Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
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.
Review: This read was perfectly adorkable and just what I needed! We definitely need more books like this in the world. There was just so much to love about it and I really wish it had lasted longer so it didn’t have to end. Jen Wilde presents a beautiful sparkly unicorn of a book stuffed with all the geeky fluff and romance. I can honestly say that I’ve never been able to relate to a book like this pretty much ever and I love it! My inner geek found this story to be refreshing and powerful. Wilde is unapologetically witty in her writing and I seriously hope she comes out with more books like this one.
I really did love all the characters, but I found myself relating most to Taylor (a proud fangirl/geek queen with anxiety) because she is so incredibly brave! Her POV really highlighted the struggles of someone with anxiety, and I can definitely see myself in her. It’s really easy to become overwhelmed sometimes and I loved reading her reactions to stressful situations and her methods for coping. Her blossoming crush on her best friend Jamie was also a fun read. I was totally fangirling over the movie references they used! From The Lion King to Miss Congeniality, nothing was off-limits when it came to quoting movies for these two! It reminds me a lot of myself because I’m constantly quoting my favourites on a daily basis. As a fellow movie nerd, I was all over this!
My second favourite character was obviously Taylor’s BFF Charlie! She’s a vibrant character inside and out, with bright pink hair to boot. As an Asian-Australian bisexual actress, Charlie sure makes life look easy in her Youtube videos, but when push comes to shove, she’s still learning to accept the criticism that comes with the spotlight. I really enjoyed her POV because it was exciting to see a character so outspoken and confident struggling to accept who she was and close old wounds. I loved her romance with Alyssa and it was interesting reading about a bisexual protagonist struggling to overcome a bad break up and embrace happiness.
The only thing I would have loved to see is Jamie or Alyssa’s POV because I think it would be interesting to get inside their heads and see where the magic happens. Other than that, Queens of Geek was perfection.
If you’re looking to let your geek flag fly, then pick up this book immediately. It’ll make you laugh and smile the whole way through to the inevitably geekily-ever-after ending! Now that I think about it, it’s basically a modern day fairy tale! Calling all fangirls, this one’s for you!