Queens of Geek
Published March 14th 2017
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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.
About the Author
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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.
Be who you want to be. Don't cave to the peer pressure of society.
This is the takeaway message that I got from Queens of Geek, and I say, Right on! to that. It's all about finding your people - and that's what Taylor and Charlie do. The first half of the novel, I was really into it, and was just tugging along nicely. But after a while, I found that the message got a little too heavy handed, to the point where it started to get cliche and had me rolling my eyes a bit. Other than that, Wilde's writing style in well paced and engaging, and kept me entertained to the last page.
I'm going to be honest here, guys. It took me a couple of chapters to work out that Jamie is a guy... Oops. To be fair, all three of them have gender neutral names and I think that I was mixing up Charlie and Jamie in my head - my bad. Once I sorted out who was who in my head, I got to discover how awesome of a character Charlie is. She's a strong, self-made star, who is willing to go that extra mile for those she cares about. I also found it interesting to see her approach in addressing the stigma that comes with being bisexual - where they're too gay for the straight, and too straight for the gay. Then there is Jamie and Taylor. Those too are just the darn cutest! As Charlie would say, They're my OTP.
Queens of Geek is a modern and on point coming of age novel that I think every teen girl who feels 'different' should read.
3 out of 5
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