Queens of Geekby Jen Wilde
Published on March 14, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
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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.
Guys!! This book was everything I needed! I admit that there were things that weren’t perfect, but I loved this book with a passion! The representation was amazing! I related to both Charlie and Taylor on so many levels.
Let’s start with Taylor….Taylor has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and suffers from extreme anxiety. Now, I may not be on the spectrum, but I do suffer from anxiety and it was a relief to read a book with a character who had the same thought and feelings I had going to my first convention – thoughts and feelings I have every day. Taylor was definitely one of my favorites. Mental illness is so important to talk about right now so erase the stigma surrounding it. Plus, Taylor was an admirable character. Despite everything, she was determined to be herself and try things she thought she was too afraid to try.
I really loved Charlie a lot too. I loved that I could connect with her so well. Charlie is bisexual and a lot of what she went through, especially what she dealt with with her ex boyfriend Reese, I have heard as well. It can be hard to tell people you’re bisexual when you’re in what people see as a heterosexual relationship. But our identities are valid. We are real. And we exist. I admire Charlie because she stuck to her guns when it came to her feelings and even though there were things she was told she had to do “for the fans” towards the end she finally put her foot down and said no more.
The relationship between Taylor and Jamie was so cute omg. I always love the friends to more trope. Idk why but it always warms my heart to see two individuals who have been in love with each other for so long to finally get together.
There were some small issues that I had, and some I read about while reading other reviews that I want to mention. For one, I thought that the relationship between Charlie and Alyssa happened a little too quickly. I understand that they had interacted online a few times, but it was basically like “I’ve been watching your videos for years and I love you with all my being!” I wish it wouldn’t have been an instant I love You…The book took place over three days and it just happened a bit too quickly for my liking. However, I do think Charlie and Alyssa are great <3
Another thing I read, was that Taylor should have had a little more trouble with the crowds than she did for being on the autism spectrum. It was never clearly stated how high on the spectrum Taylor was, and I don’t know a lot about autism, but even for someone with extreme anxiety, I feel like she maybe should have struggled just a little bit more. But I still think this book was written extremely well and I recommend it to everyone!
If you’re looking for a fun, light read with lots of representation then this book is definitely for you! I read it in a day because I just couldn’t put it down!