#1st Book for 24-Hour Readathon [June 2018]
TITLE: Queens of Geek
BY: Jen Wilde
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Romance
PUBLICATION: March 14th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. 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 her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
When I posted my LGBTQIAP TBR List, my friend, Amber recommended this to me and I was instantly sold I downloaded it on my Kindle right away. But it took me a long while to finally read it mainly because I really have this love/hate relationship with YA contemporary. But I wish I haven’t waited so long.
I love so many things about Queens of Geek. First the fandom. I was totally dorking with Taylor, Jamie and Charlie. The whole book is set in a SupaCon, which is basically a Comic Con, and my nerdy/dorky self was so happy. I wish I was in a Comic Con with these three.
“Haven’t you heard? Nerds are cool now.”
I also like the way feminism and racism were touched in the story. This quote ⇓⇓⇓
…there’s no one way to be a girl… 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, witty beauty queen—or both at the same time.”
This book really showed some badass girls, not just Charlie. But Charlie’s the perfect embodiment of both feminism and simply taking courage and embracing what you are. Charlie being an half-asian and new to movie industry, aiming for people to see her past as just his co-stars’ ex-girlfriend really promotes feminism. But Charlie is actually a Bi and she, telling/showing the world, along with Alyssa, what she really is and that everyone can be whoever they wanna be is just amazing. It was so inspiring to see.
Side note: God, I so ship Alyssa and Charlie.
Which takes me to another issue this book handled. The mental health issues. And this is why I gave my heart to Taylor. I love Charlie so much but I see myself more on Taylor. This hits home. She has autism and social anxiety. I’m not sure about autism but Anxiety, Jesus, the author knows what she’s writing about. There was a point where Taylor kinda explained panic attacks and anxiety and it was so on point, so accurate. I think the author is either a real psychologist or a doctor or she has real experience with anxiety. It was explained so well. I cried so much, tbh, because it felt great to know that someone understands what I truly feel or experience everyday.
Moving on, the romance between Tay and Jamie, I can do without but it’s great that it’s there. I love the friendship between the three main characters and I love how accepting they are to each other. because really, without acceptance, it’s not friendship.
“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.”
“Messes aren’t so bad, so long as you have people to share them with.”
Now, why did I rate it a little lower when I seem to be patronizing the whole book. It’s the writing. It’s too average. I think the book succeed on its take on diversity, and on dealing/handling serious issues but the execution was just really so average. The dialogues are too simple, the scenes are not that extravagant. It’s also filled with cliches and the plot wasn’t that complicated. Anyway, my complains are more technical. But 3.5 is still a great rating.
Would I recommend it? Highly. The book was filled with amazing aphorisms. (I’m calling them aphorisms) It was fun and easy to read and I think most people will enjoy this as much as I did. And relate to at least one of the characters.