Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
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.
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Oh, my heart! Queens of Geek was exactly the delightfully geeky, adorable contemporary I didn’t know I needed. The story follows three Australian best friends, Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie, who travel to the US together to fulfill their collective dream of attending SupaCon (think Comic-Con, but fictional). For such a short book, Queens of Geek managed to fill every page with fandom, romance, friendship, and self-discovery. I devoured it in one sitting.
The book is told through two POVs: Charlie and Taylor. I thought Jen Wilde pulled off the multiple perspectives really well! Charlie is a YouTube star with an impressive three million subscribers, and she’s also on the verge of being a breakout star due to her role in an Australian indie film about zombies called The Rising that’s become unexpectedly popular. I loved that, since she was invited to the Con as a guest, we got to see that side of things, since we’re so used to being on the audience’s end of things as opposed to knowing what the panelists/speakers/guests experience at events like these. Throughout the book, she’s constantly fighting off people who try to pry into her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and The Rising costar, Reese Ryan (who, by the way, is just the biggest douche). Charlie unexpectedly makes friends with one of her YouTube crushes and inspirations, Alyssa Huntington, and their relationship begins to evolve into more-than-friends. And omg, you guys, I totally shipped Charlie and Alyssa. Their flirting, their dates… it was all way too cute! Plus, it was really refreshing to see not only an f/f relationship, but an interracial f/f relationship where both women are POC (Charlie is Chinese, while Alyssa is black).
I also adored the other POV character, Taylor. While all the characters in this book are geeky, Taylor is hardcore invested in her fandoms, and I loved it. Taylor is on the autism spectrum, and she also struggles with anxiety, so SupaCon was often an overwhelming experience for her. She went through such tremendous character growth over the course of the story. I loved seeing her break out of her shell, and how unapologetically herself she became by the end. And her relationship with Jamie, again, was just too dang cute. Jamie himself, though not a POV character, is Taylor and Charlie’s other best friend, and he just seemed like such a genuinely nice guy and a great friend. I loved that all three main characters geeked out about different things: Taylor about her beloved Queen Firestone book and movie series, Charlie about YouTube celebrities, and Jamie about comics.
The backdrop of SupaCon was the perfect setting for this story. I thought Jen Wilde did an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere of a fan convention, from the cosplay, to the excitement, to the crowds, to the eventual exhaustion that catches up with you after going nonstop for days without sleep (a feeling I’m all too familiar with at conventions, lol). People who attend cons are the best people, because they’re just unapologetically excited about the stuff they love and sharing in that excitement with other people who love the same stuff they do.
Basically, if you’re looking for an adorable, well-written contemporary, look no further. From shipworthy romances, to lovable characters, to the geeky setting, to the excellent #ownvoices representation, Queens of Geek has it all. I guarantee you’ll close this book with a huge smile on your face.
Have you read Queens of Geek? If so, tell me your thoughts! If not, do you plan to pick it up?