I saw Queens of Geek on a list somewhere. I actually think it was on the same list as This Darkness Mine, though my sentiments about this book differ wildly from my feelings about that one.
Queens of Geek was one of the books I put on hold at the library when I found out about it, then promptly forgot I’d put it on hold. I’d already scheduled other books to read this week, but dropped everything for this gem of geeky goodness (that I ended up reading in one day). From Goodreads:
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.
And my Sticky Note Review:
Queens of Geek is definitely a feel-good YA romance. It pushed the same reader buttons for me as Fangirl, and I stayed up last night just so I could finish it. Diversity in characterization FTW. One of the protagonists, Taylor, is autistic and deals with anxiety. She talks about misdiagnosis and meds and therapy – all things I appreciate seeing in YA lit. I wish we’d gotten the story from Jamie’s perspective – the story is billed as three friends (which there were), but we only ever hear Taylor’s and Charlie’s perspectives. I loved that Charlie’s story wasn’t a coming out story, and that her fears about a public relationship with another YouTuber made total sense. I’d totally read this again.
What I didn’t have space to talk about on my sticky note was how the writing was sometimes a bit dialogue heavy. While I felt like it slowed the story down in certain places, it did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
Have you read Queens of Geek? What did you think?