Title: Queens Of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: Young adult contemporary
Publication Date: March 14th 2017
My Rating: 5/5 stars
“You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”
“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.”
I honestly love this book so much, and it’s probably made its way up to one of 2017 favourite reads, and my all-time favourite reads. From the moment I started reading this, I was already in love because the writing was just beautiful and poetic and the voices of the characters were easy to connect to.
I absolutely adored the characters of this book, especially Taylor, because I could relate to her on so many levels, such as her feelings about public speaking and how she is generally treated by people and her nerdiness over books hehe. And I adored her relationship with Jamie and Charlie because they are so supportive and caring of one another. I ESPECIALLY SHIP JAMIE AND TAYLOR TOGETHER!! They are just so cute and adorable and ahh, please read this book for a cute romance. Seriously, Jamie is the sweetest guy ever and I love how much he cares about Taylor and doesn’t push her to do anything she doesn’t want, but still gives a nudge in the direction she needs. I literally fangirled at every scene with the together and anyone who saw me reading this probably thought I was creepy because I was always smiling through it. Also, where can I find my own Jamie?? Because we need more boys like Jamie in the world.
Taylor and Charlie’s friendship dynamic was beautiful too, and despite their different personalities, they suited well for each other and had a strong friendship – which is a good example of how friendship should be. And although I didn’t connect to Charlie as much as I did with Taylor because of her outgoing and confident personality, I still loved her because she reminded me of my friends. I honestly just love the trio friendship, with how close they are to one another and it reminds me of my own friendships, which made me smile throughout the novel. I love how both Charlie and Taylor develop and grow, how they learn about themselves and learn to accept themselves. I honestly look up to them now because the life lessons they learned are important and worth everyone knowing.
We also meet Alyssa, who is a big time vlogger (I think, it’s been a while aha) and is the absolute nicest and sweetest girl ever. She’s so kind and thoughtful and I love Charlie and her together so much because THEY ARE SO CUTE TOO. Can we just get another novel with these same characters, because I cannot get enough of them. By the way guys, Reece is an absolute douche on so many levels and he’s only worth one sentence 😛
Yes, three paragraphs on the characters because I’m the type of person who loves a book if the characters are amazing and these characters are just the best.
The setting of this novel was something I was not familiar with – a SupaCon, and yet, through the eyes of Charlie and Taylor, it was as if I was right there. Queens of Geek definitely made me want attend a con now, but I become really nervous and anxious in crowds so I don’t know if that’ll ever happen ahah. BUT there is so much fandom love and my nerdy heart swooned at every page.
I know I mentioned it before, but the writing is lyrical and everything is quotable, inspirational and relatable. Plus, the book has a good example of healthy friendships and empowering women, and is full of diversity such as a bisexual and Chinese-Australian character and a plus-size protagonist with Asperger’s and anxiety.
I feel like the only problem I had with the novel was the lack of natural dialogue. Sometimes, the dialogue felt forced or practised and just felt unnatural to me. Like it wouldn’t be something the characters would say at the particular moment.
Honestly, this entire book is cute and fluffy and is the perfect read for summer days or winter nights or just to get out of a slump. I know for sure that I will be rereading it again in the future (I’m already craving to reread it because of writing this review). And this is a definite MUST READ for everyone!! So please do pick it up if you haven’t already. I also realised I basically just rambled about my love for this book, whoops hehe.
Have you read Queens of Geek yet? Did you love it as much as I did?