Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde @MacmillanAus

Queens of Geek

Series : N/A

Publisher : Swoon Reads

Source : Publisher

Release Date : April 26th 2017

 

synopsis

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 favourite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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review

Queens of Geek, is the sort of cute own voice contemporary I wished  that was around when I was a teenager.   It  is a celebration  being your self and embracing the uniqueness  that makes you who you are. It the sort of the story that leaves  you with a  big smile on your face. As everyone can relate to this novel on some level  thanks to Wilde.

Freaking out aka fangirling/fanboying  and   being amongst your own people and find connections. We all share the same pure excitement and joy. And Wilde bottles it up perfectly in this novel .

Queen of Geeks, captures  perfectly   a pop expo convention from three best friends  as they navigate the course of the expo  and embraces the highs and the downs .

Taylor, Jamie and Charlie have been waiting for this day and the Expo is all their dreams come true in different ways.
In each of the POV of the girls  we get to know the trio as they  navigate their way through the expo and deal with the situations and experiences it brings.  From Taylor dealing being over crowded to Charlie dealing with her sexuality  and how it affecting her life and career. These girls didn’t mince words. They both provide a raw honest frank views of things.  They didn’t hold back and whilst it was cute at times , it was also deep and confronting about anxiety and sexuality.

 

Whilst  described as cute and fluffy, it more then just that  . I loved this was so natural and organic and deal with diversity , it  is a game changed without being in your face. Wilde has done justice to underrepresented community in YA. Setting in her story at pop culture expo was a genius as the things were able to work without being unnatural. A youtuber, a girl with social anxiety and on the Aspergers spectrum could find their own place to belong as individuals  yet belong together amongst their people .

This isn’t not another story of friendship it so much more then  another friendship story thought that has its role in the story.

With the  loveozya movement really hitting its stride in the last couple of years. We get beautiful gorgeous books like this one. Ones that changed the dynamics of the community and give voices to those unheard  and allows own voices authors like Wilde shine.  I love this  multi-faceted diversity own novel and honestly it even better then it sounded. It easily become one of my favourite contemporary novels and a must read for anyone who love a good written novel . As this far from the typical norm  and just embrace it.    A debut that definitely needs to be on your radar as this still hasn’t got the attention or the praise yet I think it deserves.

 

 

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