Author: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: March 14th 2017
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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, 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.
After an onslaught of several complex fantasy worlds, this book was a quick and fun read that gave me all the fluff and all the feels needed.
The story is told from the POVs of two best friends: Charlie, who is an up and coming Chinese-Australian movie star and Youtuber. Also a bisexual. And Taylor, a pro-fangirl/blogger who has autism spectrum disorder and is dealing with social anxiety. And then there’s the adorable Jamie, supportive sunshine and too-good-to-be-true third best friend.
Everything takes place in a huge comic con called “Supa-Con”, and let me tell you: it is geekdom galore. I loved it. I think it’s so creative how the author utilized this one setting and made it fun, immersive and not at all repetitive. I’ve never been to any type of comic-con event but I can imagine how much of a magical haven it could be for fangirls/fanboys and all ‘geeks’, and the author perfectly captured the feeling of acceptance and contentment that comes with a community that shares your enthusiasm and passion for similar things. As a fangirl myself, I was basically drooling over Supa-Con; I even felt nostalgic and emotional several times while reading.
The romances were so cute!! The f/f romance featured in this book was the adorablest thing ever!! I loved the characters and I loved the diversity. Taylor’s struggle with anxiety resonated with me so much. Social anxiety is something I struggle with myself and this is the closest I’ve ever felt to being understood in a book. Queens of geek takes on a lot of important topic. Too many to count. Among them are harmful fandom behavior, sexism in the movie industry, supportive friendships, body-positivity, healthy relationships and so much more.
The only problem I have with it is that I wanted a bit more of a story. It felt too simple, story-wise. Also, I found some things implausible and unrealistic.
Overall, this book is the perfect summer read. Light and cute. Diverse and relatable. And it takes on several important topics.
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl. Her debut into fiction, THE EVA SERIES, reached over three million reads on Wattpad and became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, she loves binge-watching Netflix, eating pizza, and going to pop culture conventions cosplaying as Marty McFly.
Jen lives in a beachside town in Australia with her husband and their troublesome pug, aptly named Heisenberg.