- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (26 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250111395
- ISBN-13: 978-1250111395
- ASIN: 1250111390
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
"[A] fun read about fandom, friendship and the courage to be yourself." --Autostraddle
"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 experience with Asperger's are treated with sensitivity. . . . Queens of Geek is a fun, quick read that will appeal to romance readers and self-proclaimed geeks." --VOYA
Praise for Queens of Geek from the Swoon Reads community:
"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com
"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com
"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " -Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels." -Catherine Tinker, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love how interesting the story was and how the author addressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." -Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com
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Books, movies, fandoms, SupaCon and geekery - talk about heaven in a book!
BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie have traveled from Melbourne to SupaCon in America for an experience of a lifetime. Charlie's, a vlogger, is there to promote her new movie The Rising. She's hoping to show the world she's moved on from her heartbreak, and when she meets one of her favourite vloggers, Alyssa Huntington, she senses that her crush isn't one-sided. Taylor and Jamie are ready to geek out, and Taylor in particular is hoping to meet her all-time favourite author and idol. Suffering from anxiety, being at SupaCon is a big deal for Taylor, and through the people she meets, she realises that she's not alone in the world. And that maybe her feelings for Jamie could lead to more.
This. Book. Is. Amazing.
Talk about a cute contemporary filled with geeky-goodness! I connected with so much in this book - the characters, the fandomness - and I loved every minute of it. And what's more, this was such a diverse book. Charlie is a Chinese-Australia bi teenager, and we get to see her develop a relationship with Alyssa. Taylor suffers from severe anxiety and Asperger's Syndrome, and we get to see her handle the highs and lows, and coming to understand that she's not alone in the world. And Jamie is just a swoon-worthy, geeky guy! I can definitely see myself in some of these characters, and I know that a lot of other readers will feel the same.
The story is told in alternating perspectives between Charlie and Taylor (and I kind of wish we got to see at least one chapter from Jamie's perspective), as they explore SupaCona and the drama that unfolds. Charlie is dealing with having her ex-boyfriend around, and Taylor is trying to overcome her anxiety to participate in a super-fan contest to meet her favourite author. Throw in a tonne of pop-culture references and you've got a pretty awesome read!
This is such a brilliant book that will definitely resonate with you on some level. And although its a super-cute geeky romance, there are so many important messages that this book shared with the reader. And I'm positive that one, or more, of these messages will hit home for you.
Queens of Geek was written for book community - you will definitely see yourself in at least one of these characters, I certainly did. If you've ever geeked out and gotten lost in a fandom or two, this book is for you. It has definitely made it into my top 5 books, and it will be one that I will come back to in the future, especially when I need to be reminded of my place in the world and that I'm not alone.
Special thanks to Pan Macmillan Publishers for approaching me to be part of this Blog Tour and for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.
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. She has a lot to be proud of and I enjoyed seeing her discover that. Jamie is a wonderful friend and it's clear that he adores her, but Taylor has no idea. It was endearing to see how Taylor slowly starts to believe in herself and lets Jamie in. I admired Jen Wilde's amazing empathic and realistic descriptions of Taylor's character and liked the warmhearted nature of the relationship she has with Jamie.
Charlie is outspoken. She has pink hair and she likes being in the spotlight. The focus on her breakup with Reese is difficult for her though. The whole world has witnessed his infidelity and most of their fans have easily forgiven him and now want them to be together again. That was heartbreaking to read about. Reese is a judgmental bastard and he makes the time he spends with Charlie at SupaCon complicated and painful. Fortunately she meets Alyssa. She's really nice and Charlie instantly feels a connection. I like stories about love at first sight and the bond between Alyssa and Charlie is wonderful. I loved Charlie's creativity and her unique personality. She wants to be happy with the girl of her dreams after everything Reese has put her through and is willing to fight for it. I loved how Jen Wilde writes about their relationship, she gives plenty of emotional details, which makes it realistic and honest. Alyssa and Charlie admired each other from afar for years and there are plenty of sparks when they finally meet. They have great chemistry and are a cute couple.
Queens of Geek is a fabulous story about two girls who stand out in their own way. SupaCon is a fantastic place for them to express themselves, it's an impressive setting and I loved Jen Wilde's vivid and colorful descriptions of the event. Her writing has a nice flow. The story is being told from both Taylor and Charlie's point of view and their voices are equally compelling. Queens of Geek is all about their experiences at SupaCon and the reader has the chance to find out everything about this short, but very important fragment of their lives. The event brings Charlie and Taylor some life changing experiences and I loved witnessing those. Queens of Geek is a surprising, fun story with plenty of interesting layers.
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Charlie’s best friends Taylor and Jamie also accompany her on the trip to SupaCon. Taylor is very anxious, and is on the Autism spectrum, and is both excited to attend SupaCon and meet her celebrity icon, Skylar who stars as her all time favorite literary hero, and Jamie is excited to be spending time with Taylor. They might be best friends, but he has feelings for her, and thinks they might be reciprocated.
Told in alternation point of views between Charlie and Taylor, we see a trio of best friends enjoying their time at an event that will change their lives more than they ever expected.
Queens of Geek was such a delight of a book! I read it in two sittings, and flew through it. It was a very light, fun, read with minimal drama and conflict. While there are some speed bumps in the road, the story primarily focuses on friendship, confidence, self worth, and being true to yourself. I loved the friendship aspect of the book – in so many of the books I read, the friendships aren’t super healthy ones (or don’t exist at all), and this was a fantastic change of pace. I’d kill to have friends like Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie!
On that note, there were some moments in the book that felt a little too good to be true, if that makes sense. There were eloquently worded monologues, celebrities acting like they were best friends with strangers and inviting them to movie premiers after just meeting them, and women who didn’t get offended or upset when they overhear someone calling them fat behind their backs. While I’m sure those things can happen sometimes I feel like it would be incredibly rare for all of those things to occur, so I occasionally found myself having to suspend my disbelief in that regard. That said, if you enjoy the story for what it is and ignore the impracticality of some of the things that are said or that happen, the book is still adorable.
I really loved the representation of Taylor’s anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety, it’s not always easy to find books that accurately represent what it feels like to have an anxiety disorder, and I really related to Taylor feeling completely overwhelmed and having sensory overloads being in such a crowded place. I loved that her anxiety and Autism played into the story and weren’t treated as something shameful.
I also loved that these characters were diverse! The book had characters who were asian, overweight, bisexual, had shaved heads, weren’t traditionally “perfect” looking (as is the case in many YA books), and I loved that. There were a ton of references to fandoms (even some that I’m a part of, which was so fun to read!), and I loved that the “nerd culture” of attending cons and conventions was celebrated in this book.
Overall, I completely loved the book and could not put it down! It was a perfect light summer read, and was a 5 star read for me! I can’t wait to see what else Jen Wilde comes out with!
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