Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese 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.
‘Queen of Geeks’ is a cute and sweet story about the awesome experience of being a nerd falling in love for the first time. It’s a great fluffy read that you can consume in one sitting if you ever need a pick-me-up – it’s comedic and exposes the inner workings of the nerd life.
Taylor is an unapologetic geek who is obsessed with the Queen Firestone books and movies and when she attends her first Supercon (I imagined a version close to San Diego’s Comic-Con), she cannot wait the meet Skyler Atkins. With her, of course, is her two best friends Jamie (who she is secretly in love with) and also Charlie (an internet famous vlogger). Whilst I love being a geek and a weirdo in my own way, I sort of found this story very cringe-y. Taylor and Jamie’s flirting and teasing made me feel like an awkward third wheel who had no clue about their inside jokes. It was like I watching their PDA right in front of me and I 100% wanted to jump inside the book and yell STOP JUST CONFESS YOUR LOVE ALREADY. Charlies voices some of my annoyance but fortunately, she isn’t physically around them because being an internet superstar is BUSY.
This book is very dramatic in the way that everyone’s personal lives are turned on way up on HIGH. Charlie is on the edge of yelling at her ex-boyfriend who 1) broke her heart and 2) she must remain nice to because her producers tell her so whilst also 3) meeting and falling in love with her role model (another internet superstar – surprise), Alyssa Huntington. Firstly, LOL these names – Skyler Atkins and ALyssa Huntington – they are popular culture icon names like turned up which I found hilarious. Imagine me snickering every time their names came up. Furthermore, Taylor is experiencing an emotional rollercoaster as she misses out on meeting her role model, is pining after her best friend and is also trying to overcome social anxiety in order to enter a cosplay competition. See what I mean about a lot of things happening simultaneously? In addition, this all occurs within the span of a weekend. Dude, I wish my weekends were this eventful so you can understand why I found this book plausible as many events occur unrealistically and new relationships develop very, very quickly. One minute Charlie and Alyssa are meeting for the first time the next, they’re kissing like woaaahh, wait for me to catch up. I appreciated Taylor and Jamie’s slower relationship but man, the PDA was cringe-y.
Despite all my unneeded fussiness about the realistic nature of the book’s plot, this book was certainly entertaining. It was refreshing to have an Asian main character because THERE ARE NEVER ANY ASIAN CHARACTERS AND IT’S FRUSTRATING so I liked reading about her. Charlies voices some of the racial struggles she’s undergone but because this book is inherently quite light-hearted, it lacked depth. Taylor’s social anxiety was delved into much more deeper which was great, though I would’ve liked depth on both parts.
All in all, a very cheerful and bubbly story about two best friends overcoming their fears and problems during a very eventful and surely, memorable weekend.