{Leah Reviews} Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Posted June 6, 2017 by Leah in Reviews / 2 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published on March 14th 2017
by Swoon Reads
Genres: Friendship, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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.

4.5 Stars

I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts together for Queens of Geek without sounding like a fangirl, but I’ll try. 🙂 Jen Wilde’s book is a wonderful celebration of the geeky and the nerdy, combined with a message of embracing who you are. As a lover of pop culture who has survived several conventions, this book felt like a welcome home gift.

Told in Charlie and Taylor’s alternating points of view, we get to know them on a very personal level. Charlie is an extrovert, a vlogger and actress who’s promoting her new movie. She’s determined to brush off her past with co-star (and all-around jerk) Reese Ryan, but they keep getting pushed together. Taylor is an introvert whose not-so-secretly in love with Jamie and a huge fan of the Queen Firestone books. As complete opposites as they are, their friendship works. I especially related to Taylor’s POV–as someone who lives with anxiety, I related to her on many levels. There are several moments that had me nodding my head as she breaks down her mind frame. I’ve had moments like hers, too.

The diversity in Queens of Geek is awesome. Charlie is Chinese and bisexual. Jamie is Hispanic. Alyssa, a vlogger Charlie has a crush on, is black and a lesbian. Taylor is white, autistic, and anxiety-prone. I was worried about this since there have been a lot of serious misses when it comes to diversity in books lately, but fortunately, this is diversity and representation done right.

This book also takes a look at many different issues. Jen Wilde addresses sexism in media and body and slut shaming. While doing interviews, Charlie constantly gets asked about her exercise and diet regime; Reese gets the thought-provoking questions. Charlie, comfortable in her own skin, starts to lose sight of herself as the convention goes on. Her potential relationship with Alyssa might end before it’s had a chance to begun. But it’s a good thing her friends won’t let her do that.

Taylor, meanwhile, enters a Queen Firestone fan contest, even though the idea of competing scares her. During the competition, one of the other contestants calls her Queen Fatstone. Taylor is fat; however, the way she handles the body shaming is cheer-worthy. This girl does not give one fig what other people think of her body wise.

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The relationships are adorable. I love the fact that never once does Taylor’s anxiety and body become issues with Jamie. All he sees is the girl he loves. Charlie and Alyssa’s chemistry is off the charts. Geeky romances are truly a treasure.

I can go on and on about my love and appreciation for Queens of Geek, but I really want you ladies and gentlemen to read it. And if you’re a nerd, don’t be afraid of being who you are. We’re everywhere. 🙂

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Leah

Leah

Co-Blogger at Quite the Novel Idea
Leah has always been a bibliophile. An avid fantasy fan, she has spent many hours imagining magical worlds and wondering what it would be like to wield a sword. When she's not dreaming up her own standalone fantasy stories, she enjoys watching movies, traveling, and eating chocolate. She lives in California.

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