Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
First, don’t you just LOVE this cover?? I saw this book all over Instagram and read rave reviews so I thought, “What the hell?” I bought it.
As I was recently at Book Con, I felt right at home reading Queens of Geek. Jen Wilde did an excellent job at portraying the crowds, cosplaying, meeting strangers, and how you feel when you see your heroes in the flesh.
Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde, follows two BFFS, Taylor and Charlie, who are graduating from high school in Australia. They all want to move to LA where “Supacon” is held with their other friend Jamie. The story is told from the points of view of both Taylor and Charlie.
“We’re all messy. What kind of friends would we be if we demanded you only show us your prettiness? This isn’t Instagram—-it’s real life. And real life is messy.” -Queens of Geek
Taylor has social anxiety and is secretly in love with her best friend Jamie and is scared of change. But quickly, she develops acquaintances at SupaCon that make her realize she isn’t alone in her fears and that encouragers her to enter a Queen Firestone contest.
Charlie is a prominent Youtuber who became a movie star. She regrettably dated her douche-bag co-star Reese Ryan and has trouble getting out of the limelight of her “shippers”. She’s afraid this will effect her future relationships, like with fellow celebrity Alyssa Huntington.
These developments effect the characters during the duration of SupaCon as they come out of their own personal shells and continue to break the mold.
Things I loved about this book?!
- The representation of types of females + diversity.
- The believability and how relatable the characters are.
- The adorkableness and unapologetic geekiness.
- Showing that girls can be both into nerdy things and traditionally girly things.
- The strong, but vulnerable and flawed female characters.
- The mentions of actual fandoms like Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.
- Of course, the overall setting of a big convention.
This book was fairly short but managed to capture so much truth about dealing with anxiety or not living up to what society’s expectations of who you should be. At one point, Taylor is called fat behind her back because she isn’t skinny enough to portray her favorite character. I thought the way Taylor handled the situation was amazing, especially since while she doubts herself sometimes she knows that her size doesn’t matter.
Queens of Geek is the book every geek girl or nerd deserves. It was delightful, had cheesy dialogue at times, but also had a positive message to young geek girls everywhere. I had a fun time reading it and would highly recommend it!