Queens of geek

by Jen Wilde

Paper Book, 2017

Description

Three friends go to a convention and find love--and themselves. Australian friends Charlie, Taylor and Jamie are in San Diego for their first ever "SupaCon." Charlie likes to stand out. She's a vlogger/actress promoting her first movie, 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's 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. When she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.… (more)

Status

Available

Call number

823/.92[Fic]

Publication

New York, N.Y. : Swoon Reads, 2017.

Collection

User reviews

LibraryThing member kerribrary
Yet another fandom book that I'm so glad exists! This was a lot of fun to read, and I totally identify with Taylor in a lot of ways. I sort of stumbled across this book and I'm so glad I did.
LibraryThing member oddandbookish
So I can’t decide whether to give this 3.5 or 4 stars, so I’ll just stick with 4 because overall I did like it.

The best way to describe how i felt about this book is with a list.

What I liked:
-The diversity! I loved seeing a bisexual character done correctly. I also loved that Charlie was Asian.
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Taylor being autistic was also a nice addition and something you hardly ever see.
-Charlie’s love story. It was super cute
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LibraryThing member Tiffy_Reads
I absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. My inner geek loved it so much!!
LibraryThing member bragan
Charlie is a 19-year-old with a successful YouTube channel who's also recently starred in an indie zombie film that's achieved unexpected mainstream popularity. When that gets her invited as a guest at Comicon -- er, excuse me, SupaCon -- she is delighted, and so are her equally geeky BBFs, Taylor
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and Jamie, who get to join her. It's not all happy, geeky fun, though, as Taylor has to deal with her social anxiety and Charlie with being forced to do events with her douchey ex-boyfriend co-star in front of a public who are far too invested in them as a couple. But in the end, Charlie finds a new chance for love with a fellow vlogger/actress, while Taylor and Jamie may finally find themselves motivated to act on the attraction they've had to each other for ages.

It's a very sweet, pleasant, quick-reading story. I do have a nitpick or two with it... I mean, am I the only person who thinks telling someone you've just met that you've wanted to kiss them for a year because you've been watching them on YouTube is just a little creepy? Or at least a little uncomfortable? And I did find myself thinking from time to time that the author was perhaps trying just a little too hard to Address Important Issues, mostly involving feminist ideas, diversity, and the importance of accepting yourself and others. I have to say, characters lecturing each other about issues tends to make me cringe a little, even when I agree with them. In this case, though, I think that overall it actually works. I could honestly believe these characters saying these things to one another, rather than seeing their speeches as being solely the author talking to the reader. And it's really all just wonderfully good-hearted and affirming.

Ultimately, I enjoyed it, a lot more than I expected to. In one respect, I'm really not the target demographic for this, as it's been a very long time since I was a teenager, and I wasn't really a fan of teen romance even when I was. On the other hand, though, I am, always have been, and always will be very much the geeky fangirl, and on that level, reading this was... Well, it was weird, actually. When I was young, people did not write sweet love stories about people like me, and they certainly didn't get them published. If you were the sort of person who, say, went to Star Trek conventions (as I sometimes did), the world at large, if they thought about you at all, tended to regard you with some combination of mockery and bafflement. And if you were a woman who was into stuff like that, you were effectively invisible, unless maybe you were wearing the Slave Leia outfit. That last thing is actually still a little too true, but the world has changed a lot when it comes to nerds and geeks and how they're depicted, with geek culture now seeping into the mainstream in ways that I honestly find disconcerting. And, given all that, I can't help wondering how much it might have meant to me as a young teen, with all my isolation and social awkwardness and self-image problems, to have been able to read something like this, something telling me, "I see you. You are okay. And you are worthy of love." The situation with youngsters today is very different, of course, if only because they can connect to each other on the internet and never have to be alone in quite the same way I was. But maybe they still need this sort of thing once in a while, too. Especially the ones who, for one reason or other, still feel isolated and different.
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LibraryThing member kerribrary
Yet another fandom book that I'm so glad exists! This was a lot of fun to read, and I totally identify with Taylor in a lot of ways. I sort of stumbled across this book and I'm so glad I did.
LibraryThing member Swibells
*A Bible for the geeks and the socially awkward*

Queens Of Geek was a beautiful, heart-touching story about us.


Yes, you read that right. It was a story about us, the geeks, the bookworms, the fandom queens and kings. All of us.


Queens Of Geek follows the three best friends, Taylor, Charlie and
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Jamie on their visit to the SupaCon.


The story is not just another Young Adult book. It deals with topics ranging from bisexuality to social anxiety, standing up for yourself and for those you care about.


Queens Of Geek was raw, beautiful and honest.
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LibraryThing member SumisBooks
Such a cute book!
SupaCon!!!! Three friends travel from Melbourne, Australia to an L A comic convention. In the three days of adventure through the convention, all three of them find love in the most unforeseen places. 💘
This book is so adorable! Although it only spans the time of 3 days, it is
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perfectly written and keeps you flipping through the pages from beginning to end. The characters are not just a little relatable. I think most people would be able to see themselves in these characters.
The author gives us a great look at three young people who live in today's society of never-ending social media surrounding the world of fandemonium. The book is written from two perspectives: one in the spotlight and one in the shadows. Both are brilliantly written!
The fandom movie, book and comic references are a perfect addition for anyone who lives in the geek world. I found myself naming off the references right along with the characters in the book!
I enjoyed this book so much. I found myself feeling for the characters as well as relating to them. I found myself cheering them on and carrying on with them through their triumphs. This book was just so great and light-hearted and intriguing and funny. The perfect addition to any fangirl's library!
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! I especially would recommend this book to my fellow fangirls! Power to the fans ladies! We are all queens of geek!
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LibraryThing member Letora
For friends Taylor, Charlie and Jamie LA's SupaCon has been the dream. Full of comic books, cosplaying, video games and more, they're about to begin an epic quest into geekdom.

Jen Wilde has created a cast of characters that will hit home for many people. Taylor is a girl with high social anxiety.
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Part of this comes from being on the Autism spectrum. She doesn't feel as if she fits in with the world, and as much as she wants to enjoy SupaCon, it also terrifies her. But she is determined to meet the author of the Queen Firestone books. A series that helped her through growing up with social anxiety. Cosplaying as the queen herself, Taylor enters SupaCon hoping to turn her life around and find the courage she wants to be able to go to college in LA and live out her dreams of being a writer.

Charlie is a YouTuber and actress from the movie The Rising. Invited to SupaCon by the studio, she's doing her best to immerse herself into the geekiness of SupaCon and overcome her bad break up with co-star Reese. But popularity comes with a price and she is struggling to accept her personal life being the talk of the internet. Especially when Reese shows up to participate in The Rising panels and refuses to leave her alone in front of the cameras and adoring fans.

I don't do love stories. It's what I tell everyone when they suggest books to me, but Queens of Geek slipped past my filter because of the promise of intense geek out moments. Let me tell you, I was not let down. Pop culture and geeky references are in nearly every chapter of this book, and so well embedded that they just go with the flow of the story. I loved it!

And this book is about so much more than love. It's about overcoming personal challenges. Each character has their own set of insecurities that they have to fight through in order to enjoy the convention and eventually find the love they deserve. But rest assured it isn't sappy, or overdramatic. This is a fun and humorous read that will take you through what it's like to be at a convention, and all the emotions that roll with it.
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LibraryThing member Letora
For friends Taylor, Charlie and Jamie LA's SupaCon has been the dream. Full of comic books, cosplaying, video games and more, they're about to begin an epic quest into geekdom.

Jen Wilde has created a cast of characters that will hit home for many people. Taylor is a girl with high social anxiety.
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Part of this comes from being on the Autism spectrum. She doesn't feel as if she fits in with the world, and as much as she wants to enjoy SupaCon, it also terrifies her. But she is determined to meet the author of the Queen Firestone books. A series that helped her through growing up with social anxiety. Cosplaying as the queen herself, Taylor enters SupaCon hoping to turn her life around and find the courage she wants to be able to go to college in LA and live out her dreams of being a writer.

Charlie is a YouTuber and actress from the movie The Rising. Invited to SupaCon by the studio, she's doing her best to immerse herself into the geekiness of SupaCon and overcome her bad break up with co-star Reese. But popularity comes with a price and she is struggling to accept her personal life being the talk of the internet. Especially when Reese shows up to participate in The Rising panels and refuses to leave her alone in front of the cameras and adoring fans.

I don't do love stories. It's what I tell everyone when they suggest books to me, but Queens of Geek slipped past my filter because of the promise of intense geek out moments. Let me tell you, I was not let down. Pop culture and geeky references are in nearly every chapter of this book, and so well embedded that they just go with the flow of the story. I loved it!

And this book is about so much more than love. It's about overcoming personal challenges. Each character has their own set of insecurities that they have to fight through in order to enjoy the convention and eventually find the love they deserve. But rest assured it isn't sappy, or overdramatic. This is a fun and humorous read that will take you through what it's like to be at a convention, and all the emotions that roll with it.
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LibraryThing member Chris.Bulin
This was better than I expected. It was SO NICE to have an openly bi POV character. Some of it was a trite, yes, but I wanted to keep reading. I am excited to see more from Jen Wilde.
LibraryThing member reader1009
teen/adult fiction; youtube fandom & conventions, diverse/LGBTQA romance (one of the main characters identifies as bisexual, another character deals with severe social anxiety and happens to have Asperger's). A quick read and a pleasingly diverse cast.
LibraryThing member kevn57
This was a really fun book, what made it especially good is that it follows two characters throughout the two stories couldn't be about more dissimilar characters. One is a up and coming actress and the other a socially awkward nerd who happens to be her best friend and the adventures that get up
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to at comic con.
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LibraryThing member kerribrary
Yet another fandom book that I'm so glad exists! This was a lot of fun to read, and I totally identify with Taylor in a lot of ways. I sort of stumbled across this book and I'm so glad I did.

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Original publication date

2017

ISBN

1250111390 / 9781250111395
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