Book Review // Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Book Review // Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Macmillan on March 14th 2017
Rating: five-stars
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Loners & Outcasts, LGBT, Social Themes, Mental Illness
Pages: 288
Buy: Hardback/Paperback|Kindle
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Synopsis:

Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.
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, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Praise for Queens of Geek:
"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
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
Praise from the Swoon Reads community:
"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " —Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love how interesting the story was and how the author adressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." —Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

As soon as I started Queens of Geek, I knew it was my kind of read. I love fandom, and nerdiness and being geekish to the max, and I especially like books that deal with all that kinda stuff because it’s nice to know you’re not alone! And Queens of Geek is not only absolutely fantastic and chock-full of nerdy references that got my heart pounding, but it was also incredibly diverse! It deals with anxiety, bisexuality, autism and one of the MCs is Chinese! This book is just an all-around WIN, for everything. The only thing that bugs me? Why is none of it represented in the cover. I mean, the cover is gorgeous and Charlie’s hair IS pink, but I mean why not have a Chinese girl on the cover? WHY, WHY, WHY? Celebrate the diversity of this book, don’t hide it away.

I loved everything about Queens of Geek – the way Taylor’s anxiety was handled was incredible and opened my eyes a lot. I am so ignorant to anxiety, and I’m trying to do better and each new book I read that deals with it is helping me become a better, more understanding person. I liked that Jen wrote Taylor so well, but so real. I’ve had no experience of anything Taylor goes through, but the way it comes off the page, means you can feel her terror, and how uncomfortable she is, and how being out in a social situation is a big deal for her. Also, her friendship with Jamie had me squeeeing so freaking hard. I liked that Jamie didn’t magically *fix* Taylor, because you can’t just fix anxiety, but I liked how he knew when to leave her alone, when to come closer, when she needed help.

Charlie, though! I absolutely loved her. I felt her pain, at having to be around Reese again and then I felt her contentment at meeting Alyssa, a fellow Youtuber. Their flirting was adorable, I honestly couldn’t get enough because they were just so freaking cute together, man! I just loved everything – the topics tackled (say that three times fast, I DARE YOU), the whole experience of being at a ComicCon type event (I was so green with envy) and I was sooooo imagining Skyler Astin as Sarah J Maas in my own head, because I adore her. Side note: I would totally read the Firestone books. Just in case Jen Wilde is thinking of writing them: I AM ON BOARD WITH THAT.

This book was just incredible. The characters, the themes, the romances were so cute, it was all A+++++ for me. Jen Wilde gave Taylor and Charlie such incredible, strong voices, and am I the only one seeing a sequel?! Because I mean, there’s so many places it can go – as long as all the romances STAY AS THEY ARE OK? Queens of Geek was amazing, I need more cute f/f romances and adorable geekiness in my life.

five-stars
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2 Comments

  1. March 14, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Great review, Leah! This sounds like a really fun and well written book! I like how eye opening it seems, too! Anxiety is something I’ve struggled with – though mine’s very manageable compared to some – so I think I’d really enjoy this one myself!

  2. March 14, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    So glad you really enjoyed this one too! I loved it! I shared my review on my blog today too. Taylor was my absolute favorite. I suffer from anxiety so I could really connect with her. Great review!

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