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Queens of Geek

By Jen Wilde
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Publisher Description

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:

"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

"This celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal

“[A] fun read about fandom, friendship and the courage to be yourself.” —Autostraddle

45 Reviews

“So to sum this book up its about three best friends name Jamie,Charlie and Taylor finding different real scary reasons not to take a chance but they do any way. They end up having the time of their lives at a comic con of sorts. They all end up finding new meanings to new relationships. But the best part of all is that they learn no matter what your real friends always have your back in the end. They also learn that real love means you love someone no matter their messes. There is some romance involve between two of the friends while the third finds romance with another famous female in the book. This story is beautifully written to define friendship, love, and risk taking. If you wish to know more on my thoughts this is the link to my blog review https://melimimi.blogspot.com/2017/05/queens-of-geek-review.html”
“not the bets book but i enjoyed the rep and the themes. it just wasn't mindblowing but it was a nice time”
“This was a great book!”
“ADORABLE, EMPOWERING, DIVERSE In short, I’d say that this was a very different and refreshing read and – even though it had its flaws such as being too cheesy at times or having an unexceptional writing style – it was a very enjoyable read which got me swooning and laughing when I wasn’t relating to a certain character or situation. I would TOTALLY recommend it ! Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sunnynacia”
““Besides, there's no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don't need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that's an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI Agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen--or both at the same time." I honestly hate myself because I put off reading this book for so long for no real reason and I have so much regret. Because this was everything I was expecting and so much more. And I wish I had read it sooner so I felt all this happiness sooner because honestly? This is the kind of book everyone needs in their life. Queens of Geek is about a trio of friends who attend Supacon (basically Comic Con) in Los Angeles. There's Charlie - a Chinese-Australian girl who's a youtuber and recent movie star, her best friend Taylor who's a fandom blogger and their friend Jamie who's just moved to Australia and loves Marvel comics. There is plenty of drama going down at this con though! Charlie is trying to escape her ex-boyfriend and is growing closer to her crush Alyssa Huntington. Taylor is dealing with her severe anxiety and desperately wants to meet her favourite author. Jamie has a crush on Taylor and is dealing with homesickness and not feeling like he fits in in Australia. This is such a happy, light feel good book. It has so many cute moments, and the romance is soo cute. As in, "I physically need to throw my face into a pillow to deal with the cute" type of fluff. My absolute favourite thing in this book, and one of the major reasons I picked it up, is the representation. For me, representation for marginalised groups in books means SO MUCH and I loved loved loved the representation. Charlie as a bisexual woman stood out to me especially, I'm bi myself and I thought the representation was just SO WELL DONE. Charlie’s bisexuality comes under-fire from other characters, who make problematic and untrue assumptions about her and bisexuality but she counters them with grace and I loved that it allowed people reading who may not know about bisexuality to also learn with the ignorant character. However, I also liked that Charlie’s bisexuality was not the sum of her being - there were so many elements that made up her characterisation before that - and this made her a complete and rounded character. On top of that, her romance with Alyssa was cute, well written and didn't sexualise them as wlw like soo many books tend to do. They were so solid together and I absolutely adored them. I've also heard that the representation of the other characters is accurate as well as honestly and respectfully portrayed. Taylor is fat, and has severe anxiety - and many people who also experience this have said the portrayal is respectful and good. Jamie is latinx and while there has been less discourse on him, I've seen nothing bad. So to have a book which takes so many issues and writes them correctly and respectfully is so nice. I really liked Jamie's character ! People don't talk about him much but he was such a good character? Super supportive, and a male character who doesn't fit into the "Nice Boy" or "Best Friend" kind of tropes we see all the time in ya. https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1498310369i/23114809.jpg https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1498310369i/23114810.jpg by http://www.mydarlinginej.tumblr.com on tumblr “But how could you possibly know you’re bi? Have you ever been with a girl?” “How did you know you were straight before you were with a girl, Reese?” I also liked that this book was such a warm homage to fandom, pop culture and all things geek. These sorts of books are becoming more and more widespread, but I really like that because I very much feel a little like "these are my people" when I read them. This is one of those sweet books which makes you feel all warm and nice inside and I think we can all relate to the excitement Taylor feels at meeting her favourite author, or Charlie meeting her favourite youtubers. On a kind of personal note, I really liked that the characters were Australian because I am too and we are so rarely in books! Australian's neverr get represented so it was nice to see some for a change. I also really liked lots of the themes and messages set up in this book - self acceptance and validating your own experiences, putting your needs on top, the way that abusive relationships can function and effect people, a little critique of the bad sides of fandom, self love, doing things at your own pace, and being kind. “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.” My criticism of this book, and the reason it doesn't get five stars, is that the characters weren't well written in my opinion. What I mean is, all of them were caricatures. Every main character is basically the perfect representation of what a non-problematic person would be but it's unrealistic. All people have elements to them which make them problematic, it's a by-product of growing uo in a racist/sexist/homophobic/ableist society. Making perfect characters who never do wrong isn't realistic. I think I'm making it sound worse then it is, all of them had personality and things that made them interesting - but often their dialogue felt forced and like it was coming from the author and not the character which really irked me. It felt condescending and preachy. In some scenes it worked - like the bisexuality talk with Reese because he was an ignorant character, but in other places it felt forced and a little cringey. But there are other things about these characters that make them great. I've already mentioned the representation - but I also wanted to mention the other good stuff. I loved the female friendships, and the way the women supported eachother. I also loved the friendship between the main trio in general and how they cared for eachother and had eachothers back. Charlie and Taylor were strong character who stood up for their beliefs and acted with agency and individuality. They also are constantly dealing with their own issues and struggled but continue at working and overcoming them. “To the girl who hid in the shadows and tried to body-shame me, I’m sorry you thought that was a good use of your time and energy. I hope you find happiness within yourself. You deserve that. We all do.” But genuinely I don't want my criticisms to put you off this book because it is GREAT. The story is so cute and fluffy, the relationships are well developed and written and the representation is SO GOOD. It is so, so rare to find a good bisexual character in a fairly mainstream book so this was so nice to read. Queens of Geek was everything it promised to be and more - it’s such a fun and light book, with solid friendships and plenty of fandom, both imagined and real. But it’s also about learning to believe in yourself, being brave. It's about and for all the Geeks out there, and if you want your nerdiness to be validated READ THIS. To the weirdo's, the geeks and the fandom queens. To the outcasts, the misfits and everything in between. The days of playing the sidekick are over. You are the superheroes now. You are my people, and this is for you”

About Jen Wilde

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, The Eva Series, reached over three million reads online. When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to faraway 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, Heisenberg.

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