Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
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.
a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.