Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Posted March 11, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments Tags:

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Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Traded
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four-stars

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, Jason 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.

This book was so adorable! I was really excited about this one for a lot of reasons and was a little worried my expectations were a little too high but I shouldn’t have been! This book was everything I was hoping it was going to be. I hope that if you’re looking for cute YA romances or books with diversity in them, you will keep an eye out for this book. It definitely deserves to be read!

This is book told by two POVs, Taylor and Charlie. The girls have been best friends for years and along with their other friend, Jamie, they’re headed to the biggest nerd con (SupaCon) in L.A. all the way from Australia. Charlie is a YouTube star with a brand new hit movie and Taylor is the biggest Queen Firestone (think huge YA fantasy series made into movies) EVER. She also has a Tumblr and is cosplaying and everyone is in full geekout mode. And I loved it! I think most of booknerds can completely understand how it would feel as a huge fan to be in one of the biggest conventions surrounded by people with similar interests and being in the same room as the authors and actors and artists that we love. I absolutely adored how much everyone in the book felt those things and wasn’t afraid to fully embrace them. It just made the whole thing so much fun!

But this book also deals with a lot of issues. Bisexuality, anxiety, body-shaming, slut-shaming, bad relationships. All of those are addressed in this book and it’s amazing. Really. To have not only one but two main characters who are learning more about themselves and how to be who they are without caring what other people think or letting people tell them how they should act or react to things, it was really refreshing. This is, of course, a happy story so their revelations and successes might not be the reality for everyone but just to see them going through these emotions and working to overcome them was something that we don’t see too often in books in regards to these specific topics. And it was really great to see them in a book that was fun. I feel like a lot of the time if you want to read a diverse book, deals with these topics in a serious, more dark way. And that’s great, too. We need those books as well because so many of these topics are really hard to deal with in real life and honestly, a lot of those are much more realistic and representative of what people really go through while figuring out who they are and in dealing with their sexuality. But it was nice to be able to enjoy a book and laugh and smile along the way with diverse characters. It was like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Though to be fair, I don’t read nearly as many diverse books as I want to. So maybe there are a bunch more out there like this and I just don’t know.

There were a few times where the lessons were a bit too obvious and felt a little bit more like a lecture from an adult on how I should feel than something more organic that the characters really learned on their journey. If that makes sense. A lot of the revelations and growth came during conversations the characters were having with each other or other characters that felt like they were giving each other lessons. And I know a lot of that happens in real life, too. We learn a lot from our peers and gain a lot of confidence and love from our friends but in book form, there were moments where it just felt a little too much.

But overall, I highly recommend this book. It’s a very cute read with two very likable female main characters. I like seeing Charlie deal with her bisexuality while dealing with her ex and her new crush. And I really liked seeing Taylor dealing with her anxiety while being away from home in a place with thousands of people and loud noises. I loved seeing their friendships and the new relationships that were developing. And I really liked that it was just a lot of fun. So much fandom. So much geeking out. I could definitely relate to that!

I hope you guys will give this book a chance. I read it in just a few hours but continued to think about the characters long after I was done. I think this is definitely a book that should be in the hands of teens. And not just those who are similar to the MCs. But everyone. Because this is a book that could really help people start to understand each other.

5 Responses to “Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde”

  1. Nice review. I’ve been reading reviews of this one and I think I’m going to read it next. I love cons and the background of that plus the awesome- sounding characters has me excited for this one! I love that it deals with those issues while being fun at the same time.
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