Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 14, 2017
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.
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.
I am so excited about this book. There are so many great aspects of it.
I loved the diversity in the book. Charlie is Asian-Australian and bisexual. Taylor has social anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. These aspects of the characters were discussed but they weren’t their whole identities. They seemed like real people.
The two love stories were very cute. I loved Charlie and Alyssa! They make such a cute couple! And through the whole book I wanted Taylor and Jamie to get together! I was rooting for both couples (and I really didn’t like Reese!)
I loved the SupaCon. It sounds like so much fun! It reminded me of the only fan convention I’ve been to, which is Fan Expo in Toronto. It’s like a ComicCon and I went a few years ago. It also got me thinking about my upcoming trip to BookCon which I’m super excited for!!
Another great aspect of this book is the way it was published. Swoon Reads accepts manuscripts from writers, and then puts them online for readers to vote for which ones get published. It’s a great way to see your favourite indie writers get published.
I loved this book! I think I’ll be recommending it for the rest of the year!