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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.
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Queens of Geek came highly recommended from Aila and Madalyn. It sounded way too good for me not to want to pick it up. Going in, I was expecting a book that was pure nerdy fun with some romance here and there, and that’s exactly what I got from it. In my review, I’ll be sharing a few reasons why I liked this book.
Diversity, diversity & more diversity
The pages of Queens of Geek is just bustling with so much diversity, and never once does it feel forced. It’s there and it’s natural, just like in the real world. It has a bisexual Chinese character in the form of Charlie, a YouTuber and actress, and also a character with Asperger’s and social anxiety in the form of Taylor. I loved that even though the diversity in the book was inherently part of the characters, it was never made a huge deal out of, so it never felt like the author forced herself to write diverse characters. She handles it all like a pro, in my opinion, writing everything with respect all the while teaching readers a thing or two, which is something that I always want from a book like Queens of Geek. I especially appreciated how much she delves into Taylor’s Asperger’s. You can tell that this is either an own-voices book or that she spent her time doing her research to write these very realistic characters.
This whole cast is just really hard not to like. There was just something so positive about them that made them very endearing. Charlie and her realness, especially spoke to me. I admired her strength, her honesty and her brave face so much. She’s the sort of character I kind of wish I was like as a teen and as an adult, because she is outspoken and fearless in every way. She’s dealing with having come off from a terrible break up as well as being in the spotlight all the time. Her worries and emotions were raw and realistic. Taylor, with her fears, totally settled in my heart as well. Her story was very much that of growth, and I loved watching her taking baby steps to reach her goals. Alyssa and Jamie were also terrific characters, who were very well developed as well even though they were secondary characters.
Lots of positive friendships
If you’ve known me for a while then you know just how much I love books that have depictions of positive friendships. At its core, Queens of Geek is a story about three very close friends, Charlie, Taylor and Jamie. I thought Jen Wilde nailed it with how she wrote the bond between these characters. You could just tell how much they loved each other and every time they would boost each other’s spirits up, it would warm my heart. From the way it’s written, you can tell that this is a friendship that will last forever, and so how could I not love these characters?
Two very adorable ships
Besides the A+ friendships, Queens of Geek has not one, but TWO adorable romances. I loved both of them equally and thought they both very well-written. Charlie finds her romance with Alyssa, a fellow vlogger who she looks up to, and who she is lucky enough to meet at Supacon. I loved loved loved watching these two be awkward around each other and then eventually move into the comfortable zone. They were super sweet, and I think anyone who loves a good romance will enjoy the romance between Charlie and Alyssa. Taylor and Jamie also find love with each other in Queens of Geek, and even though it’s a bit of a bumpy ride because of Taylor’s anxiety at first, their relationship really blossoms. It’s a friends to more romance, and one that’s developed very well. Jamie is actually the best for the way he treated Taylor and her autism in the book, and you will just love everything about this boy. Another bonus to these romances was how they remained relatively drama-free!
A comic convention setting
With the Supacon setting, the book was just full of pure geeky moments, and it was really great. Though I’ve never been to one, I thought the author really captured the energy of a convention authentically. I loved all the fandom references, the cosplaying and everything else about this book that made it geeky and nerdy. It truly was a blast!
As you can tell, I adored this book. It was fun, heartwarming and just the perfect cozy read! I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author. Thanks to Aila and Madalyn for giving me the push to read this one! I love my book-pushing friends! 🙂