2 Feb 2018

#ARCReview: QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wilde


Author: Jen Wilde
Series: N/A
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Rating: 3/5 stars

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 by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacts my opinions.

This was a good novel but I did have some issues with it. I thought it was really interesting for it to take place over the course of a weekend at a Con, but every character was too perfect. I wish there had been a bit more conflict or problems in general or that someone dealt with something a little poorly? It just felt as though this was a utopic world where no one could do anything wrong and that's not true.

I did like the characters. I was glad there was a dual POV in this that showed us both of the relationships but I do wish I had seen Jamie's perspective to understand his thoughts on it. It was great to have a bisexual main character and an autistic main character. But some of the monologues were long and felt a little preachy.

Speaking of... Why is every Jamie character in every book a male. I wanted this to be a double dose of f/f relationships but no I was disappointed. Because Jamie was a male. 

Overall though, it had a good message and good characters. But again, the characters were too perfect. Everything they said and did was PERFECT. It took me out of the story because it just wasn't realistic.

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