{Review} Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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{Review} Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads on March 14, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (YA)
Pages: 288

Our Rating

4 Stars

Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

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.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.



Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

When three best friends head off to SupaCon, they’ve got big things in mind.  It’s going to be amazing, it’s going to be filled with all the things they geek out over, and it’s going to be more fun than they can even imagine.  What they don’t realize is that it will change things for them in the best and most unexpected ways.


The Awesome:  Queens of Geek tackles so many important and underrepresented (at least in teen romanc-y fiction) subjects that it’s hard to know where to start.  An autistic female character… why do we not have more of these?!?  The whole high school age LGBT thing, including bisexuality… because not everyone who isn’t straight is gay, and it’s about time that came through in novels.  The geekiness, the fandoms, the scrutiny of media and spotlight of fame, weight issues, anxiety… I sooooo wish the messages in this book were simply part of mainstream curriculum in school; the world would be a much better place if teens had some insight into just how okay it is to just be themselves.


The Not-For-Me:  I do think the story was a little immature for someone my age, but that’s a risk I take when I pick up a YA or NA book.  I’m not so ancient that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a teen, but times have changed a bit, and sometimes I can’t quite relate the way someone in the target age range for this book will.  In fact, I dare say that’s probably a good thing, since it’s probably spot-on for teen readers.

I also have to admit that I was very confused in the beginning of the story.  Several characters were introduced, a million other names were mentioned, and the point-of-view changed before I’d figured out just who everyone was.  I ended up having to go back and reread the first chapter or two once I had them all down.

The Verdict:  Queens of Geek is exactly the kind of book YA readers need.  It’s overflowing with pop culture, social issues, and social media — a combination that keeps it light-hearted and fun while confronting topics like LGBT issues, anxiety, autism, and sexism.  The characters are flawed in very realistic and common ways, not too mature in their opinions and reactions, and so easy to get behind and root for.  The dialogue was fun and cheesy and so ridiculously entertaining that I was smiling about it well after finishing the book, and while some of the topics could have been heavy, Wilde makes sure that in this book they’re simply part of everyday life.  If only everyone in the real world could accept things this way!  Amazingly enough, this is one book I just might need to share with my flighty, brilliant, crazy and much younger sister, as it’s one piece of fun fiction I think we might both agree on.

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
4 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
4 star rating
Story Conclusion
4 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating
  


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About Jen Wilde

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.

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  1. Thanks for hosting today! Glad you liked it this sounds like a really well written and substantial read!

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