- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Swoon Reads (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250111390
- ISBN-13: 978-1250111395
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Queens of Geek Paperback – March 14, 2017
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Gr 9 Up—In this blend of fandom, romance, and coming-of-age, two Australian girls, both high school seniors, attend a fan convention in California, and romantic intrigues ensue. The fast-paced, entertaining story introduces a cast of characters who are all geeks, but in other ways, they are a diverse group of friends. Narrated in alternating first-person voices, the short chapters are filled with authentic language that reflects the characters' ages and online interests, with many embedded social media posts as well as acronyms and terms from the Urban Dictionary. 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. The setting of the convention offers sci-fi and fantasy devotees the fun of vicariously attending the SupaCon convention as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the experiences of the authors, actors, and vloggers who are on stage. VERDICT Part of Macmillan's crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself. Purchase where there is active interest in fandom.—Theresa Muraski, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library
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
“[A] fun read about fandom, friendship and the courage to be yourself.” ―Autostraddle
“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 for Queens of Geek from the Swoon Reads community:
"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com
"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com
"[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 everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels." -Catherine Tinker, 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
"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com
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Charlie’s best friends Taylor and Jamie also accompany her on the trip to SupaCon. Taylor is very anxious, and is on the Autism spectrum, and is both excited to attend SupaCon and meet her celebrity icon, Skylar who stars as her all time favorite literary hero, and Jamie is excited to be spending time with Taylor. They might be best friends, but he has feelings for her, and thinks they might be reciprocated.
Told in alternation point of views between Charlie and Taylor, we see a trio of best friends enjoying their time at an event that will change their lives more than they ever expected.
Queens of Geek was such a delight of a book! I read it in two sittings, and flew through it. It was a very light, fun, read with minimal drama and conflict. While there are some speed bumps in the road, the story primarily focuses on friendship, confidence, self worth, and being true to yourself. I loved the friendship aspect of the book – in so many of the books I read, the friendships aren’t super healthy ones (or don’t exist at all), and this was a fantastic change of pace. I’d kill to have friends like Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie!
On that note, there were some moments in the book that felt a little too good to be true, if that makes sense. There were eloquently worded monologues, celebrities acting like they were best friends with strangers and inviting them to movie premiers after just meeting them, and women who didn’t get offended or upset when they overhear someone calling them fat behind their backs. While I’m sure those things can happen sometimes I feel like it would be incredibly rare for all of those things to occur, so I occasionally found myself having to suspend my disbelief in that regard. That said, if you enjoy the story for what it is and ignore the impracticality of some of the things that are said or that happen, the book is still adorable.
I really loved the representation of Taylor’s anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety, it’s not always easy to find books that accurately represent what it feels like to have an anxiety disorder, and I really related to Taylor feeling completely overwhelmed and having sensory overloads being in such a crowded place. I loved that her anxiety and Autism played into the story and weren’t treated as something shameful.
I also loved that these characters were diverse! The book had characters who were asian, overweight, bisexual, had shaved heads, weren’t traditionally “perfect” looking (as is the case in many YA books), and I loved that. There were a ton of references to fandoms (even some that I’m a part of, which was so fun to read!), and I loved that the “nerd culture” of attending cons and conventions was celebrated in this book.
Overall, I completely loved the book and could not put it down! It was a perfect light summer read, and was a 5 star read for me! I can’t wait to see what else Jen Wilde comes out with!
Taylor is also Autistic as well as the author making this novel #ownvoices.
I absolutely LOVED the bisexual representation of a Chinese American girl from Australia and her first relationship with a girl. Applause!! The two romances captured in this novel were executed great & not too much.
However, I did devour the heck out of this book and loved everything about it...It was in fact very predictable where I predicted almost everything that was going to happen. This is definitely a "dream convention" where mostly all of the characters wishes come true. Plus some drama added.
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This is a super easy ready that allows you to geek out with some of your own nerdy fandoms.Read more