Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilder
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th, 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.
“I’m surrounded by superheroes. And that means I must be one, too.
And everyone knows that no matter what darkness they face, heroes are destined to win.”
This was such an adorable, fuffly read and I cannot be happier I read it this summer. I’ve been seeing this book on Twitter, Goodreads… basically everywhere, and it had amazing reviews. I remember buying it right when it came out but somehow I wasn’t in the mood for picking it up. So what better time to do it than during BooktubeAThon, right?
It was such a quick read. It wasn’t pretty big, so I flew through it. I read it in one sitting, and guys, I’m a very slow reader. So that’s saying something! This year I’ve been reading a lot of books that had fangirls as protagonist, and I cannot be happier. I enjoyed them so much, and it’s so easy to connect with the characters and everything that happens to them.
“You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous beauty queen – or both at the same time.”
THERE IS NO SLUT SHAMMING IN THIS BOOK. I REPEAT: THERE IS NOT SLUT OR GIRL SHAMMING IN THIS BOOK. In fact, there are certain scenes where it talks about it, and I was incredibly happy to see that portrayed in a book. Especially a YA book. I really loved the characters because of that. They are so different from each other, and there’s a lot of diversity between the two protagonists, Charlie and Taylor.
Charlie is bisexual and I cannot be happier to read about a f/f romance in a contemporary. Actually, the relationship between her and Alyssa was adorable. I enjoyed very much seeing how they interacted with the other, and even though it was a bit insta love-ish, I can’t complain about that.
And I was really surprised to see a character with asperger and anxiety in the book (I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!). Even though I don’t know a lot about asperger, I could so much related to Taylor and her anxiety. Even though some things that happened to the characters were a bit childish and felt unrealistic to me, I connected with Taylor, since I myself felt like that not a while ago. And I really loved seeing that in a YA novel, and how she tried to do things she wanted to do but was afraid of.
“Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blowfly that gets into the house in the middle of the summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”
Something I found a bit lacking was the Youtube comunity and Charlie’s interactions with it. You knew she had a Youtube channel that made her famous, but it wasn’t really mentioned a lot (it was sometimes to let know the characters but no more than that). And I would have loved to read more about the comunity and Charlie uploading and making videos or vlogs.
And as I mentioned before, what made me lower my rating was some scenes that felt a bit unrealistic. I know it was a contemporary book and FICTION, but still I would have enjoyed it more if some parts were a bit different.
But overall I have to say it’s a nice and fluffy contemporary, and totally recommend it for the summer (or if you’re on the beach or looking for something cute and fast paced!).
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