book review: queens of geek, by jen wilde

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please excuse me as i cry with my fandom merch

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.

Queens of Geek was my last read of 2018. I couldn’t have wished for a better way to end the year, as this made me incredibly happy. It’s not a perfect read, by any means, but it was exactly what I needed to end the year on a positive note.

COISAS BOAS

  1. It was very diverse! When I first read the premise, I already knew Queens of Geek was going to have both bisexual & anxiety rep, but it had a lot more than that! Charlie is an Asian-American girl, who gets involved with another black girl halfway through the book. Taylor also fit in the autism spectrum. Overall, this was so diverse everywhere and it was refreshing to read!
  2. The fat-rep was on point. Taylor is a curvy girl and I can not even describe how happy it made me to read about a fat character that was also so much more than that. Actually, Taylor’s body is not a big deal at all, as she gets involved on cosplay contests, shows up on TV and falls in love with her best-friend. There are multiple occasions when Taylor comfortably eats hamburguer around her crush; and I know that this sounds so stupid, but it made me so happy? I am very self conscious to eat around people, but the fact that Taylor owed it gave me an unexpected boost of confidence.
  3. This made me so happy. I read Queens of Geek in one sitting and I spent the entire afternoon laughing and gushing. I’m glad that I wasn’t reading it in public, otherwhise it would’ve been embarrassing. The relationships are adorable, there’s so much growth and representation through the pages and the characters were always so supportive. This was a joy to read!

COISAS RUINS

  1. It reads like a fanfiction. And not even one of the good ones. I’m a big advocate on fanfictions, don’t get me wrong. Some of the ones I’ve read were probably better written than full on novels. But Queens of Geek just wasn’t one of the good fanfictions out there. Poor writing, cliché scenes and some quotes that made me seriously cringe. I swear to God I even wrote a scene just like the one when Alyssa and Charlie are recording the Youtube video together. When I was 12.
  2. Insta-love and insta-friendship. Because this is a very short novel, it is understandable that things had to develop fast. Still, it was a bit weird just how quickly some relationships became so important for the characters. Even though it threw me off a little bit, I still think you’re able to root for the characters despise that.

img_0224Overall, this made me so happy, though! I didn’t even care if the writing wasn’t great or if I could predict the lines they were saying next: this was still so fun to read. There’s so much to love about the characters and the amount of representation.

On top of that, the conversation on fandom was definitely an interesting one. Fandoms have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember – firstly, with Jonas Brothers (obviously), moving on to books & TV, and now where I’m kind in a mix of all of these, with a K-POP cherry on top. To follow these characters as they find themselves and life-time friendships because of something as a book series was relatable and inspiring.

My final rating is:

3 ESTRELAS

Have you ever read Queens of Geek? How did you like it? And what are some of your current fandoms? Have you ever made life-time friendships because of it?

13 comentários sobre “book review: queens of geek, by jen wilde

  1. I haven’t read queens of geek but it sounds like a fun read. Im glad you enjoyed it.
    Fandoms have definitely connected me to my friends– we talked about Marvel, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. So I definitely think it made me closer to my friends. 😊

    Curtir

    • It really was a lot of fun!
      I think one of the best things about fandom is the idea to make new friends through it. It’s so great to find someone who shares the same interests as you do! It definitely makes for an easier start of conversations, that’s for sure, hahah.
      Thank you so much for your comment! 💛

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      • That’s good!! Yes fandoms are great for that and you can build up great relationships from your shared love *can squel about it together*. It does make an easy start to the conversation. 😂
        You’re welcome!! 💕

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  2. (Okay but we should be talking about the Jonas Brothers, Lais, why aren’t we because hello I’m part of that too 😂😂)
    This was a great review! I’m sorry to hear you weren’t totally on board with the writing, but I’m glad this was still a book that made you happy, it certainly made me happy and smile a whole lot just as well :D

    Curtir

    • Marie, the Jonas Brothers! That was literally the biggest part of my childhood! I was probably the only person who liked Kevin the most out of the three, because apparently I was bound to be an unpopular queen since I was a kid, hahahah. They were so great! I had the chance to watch them live twice and it’s one of the best memories I ever had.
      Queens of Geek definitely made me smile a lot! It really is a delightful read.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 🌟

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      • ME TOO. I just loved them so much 💖 I was always a popular queen then I guess because my favorite was always Joe haha. It’s SO great that you got to see them live twice! I got lucky enough to get to see them one time and it is one of my best memories, too. SO NOSTALGIC NOW. I’ll be nostalgic with you then I hope you don’t mind haha 💖
        You’re so, so welcome! 💖

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  3. Great review, Lais! I’m glad to hear that Queens of Geek made you very happy; I LOVE books that can do that, which is why I love reading fluffy (& diverse) contemporaries, haha. (Although I also love books that emotionally destroy me, ofc.) My fandoms have definitely helped me create lifelong friendships – one of my best online friends shares almost all of my fandoms, and it’s so great bonding over that. ☺️

    Curtir

    • Thank you, Dezzy! I definitely agree that reading emotional books is also amazing, but sometimes it’s just nice to cuddle with a happy, stress-free read.
      I’m so happy you found such great friends just through fandom! It’s always fun to share interests and fangirl together, hahah.
      Thanks for the lovely comment! ✨

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    • Thanks, Olivia! I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up! It certainly is a happy, entertaining read, and I love the fact that what made me the happiest was the amount of diversity. It’s so nice to find sweet reads which you can relate with!
      Thanks for the lovely comment! 💫

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  4. I agree with everything you said, though I rated it four stars, not three. I rounded it up because I really appreciated the diversity, especially how intersectional it was, and – like you mentioned – it made me happy, it was a cute book. But yeah, lots of cliché and cringy scenes and it reads as very young, because of the quality of the writing. I ended up not picking up the author’s second novel, because I heard it wasn’t better, and I’m not sure her books are something I’d give a chance in the future. Great review!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    Curtir

    • Yeah, I agree with you. I also haven’t read anything else by Jen Wilde, because I feel like there has to be a very specific mood so her books can work. I read Queens of Geek during one of my least favorite times of the year, which is holiday season, so the book warmed up and made me happy. However, I don’t know how I’d feel about her other work.
      Thank you so much for the comment, Veronika! ❣️

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