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Queens of Geek by [Wilde, Jen]
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Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. "Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom." —Teen Vogue "This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —Seventeen 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 by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family. Praise for Queens of Geek: "Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue "This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams. . . . This fluffy, nerdy book is perfect for cosplayers and convention-lovers." —Seventeen “This is one empowering and uplifting girl-power story you don't want to miss.” —PureWow "Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle "If you love bisexual characters who actually use the word bisexual, queer characters of color dating each other, geekiness, fan conventions, and realistic but adorable love stories, this book is for you." —Bookriot "Jen Wilde’s book is a hilarious and insightful look into the world of fan culture; the novel is infused with various spot-on pop culture references and fan-related terminology. . . . Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is a wonderful well-crafted tale of geek-laden adventures and new love. If you’re looking for queer intersectional representation, strong characterization, and absorbing prose, then this is the young-adult book for you." —Lambda Literary “Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub "The characters’ diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan’s crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal "Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5963 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250111390
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads (14 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Suze Lavender TOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 March 2017
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Taylor has panic attacks. She doesn't like places with a lot of people, but because her best friend Charlie is at SupaCon to promote her movie and Taylor's favorite author will be there to sign books, she decides to be brave and go anyway. They have another best friend, Jamie, and he will be by her side to keep an eye on her. Taylor is in love with Jamie, but she thinks he will never like her in the same way. She doesn't want to stand out, she's a quiet girl with many insecurities. Being at SupaCon, however, makes her think about herself in a different way and maybe she'll be able to take a few chances after all. Will she be able to let Jamie know how she feels and does he like her back?

Charlie is at SupaCon to connect with her fans. She and her ex boyfriend Reese played in a movie together and they're there to promote it. They were a couple, but have broken up because Reese cheated on Charlie. Their marketing team wants them to get together again, but Reese broke Charlie's heart and she isn't going to let him do that again. She can barely stand being in the same room, let alone pretend she still has feelings for him. Charlie is a rising star in the vlogging world and when she meets her idol Alyssa SupaCon becomes a lot more interesting all of a sudden. Charlie has always admired Alyssa from afar and when she meets her in person her crush only becomes bigger. Does Alyssa share these feelings?

Taylor has panic attacks and her anxiety is something she's struggling with every day. She's incredibly brave because she does things that are out of her comfort zone and even though there are tears and breakdowns she's determined to get herself together every single time. She even joins a contest that puts her in the spotlight. I loved her sweet nature and her courage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was absolutely adorable!! 3 May 2017
By Andrea @ Addicted Reads - Published on
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So, this book has been sitting on my shelf for like a month, because finals. I am so glad I finally have time to read again. I’m also so glad that I picked this one to start the summer, because this book was awesome. This book, you guys, is soooo adorable and I dare you to read it and not smile throughout most of it. Spoiler alert: it’s impossible.

Queens of Geek is told in 2-POVS, best-friends Taylor and Charlie. First we have Taylor, she’s on the autism spectrum, at SupaCon to meet her all-time favorite author, and in love with her best friend Jamie. I absolutely adored Taylor. I found her incredibly relatable, especially when she talks about meeting her favorite author, and all the nerves and anxiety that threaten to overtake her. Her fears and worries felt so raw and it was impossible to not feel for her. And Jamie. Jamie was so cute, he was so supportive and understanding when it came to Taylor and I just… *sigh* I ship them. I ship them so much. And while he doesn’t have a POV he is definitely a very significant character.

The next POV is Charlie, she’s a bisexual Chinese-Australian vlogger turned actress at SupaCon promoting her movie and its sequel. While she’s there she realizes her ex-boyfriend (who she starred in the movie with) is there as well, even though the last thing she wants is to see him. Later she meets Alyssa, a fellow vlogger and a long-time crush. Let me just say that Alyssa is awesome. Seriously. I loved Charlie, she’s real, strong, and very honest. There were times she felt absolutely fearless and empowering, she’s proud and confident in her heritage and sexuality, and you can’t help but admire her.

I thought this book was so well written. There were instances of body shaming, sexism, and biphobia, and then , the characters shut that down. I also thought the friendship between Taylor and Charlie was so genuine. Like they are there for each through thick and thin. They both have their issues but it never stops them from being there for their BFF. I loved it all. You know this friendship is one for the ages.

SupaCon is the ultimate convention for sci-fi fans. There were so many pop culture references here, and I was so happy because I recognized all of them. I am geeky, if you hadn’t noticed. I thought Queens of Geek had an accurate and positive depiction of fandom. The romances were absolutely swoon worthy. Also when it comes to alternating POVs, there’s always this worry of liking or being invested in one character more than the other. I just want to say that I had no problems with that. Both characters were developed and complex, and both romances made my heart happy.

I will say that this story is very character driven, so if that’s not your thing... These characters are driving the story, which takes places over a few days while at SupaCon. I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about this. So I’m just gonna end this by saying: read this!
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2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it but I can see why others did... 27 May 2017
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If I were to say one thing about Queens of Geek, I’d say ‘disappointing.’ After seeing so many glowing reviews, I had high expectations that this book sadly didn’t deliver on. So, in the end I think it’s because I had high hopes which rarely turns out to be a good thing.

What I Liked

-There wasn’t much I enjoyed about Queens of Geek. I loved the cute cover, it really draws my eye and that pink color is so pretty. I wish I could dye my hair that color! What I enjoyed most about this book wasn’t the story or the characters (who I couldn’t connect with), I loved the setting (which is rare favorite thing for me). You really get that hyped up, awesome feeling of going to a convention. You feel like you’re there with the characters waiting in line for a book signing or at a panel. While it wasn’t my favorite book, I did like how well Jen Wilde created something that seemed so real.

-When I say I didn’t connect with the characters that doesn’t mean I don’t respect them. I can see a lot of people liking them and connecting with who they are. A bisexual youtube famous(ish) MC girl and one who has anxiety. They’re realistic, I just couldn’t get into their story.

What I Didn’t Like

-The writing and the plot really bored me. I found myself skimming after a while and by the end I just couldn’t wait for it to be over. Nothing really seemed to happen but I don’t think the plot was really the focus. I think Queens of Geek focused on character development and how they discovered who they are (which I can respect). In the end, my hopes were too high and this one just didn’t deliver for me.

-While I didn’t enjoy Queens of Geek I still highly recommend it. I think a lot of people can connect with the characters who feel like their awkward geeks who don’t fit in unless they are at a convention scene. I also believe that a lot of people will love the setting of Queens of Geek, as I did. Being a geek is okay, being yourself is awesome and that’s what Queens of Geek really seemed to be about.

-And I am the minority when it comes to this book, most people LOVED it, so don’t let my review stop you from reading it. It get’s almost a full five stars on Goodreads which is rare!
3.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, and mushy gushy friendship story! 15 March 2017
By Ashley Elliott - Published on
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If you are in the mood for a super mushy YA contemporary then this would be the absolute perfect pick for you. The story is about 3 best friends Charlie, Taylor and Jamie who are going to their first ever "SupaCon" or comic convention, they are all living in Australia so this is a really big move for them. Taylor and Charlie are the MC's of the story and there is also some cute budding romances in there. Taylor is on the autism spectrum and she has sever social anxiety. Reading through her struggles and how she overcomes them was a really interesting perspective to take for a cute romance and I enjoyed her story line. Everybody gets scared it is how we react to the fear that makes us stronger. She met new people and made friends and I enjoyed seeing that perspective play out. Which I struggle with that, I don't even go into fast food restaurants because that would mean talking to the cashiers face to face. I understood the pain and she even helped on girl through a panic attack and I believe it was unbelievably kind of her. Her love interest is Jamie and reading their adorableness play out was really sweet. I believe Jamie is Latino but it never says his nationality other than he was actually an American living in Australia, but he uses the Spanish word for grandmother, I could be wrong though. Then there is Charlie, she is YouTube famous and she has just came from a small movie that turned really big. She is scared of the limelight basically because she was in a very public relationship and it ended horribly. Then she meets Alyssa and an adorable f/f relationship ensues. This is a really dorky coming of age novel with a lot of movie references, and it is meant for people with a love of fandoms. The only problem I had with it really was there was so much inner dialogue and drama, nobody tells themselves that many times in one day that they should just be themselves. I mean even at 16 and 17 I don't think. It was a good message but it was hammered in to the point that I was skipping passages that said the same thing that had been said 2 pages before. It was cute though, and for a contemporary I really enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Geek LBGTQ romance of the Year 25 May 2017
By jeff Melih - Published on
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So to sum this book up its about three best friends name Jamie,Charlie and Taylor finding different real scary reasons not to take a chance but they do any way. They end up having the time of their lives at a comic con of sorts. They all end up finding new meanings to new relationships. But the best part of all is that they learn no matter what your real friends always have your back in the end. They also learn that real love means you love someone no matter their messes. There is some romance involve between two of the friends while the third finds romance with another famous female in the book. This story is beautifully written to define friendship, love, and risk taking.

As for this book, I rated it five out of five stars because it was so well written. The messages about friendship and real love was so clear and defined. The only thing is that even though all three friends are in the book, its only totally from the views of Charlie and Taylor which is cool but I wish we had a view from Jamie too. But I did love how Jen wrote about Taylor Anxiety, it was related able and real. It felt and explain how anxiety looks from a person stand point that deals with anxiety. I just love the writing through out the whole book, so much that I could not put it down. I had to force myself to put this book down to either rest my eyes or do something else. I cried though some of this book while reading it. I can't tell you enough that you really need to read this book. You especially need to read this book, if you suffer from anxiety or knows someone who does, because this will give you look into their world. I also have to add that I was totally geeking out over all of the different nerdy references. References towards the made up fandoms that were like the real fandoms, for example Harry Potter but it was renamed Firestone for the book and change a little too. I just really loved this book, and the romance didn't hurt either. The romance was super sweet and very realistic between the two couples in the book. I suggest you all go buy this book right now and read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Queens of Geek was absolutely wonderful. Like 20 March 2017
By CandidCeillie - Published on
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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. (via Goodreads)

I received an eARC of Queens of Geek courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Queens of Geek was absolutely wonderful. Like, had me in tears of happiness in the empty office kind of wonderful. That is so rare that I can’t remember the last time it happened.

I also can’t remember the last time I identified with a character as much as I did with Taylor in this book. I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a character who felt so much like me, and I can’t even begin to explain what that meant. Taylor’s anxiety experience was so like my own, and it’s so rare for me to find that in fiction. Not to mention finding other women with autism, which the author is as well.

Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion.

BOY does that sound familiar. I kept picturing Queen Firestone as Pearl from Steven Universe, which I know isn’t accurate, but that’s what my brain gave me.

In an unrelated but funny note, two of my best friends from college are named Charlie and Taylor. They both cosplay, Charlie is bi, Taylor is also bi, plus sized and anxious as hell. I didn’t make the connection with the character names until after I finished the book and was recommending it…. to both of them.

We had a good giggle about that, and I’m still gonna make both of them read this book because they will love it.

Each of the characters in this novel felt intensely real to me, and for me, that’s the mark of a great novel. I hated Reece, I loved Alyssa and her forthrightness, and I adored Jamie (who also reminded me a lot of my partner.)

This book is all about girls helping girls, girls loving girls, and girls kicking ass. I honestly cannot recommend this enough if you like those things. You can preorder a copy, because it comes out in just a few days! Check out Amazon, Indiebound, or your other favorite bookseller! Queens of Geek is a five star read for me, hands down.

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