5 Reasons Why Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Was a Delightful Read

5 Reasons Why Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Was a Delightful ReadQueens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
Release Date: March 14th 2017
Published by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: eBook
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Source: Purchased

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.

Likeable 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! 🙂

Have you ever been to Comic Con or a similar convention?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I have this one on my Amazon wishlist because of reviews like this!! So many great things about it that I look for in books. Sounds adorable. Great review!!

  • This sounds lovely, Nick. I love that the author is not attempting to cure someone of whatever disorders they have. She’s simply telling their stories in the most natural way. I also love all the positive relationships/friendships and characterizations in this book.

    Brilliant review!

  • I love the setting and yes for geeky moments! This sounds like a fun one Nick.

  • I just ordered this book yesterday! I love that there are two new releases that involve comic conventions (the other being Geekerella) and I cannot wait to read either of them! Plus I can never resist friendships or ships 😀

  • I absolutely loved this one! It’s my favorite read of the year so far. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it too. I really loved Taylor. Great review!

  • I need something light, fun and positive. I will have to check this out!

  • Greg Hill

    This was pretty good, I just finished it last night! I liked Taylor a lot and the romance between Charlie and Alyssa was super cute. And I liked all the characters- you’re right about the likeability- except for Reese ha ha. I thought it did capture the convention feel pretty well, especially their enthusiasm when they got there.

  • Awww, this looks so cute! ANd yay for diversity that feels natural and not forced. Also, I wish I could pull off pink hair. But it would look so bad with my skin!

  • Never been to comic con or anything similar! I hope I can one day. This one sounds like a major win all around! More Autism in books! Just for that, I want to read this book. I need to get my hands on it!

  • YAY FOR BOOK PUSHING <3 <3 I'm also so happy you enjoyed this one! I've seen quite a few people note the large lack of plot throughout the book, but I felt like the focus was more on characterization and growth, rather than any potential storyline. And the author did such a superb job on that aspect! All the characters were so easy to love – well, maybe with the exception of Charlie's ex, but at least he's not a complete meanie bobeenie – and extremely relatable.

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • So many awesome reasons why I need to pick this up ASAP! I need the adorable ships and the diversity and comics! I didn’t know I need to read this so badly haha. Awesome review, Nick!

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I cannot explain how excited I am to read this! It doesn’t come out till May here in Australia, so I have to put of reading it a little. But omg. I am so excited! Thank you for the review

  • This was on my list of books to read for a reason and you’re just reminding me again that I need to read it ASAP (along with a bunch of other books). I love the level of diversity in this book it’s what drew me to it in the first place, along with the comic con setting (it always helps to draw me in) so yeah. I will be buying this soon.

  • Pure nerdy fun with diverse, adorable ships…give it to me. *grabby hands* There just aren’t enough queer PoC characters in YA, so I’m really excited to hear that Queens of Geek has some. Add to that meaningful, positive friendships and I’m totally there.

  • This sounds amazing, full stop. And it sounds like such a joy to read too! The diversity, thecomplicated relationships and dealing with Asperger’s in a good way = LOVE IT. The convention setting is just awesome — I love cons and I go to them every chance I get bc they don’t often happen here so it’s like twice a year, if I’m lucky lol it’s just so much fun to go geek out about fandoms and to see the diversity in the fans themselves!

  • Jazmen Greene

    This sounds pretty fun. Thanks for sharing. It’s not even one I would notice normally, but I love the setting!

  • I’ve seen this
    cover around, but I’ve never actually read the blurb. All your points are
    things I love in books, well maybe not the comic convention setting, since
    I’m not a big fan of comics. I’m looking forward to these positive friendships
    and adorable drama-free romances.