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Queens of Geek Paperback – March 14, 2017
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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
"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
“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
About the Author
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, The Eva Series, reached over three million reads online. When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to faraway 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, Heisenberg.
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Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
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 Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. (via Goodreads)
I received an eARC of Queens of Geek courtesy of the publisher, Swoon Reads, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Queens of Geek was absolutely wonderful. Like, had me in tears of happiness in the empty office kind of wonderful. That is so rare that I can’t remember the last time it happened.
I also can’t remember the last time I identified with a character as much as I did with Taylor in this book. I think this is the first time I’ve ever read a character who felt so much like me, and I can’t even begin to explain what that meant. Taylor’s anxiety experience was so like my own, and it’s so rare for me to find that in fiction. Not to mention finding other women with autism, which the author is as well.
Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion.
BOY does that sound familiar. I kept picturing Queen Firestone as Pearl from Steven Universe, which I know isn’t accurate, but that’s what my brain gave me.
In an unrelated but funny note, two of my best friends from college are named Charlie and Taylor. They both cosplay, Charlie is bi, Taylor is also bi, plus sized and anxious as hell. I didn’t make the connection with the character names until after I finished the book and was recommending it…. to both of them.
We had a good giggle about that, and I’m still gonna make both of them read this book because they will love it.
Each of the characters in this novel felt intensely real to me, and for me, that’s the mark of a great novel. I hated Reece, I loved Alyssa and her forthrightness, and I adored Jamie (who also reminded me a lot of my partner.)
This book is all about girls helping girls, girls loving girls, and girls kicking ass. I honestly cannot recommend this enough if you like those things. You can preorder a copy, because it comes out in just a few days! Check out Amazon, Indiebound, or your other favorite bookseller! Queens of Geek is a five star read for me, hands down.
Also important to note is the representation included this story. Charlie is Chinese-Australian and identifies as bisexual (that is actually stated on the page, which is a pretty big deal). Taylor is on the autism spectrum and much of her narration focuses on how that, coupled with her social anxiety, affects her daily life and her experiences at SupaCon. While I cannot speak for the representation of austism, since I'm not autistic myself, the rest of the representation included in this story felt very grounded in reality. The characters' identities definitely informed their stories and their experiences, but never is the reader beaten over the head with reminders that this is a diverse book. At the same time, their identities don't get glossed over or forgotten at any point in the story, which seems to happen very frequently in YA.
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