Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek

byJen Wilde

Kobo ebook | March 14, 2017

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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.

"Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom." Teen Vogue

"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams." —Seventeen

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 by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

Praise for Queens of Geek:

"Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." —Teen Vogue

"This is the geeky, queer book of our dreams. . . . This fluffy, nerdy book is perfect for cosplayers and convention-lovers." —Seventeen

“This is one empowering and uplifting girl-power story you don't want to miss.” —PureWow

"Jen Wilde's book about two best friends—one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety—will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." —Bustle

"If you love bisexual characters who actually use the word bisexual, queer characters of color dating each other, geekiness, fan conventions, and realistic but adorable love stories, this book is for you." —Bookriot

"Jen Wilde’s book is a hilarious and insightful look into the world of fan culture; the novel is infused with various spot-on pop culture references and fan-related terminology. . . . Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is a wonderful well-crafted tale of geek-laden adventures and new love. If you’re looking for queer intersectional representation, strong characterization, and absorbing prose, then this is the young-adult book for you." —Lambda Literary

Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us.” —Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

"The characters’ diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan’s crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." —School Library Journal

"Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and experience with Asperger's are treated with sensitivity. . . . Queens of Geek is a fun, quick read that will appeal to romance readers and self-proclaimed geeks." —VOYA

Praise from the Swoon Reads community:

"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " —Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love how interesting the story was and how the author addressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." —Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

Title:Queens of GeekFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250111382

ISBN - 13:9781250111388

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderfully nerdy! this book was such a cute read! it wasn't too heavy though it touched on some important topics and it made me feel all warm inside!
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ADORKABLE! This read was perfectly adorkable and just what I needed! We definitely need more books like this in the world. There was just so much to love about it and I really wish it had lasted longer so it didn’t have to end. Jen Wilde presents a beautiful sparkly unicorn of a book stuffed with all the geeky fluff and romance. I can honestly say that I’ve never been able to relate to a book like this pretty much ever and I love it! My inner geek found this story to be refreshing and powerful. Wilde is unapologetically witty in her writing and I seriously hope she comes out with more books like this one. I really did love all the characters, but I found myself relating most to Taylor (a proud fangirl/geek queen with anxiety) because she is so incredibly brave! Her POV really highlighted the struggles of someone with anxiety, and I can definitely see myself in her. It’s really easy to become overwhelmed sometimes and I loved reading her reactions to stressful situations and her methods for coping. Her blossoming crush on her best friend Jamie was also a fun read. I was totally fangirling over the movie references they used! From The Lion King to Miss Congeniality, nothing was off-limits when it came to quoting movies for these two! It reminds me a lot of myself because I’m constantly quoting my favourites on a daily basis. As a fellow movie nerd, I was all over this! My second favourite character was obviously Taylor’s BFF Charlie! She’s a vibrant character inside and out, with bright pink hair to boot. As an Asian-Australian bisexual actress, Charlie sure makes life look easy in her Youtube videos, but when push comes to shove, she’s still learning to accept the criticism that comes with the spotlight. I really enjoyed her POV because it was exciting to see a character so outspoken and confident struggling to accept who she was and close old wounds. I loved her romance with Alyssa and it was interesting reading about a bisexual protagonist struggling to overcome a bad break up and embrace happiness. The only thing I would have loved to see is Jamie or Alyssa’s POV because I think it would be interesting to get inside their heads and see where the magic happens. Other than that, Queens of Geek was perfection. If you’re looking to let your geek flag fly, then pick up this book immediately. It’ll make you laugh and smile the whole way through to the inevitably geekily-ever-after ending! Now that I think about it, it’s basically a modern day fairy tale! Calling all fangirls, this one’s for you!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Geek-ish Dream I absolutely loved this novel. It wasn't the greatest book that I've ever read, but there are some really important messages, diverse characters and queer romance in this novel. It is a pretty quick read and the level of readability and overall quick paced storyline (story takes over a few days) just add to the reading experience. I would definitely recommend this novel!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Geek Overload Before I begin describing what was actually inside the book, I feel like that ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUSLY PINK MARVEL OF A COVER NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED. It is so fun, perfect and AAH. It honestly feels like a privilege to own books with beautiful covers and Queens of Geek was one of those. Also, this book was set in a fictional version of San Diego Comic Con which is the ONE CON my two best friends and I have been DYING to go to for years, and this book felt like I was living vicariously and I LOVED THAT. THOUGHTS: 1. This book tried to take on a LOT of topics – Anxiety, Sexuality, Body Shaming and Fame among others in a very small space. All of them were handled really well, and the intended message WAS put across, but in a book that is BARELY 300 pages, it felt rushed. Body Shaming got a chapter, Sexuality or rather Bisexuality was mostly given one conversation. I think it’s AWESOME that so much was there, I just wish it was all talked about more. 2. THIS WAS SET IN A CONVENTION. WITH THREE BEST FRIENDS. And I really really loved it. What’s better than a bunch of real best friends who are all geeks at the biggest convention in the world geeking out and falling in love? THE BEST THANK YOU! 3. While I thought that this book, and the issues it handled could have been dealt with in more depth, Anxiety was handled absolutely perfectly. More than anything else, I understood what Taylor was going through when the book was told in her viewpoint. I loved how it was explained to those of us who don’t suffer from Anxiety, I love how STRONG Taylor was at Supa Con. Basically I loved Taylor, and the writing that created her. 4. Taylor and Jamie are my new OTP. HONESTLY. Best Friend Romances are my ACHILLES HEEL or plot lines and while I’d love them on principle, I ADORE the chemistry that Jen Wilde manages to create between them. They were both suck adorable geeky humans and so easy to love. 5. I really liked Charlie as a person. She was strong and had her own insecurities and her voice was so powerful. She wasn’t just a pink haired movie star, she felt like a real person and I connected with her oh-so easily. Would I recommend reading this? UHM YES. If you’re a fangirl that loves reading books about Fangirls and best friends and Conventions, THIS IS SO FOR YOU! An important geek filled ride that will leave you smiling, swooning and booking tickets to the con you’ve always dreamed of going too! 4 stars.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Wanted It To Be This is an important book, but it's not a well-written one. There was a lot of diversity in this book, which I think is so important and is something that the world needs more of, but that still wasn't enough to make me like it. I described it to some of my friends as a series of rants about different issues the author wanted to make a point about (bisexuality, body image, autism, etc..). To me, it felt like the rants and inspirational moments were written first, and then the "plot" was added as a secondary thought, just to somehow tie them all together. It left the characters, whom I wanted to love so much, feeling very false to me. And the only time I even remotely felt like the characters were speaking like normal teenagers was when they would use the term "hells yes", which is something I haven't heard since the mid-2000s. I couldn't relate to these characters at all, because they weren't real people; they were walking blog posts. If I remove the weird plot and the attempt at character-building, the messages this book sends are still great ones, and so I can't just give it 1 star. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fun! This book was! so! fun! It was a quick and fluffy contemporary with some cringey scenes and lacklustre plot but my god was it fun. Obviously Taylor was a character that is perfect for any nerd girl to see herself in, but it didn't take anything away. This book talked about some seriously important issues. Anxiety, autism, panic attacks, bisexuality, damaging relationships, self worth etc. 15 year old Skylar would have gotten so much out of this book and I'm so glad to think of the nerd girls who get to read this and smile.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, geeky story! So, I really liked Queens of Geek. It took me some time to get into it, mainly because my life is overwhelmed with school right now, but once I did get into it, I really enjoyed it. The story is told from Charlie’s and Taylor’s perspectives. Charlie, Taylor and their friend Jamie, are all in the U.S. for SupaCon (they’re from Australia), and this is their first fan convention. Charlie is a YouTuber turned movie star who is promoting her first film and she brought her friends along with her. At SupaCon, Charlie has to deal with the annoying presence of her ex-boyfriend and co-star Reese (and all the questions from fans about their relationship), while exploring a crush on a potential fellow YouTuber. Meanwhile, Taylor is trying not to freak out and let her anxiety get the best of her as she enters a very public contest for the chance to meet her favourite author, while navigating her feelings for Jamie. This is definitely a story for the geeks and the nerds, the extroverts and the introverts, as Jen Wilde weaves a cute, geeky story about friendship, love, and fandom.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MORE Please! Queens of Geek is a powerful story with very relatable characters. They were real in an honest and flawed way. If I had to use one word to describe the book it would be Empowering. Taylor has sever anxiety attacks and all throughout the book we see her struggle to cope with it. Meeting someone similar to herself gave her courage to go out and experience the big world. I relate a lot to Taylor. A lot of her thoughts and reactions reflect my own. Though I may not have as serious a condition as she does, I understand a lot of what goes through her mind. Charlie is an up and coming star with pink hair- how cool is that! She has always been open about her bisexuality but her fear of being under public scrutiny threatens her blossoming relationship with Alyssa, another superstar. She deals and turns her past hurt into future possibilities. I also loved seeing her strong family values. I couldn't agree more. Queens of Geek is also a very down-to-earth book. The abundance of movie/game references were so fun. The Super Mario comparison was my favourite. Perfection. The shippy romances were diverse and swoonworthy. Most of all I adored the strong friendship between the three characters. No matter their own problems they remain loyal and true to each other. There are so many encouraging words in Queens of Geek. A lot of it resonated with me. I've never highlighted so many quotes in a book so I just want to share some here. "It's very hard for people to understand, and all too easy for them to judge." "I would choose being different over being part of the boring crowd any day" "Life's just too damn short, you know?" "Messes aren't so bad, so long as you have people to share them with." "If you judge me based on the way I'm shaped, then you miss out on how awesome I am." "It's not my job to convince others of who I am. My only job is to be who I am." I get all the feels from these lines! The world needs more books like Queens of Geek. Seriously.
Date published: 2017-03-06