Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
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.
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 reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away 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, aptly named Heisenberg.
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Quick Reasons: super important morals/lessons; these characters are quirky and lovable; LOVE the love happening here; authentic, real-life reactions and interactions; awesome character growth; THIS is a coming-of-age done well; beautifully endearing
HUGE thanks to Jen Wilde, Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tours, and Netgalley for providing me a free digital ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
I just can’t even with how adorable this book was, penguins. Seriously?! it wins my week. Let’s just talk about that cover to start with, okay? That pink! That pink is EVERYTHING. Honestly, the pink hair on the cover was the very first reason I knew I needed this book in my life–for one, because at the time I had never seen a cover like it before. For two…I mean, that hair makes a statement, okay?! And it was a statement I was desperate to hear. Having finished the book… I have to admit I was totally right about that.
Which brings us to…the morals. There are some heavy subjects running through this read, including mental health. Jen Wilde approached each obstacle with a clear “end goal” in mind…and came out on top of this journey, in my opinion. The subjects are approached in sensitive, subtle ways…only to be body-slammed by the moral message later on. Like the cover, this book makes a loud and important series of statements–and comes out with head held high and chin up. The character growth and “coming-of-age” journey within these pages will have readers viewing the world–and themselves!–in new, confident ways. And that, in my opinion, is such an important thing to have achieved.
The characters are complex, endearing, and believable. I was rooting for these three from the very beginning–and laughing, crying, hurting, celebrating right along with them. This read sucked me in from page one, and refused to let me loose. I am only a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see the world from Jamie’s perspective. Headed into this, I was rather expecting it to be split into three POVs. Instead, I only got to glimpse things from two. Still, Jamie came to life for me regardless–and I adored his interactions with Tay just as much as I adored watching Charlie fall for Alyssa. Each relationship was realistic and adorable, so it wasn’t hard to love the characters as much as I loved their journey.
Overall, this was an amusing read filled with pop and nerd culture. I really loved all the references played throughout the pages. The characters are adorable, their relationships are realistic, and I had an absolute blast watching them grow and come into their own throughout this book! I cannot WAIT to pick up another Jen Wilde book in the future! I definitely recommend this to lovers of pop culture, diverse reads, and books with some heavy-handed subjects. Don your mask and meet me at midnight, penguins; we’ll take the world by storm yet!