful thing to see. I know all to well how depression and anxiety works and I think Jen did a really great job at describing and expressing exactly what it feels like in those moments of an attack and what you think is going on in the world even though most of it is made up in your head.
If you're a fellow nerd, like myself, then you will have the most fun reading this book. There are so many nerdy references all through it! The way that things were mentioned made me really feel that these three kids were the ultimate nerds just like I am, and kind of made me proud to be such a nerd too. Seeing what they liked and how excited they were for a con and cosplaying made me just love them as smol little beans.
Now of course we know we have two love stories in this book. I did like one more than the other but I think that's because I connected with Taylor more. That's not to say that I did not love seeing Charlie's relationship too. I felt so proud for Charlie once she decided that Reese wasn't worth any more of her time. Also seeing Reese all throughout this book just made me angry for Charlie and I wasn't able to pretend to ever be a Chase stan. So when she see's Alyssa and you learn of Charlie's crush the whole time I just felt myself cheering her on. To watch what unfolds between the two and how it happens just made my heart so happy.
But then you have Taylor and Jamie. Oh such precious little creatures. These two have been friends for years and are essentially the same people. They both love Queen Firestone, Jamie supports Taylor through her tough mental breakdowns, and Taylor geeks out at all the things that Jamie loves. Seeing the two of them blossom and realize "Hey I'm not the only one crushing here" was just so, ugh, perfect. I also loved the fact that Charlie was rooting them on the whole time too.
To be completely honest I see myself having to reread this somewhere here in the near future. I have never read through a book that has made me want to highlight and tab specific things as much as this book had, just so I could go back and relive certain moments or certain things that were mentioned. I would suggest this book to absolutely everyone that has ever slightly considered themself a nerd. To be honest, you probably don't even need to be a nerd to appreciate these characters and their time at SupaCon. So needless to say, if you haven't read this book yet, go do it!