Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
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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, 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.

Review:

Cute, quick, nerdy, diverse, heartwarming and empowering. Those are the words I’d use to describe this book. This was a fun story about three (Aussie) friends (Taylor, Charlie and Jamie) who go to SupaCon (in San Diego) to live out their dreams and fangirl/boy over all the stuff!

The story is told from the dual perspective from Taylor and Charlie. I adored Taylor’s story! Taylor is a socially anxious girl who’s on the autism spectrum and I love that throughout the 3 days she spends at SupaCon she gets to meet people who can empathize with her and also help her learn to face her fears. I felt Taylor’s thoughts and experiences were pretty darn relatable and really helps destigmatize mental health, too.

“That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”

Charlie was a pretty interesting character as Asian bisexual Youtube star breaking out into the movie scene. Charlie is trying to deal with an obnoxious ex-boyfriend/co-star and a new crush (who’s got her own insecurities) all the while trying to figure out her new stardom. Admittedly I think I was a bit more invested in Taylor’s story, but it was great to see Charlie stand up for her beliefs and her rights. I loved that Charlie was comfortable in her sexuality and I enjoyed the sweet romance between her and Alyssa.

The friendship in this book was a pretty highlight. Even though we didn’t get to see all three that much together (Charlie was off doing her promos while Taylor and Jamie ran around together), I loved how much support they showed for each other. I also adored Taylor and Jamie. Taylor has had a crush on Jamie for some time and things finally bloom when they go to SupaCon! The thing is I loved their friendship and their romance. Jamie is an amazing friend who supports Taylor is the best ways. They’re so cute and awkward and gah the cute flirting.

“[…]And when I try to flirt with you, it takes approximately 1.2 seconds for your cheeks to turn pink.”
I feel my cheeks heat up and he laughs. “See? Just 1.2 seconds.”

Overall, this was a fun read with a great message. There’s geeky, there’s diversity, there’s fandom love and fabulous friendships. What more could you want?

My worst fears came true.
And so did my wildest dreams.

About Jen Wilde

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl. Her debut into fiction, THE EVA SERIES, reached over three million reads on Wattpad and became an Amazon bestseller. When she’s not writing, she loves binge-watching Netflix, eating pizza, and going to pop culture conventions cosplaying as Marty McFly.

Jen lives in a beachside town in Australia with her husband and their troublesome pug, aptly named Heisenberg.

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

26 Comment

  1. I love the diverse element in this story. Sounds like a great read. Awesome review, Cyn. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. 😁

    1. Thanks, Geybie! The diversity fit perfectly into the story!

  2. Ahhh she has a pug. Awesome. Glad to see you had fun with these three 🙂

    1. Thanks, Anna! It was such a cute read 🙂

  3. I love the sound of this one!! The con sounds like a fun setting and always love a book with good friendship. Great review!!

    1. The friendship was awesome! And the con setting was super fun 🙂 Thanks, Grace!

  4. I really loved this one. It ended up being my favorite read of the year so far, actually! I loved Taylor! She was definitely my favorite and I loved their awkward romance. lol! Great review! Glad you enjoyed it too!

    1. I’m glad you loved this, too! Taylor was awesome! Thanks, Julie!

  5. This does sound like a good read. There seems to be a lot going on, but it looks like it was done well.

    Great review!

    1. Thanks, Angie! It was well done (:

  6. I have heard good things about this one, and obviously there is a lot to love. I like that it is diverse and that it has a strong focus on friendship and lots of positive messages.

    1. There’s lots of great messages in the book! Definitely worth the hype 😉

  7. This sounds like a fun read and it’s nice that it delivers a good message. Love the nerd aspects and that cover is too cute.

    1. It was a very fun read! The nerdy parts were great and agree, love the cover!

  8. I’m so glad you liked this, I’ve heard constant amazing reviews for it so I’m not in the least bit surprised. I really want to read this book this summer, I’ve been meaning to get around to it for so long! Great review 💖

    1. I hope you get to read it this summer and love it tons 🙂 Thanks Kirsty!

  9. This does sound cute and I love stories with the friendship as a strong element along with romance.

    1. I’m a sucker for great friendships as much as romance, so definitely nice when there’s both (well done) is one story!

  10. This book has been getting so many cute reviews lately that I’m sure I’ll be checking it out sooner or later 🙂

    1. I hope you enjoy it a ton when you to checking it out! It’s definitely worth the read 😉

  11. Yeah this book was a lot of fun!

    For What It’s Worth

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  12. The keywords you used to describe this one are some of my ultimate bookish catnip terms, so I’m definitely stoked to read this one! Any story that celebrates friendship and manages to be both heartwarming and empowering is one that I want to read. Cute flirting is a bonus! 😉

    1. Yay! I hope you love it!! The flirting was definitely a nice bonus 😉

  13. I really want to get to this one soon! It sounds so fun! Great review!

    1. I hope you get to read it soon! It’s super cute and tons of fun 😀 Thanks, Lori!

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