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Queens of Geek

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  9,078 ratings  ·  2,374 reviews
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 c
Paperback, 1st, 262 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Emma Giordano
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars (but it gets a 5/5 for cuteness)! I really really enjoyed this book! I’m hoping to film a full, indepth review for my YouTube channel, but for now, here’s a quick list of reasons to read Queens of Geek:
-Geeky convention setting!!!
-Chinese-Australian Bisexual main character
-Black wlw love interest
-Plus size main character with Asperger’s and dealing with an anxiety disorder
-Hispanic love interest
-Confronts really important issues like bi
Emily May
“History and experience have proven to me that it’s very hard for people to understand, and all too easy for them to judge.”

I really loved what this book did, but I just wish there was more of a story.

Queens of Geek appealed to me immediately the very moment I saw all that pink hair and read the blurb. I am a convention girl - I love them. I've made my way through various ComicCons in the UK and US, stood in line waiting to meet the people I admire, planning all the cool things I will say, a
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I think my expectations were just too high with this one. It did a great job in terms of representation, diversity and addressing some very prevalent social justice issues. However I think the story itself was kind of lacklustre. The writing was definitely average, the dialogue even falling on the below average side. I felt like what really made it stand out to me was its diversity and the incorporation of fan culture through the convention setting. Other than that it was just an average read. I ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“You’ve never been in anyone’s shadow. You are your own light source.”

Twelve reasons why I became totally smitten with Queens of Geek:

1. Set around SupaCon, we follow three lively best friends attending the convention: Charlie Liang, a Chinese-Australian actor with gorgeous pink hair. Pro fangirl Taylor, who has autism spectrum disorder and deals with anxiety. And “Flirty McFlirtersons” Jamie who's one of the kindest and also “got the whole Peter Parker thing down to a tee, right down to the
✨    jami   ✨
“Besides, there's no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don't need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that's an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI Agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen--or both at the same time."

I honestly hate myself because I put off reading this book for so long for no real reason and I have so much regret. Because this was everything I was expecting and so much more. And I wish I had read it so
Drcong O '
Queens of Geek is a perfect example of a brilliant idea, but poor execution. Honestly this book's got it all: perfect anxiety rep, body rep, bisexual!! rep, geeky kids, people of color!! and the whole supacon thing. But reading about all of this would have been perfect if the writing didn't feel so?? immature and monotonous.

●Charlie is an Asian-Australian bisexual vlogger and an upcoming actress who USES THE WORD BISEXUAL!!!!!, with pink hair and recently left a relationship with a small minded
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart has bursted several times and I am in love with this book! Wow! It's exactly what I needed to read.

I don't know how to review this - and tbh I feel like this every time - but when a book has a special place in your heart because of how much you connected to it, it makes it that much more difficult.

I love that this was set at a convention. It made me geekish heart explode! I related to Taylor on so many levels! Her anxiety, her constant fear of going into the unknown. To see her inner di
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sapphic-read
This is exactly the kind of book I have been needing. I feel as if Jen took every important part of my identity and created this book solely for me. Not only was this such a fun read, but it also had wonderful discussions about important topics. The characters felt so real that at times I felt like I was reading about my own friends.

The story follows two friends as they travel from Australia to the USA, to attend SupaCon:
-Charlie, a youtube star who recently starred in her first film and ended
may ➹
- follows a group of Australian friends while they’re at SupaCon, a big convention for lots of geeky stuff. ft. friendships, romance, and having Epiphanies about Important Things in 3 days’ time!
- very nice representation! Chinese-Australian bi girl, fat autistic girl with anxiety, Black lesbian love interest, Latinx love interest!!
- generally fun and entertaining to read, especially since I just wanted a quick contemporary to binge, and I thought both of the romances were cute
- lots of great me
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anxiety
THIS WAS SO GREAT. Also the perfect book to read during Vidcon!
prag ♻
I am completely in love with the concept of this book — I just don’t buy the execution completely.

Jen Wilde weaves in important themes: body-shaming, racism, sexism and equality. But the book became too caught up in being important, and it forgot to be real.

“Besides, there's no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don't need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that's an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI Agent or a funny, go
hey, question: why can't almost-good things just be good already?????

this book is sooooooo almost good. it's a great concept! no, ok, it isn't. it's a fine concept with so much amazing diversity and representation (bi rep! autism rep! anxiety rep! people of color!) that you wish you could like it more than ANYTHING but you just can't. for reasons i shall enumerate Right Now, under one extremely catchy and all-encompassing subheading.

This Is Fanfiction For Fictional Characters
- takes place at a
Danika at The Lesbrary
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oops, I accidentally read this in a day.

This is so, so good. I mean:

- fat, geeky, anxious aspie protagonist discovering her own amazingness
- Chinese-Australian bisexual protagonist reaffirming her amazingness
- adorable friends-to-lovers romance (with a guy who is supportive and kind—not like Charlie's toxic masculinity-poisoned ex)
- adorable F/F romance between two vloggers who are both fans of each other
- takes place entirely at a convention!!
- love letter to fandom
- (though also acknowledging
Elle (ellexamines)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars. To get my bitter self out of the way and get into the gushing: Queens of Geek is very short. Short books often end up being a little forgettable; without room for a long character arc, they've got to be super emotional. I tend to enjoy short books only when they pack a punch. This book was just not impactful enough to justify such a short and lowkey underdeveloped story.

Don't get me wrong, though– this was a very cute story. We follow two girls, Charlie and Taylor,
sofia (sam willows)
So here I am, writing this review, right after I finished Queens Of Geek. I have no idea what to say that compares to how awesome, nerdy, awkward and adorkable this book is.

This book should have way more recognicion and hype than it already has, please help spread the word about this beautiful piece of art.

Queens Of Geek is narrated by two girls. One of them is Charlie, a Chinese-Australian bisexual 18 year-old who is a Youtube star and has recently starred in her first movie. We also have one
✨Bean's Books✨
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 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.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In terms of representation, this book gets 5/5 stars from me. I personally found all of the descriptions of bisexuality to be SPOT ON and it made me so happy to see a main character share feelings similar to how I felt when I first figured out that I was bi. And the amazing representation didn't stop there! This book was so great. The only reason I'm taking off a star is because I did find it a bit too cheesy at times, but I still ultimately loved this so much. It was just sooo fun ...more
monica kim
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I related to this book on such a deep level - and not just because the MC and I are both asians with pink hair who have youtube channels haha. I love the relationships and characters in this book. I loved the setting, and the plot was fun and light but had real heart to it. The dialogue was sometimes a bit stilted, so I'd give it 4.5 stars, but overall I 100% recommend this! ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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As you may or may not know, I went to my first convention ever last year. Fanime Con in San Jose, CA. Ever since I was young, I've always been really into anime, comic books, and science-fiction-fantasy. Even before it was cool to do so. Going to a con was one of my life goals, but I used to be really shy when I was younger, so I didn't go in my teens or early twenties because the thought of being in a large crowd, alone, was way too sc
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

SWOONS. SQUEALS. SCREAMS. AAAAH ALL THE HEART EYES AND LOVE TO THIS BOOK. Lo and behold, this is my first 5 stars rated fiction book of the year, so it’s something to celebrate. I’m completely and irrevocably in love with this book, the characters, their romances, the issues it discusses. It does everything right. It’s an #Ownvoic
Mary Books and Cookies
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

* Fun, easy to read, funny, witty
* Holy diverse cast, Batman! Characters who are racially diverse, body type diverse, one of the MCs is autistic and the other one is bisexual
* So many pop culture nods (including Tumblr, which was such a fun surprise) - the entire book takes place at a convention similar to Comic Con
* Characters that are romantically interested in each other actually communicate their feelings and talk them over, instead of having unnecessary drama over not talking
* Jus
Vee S
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't know the last time I so thoroughly enjoyed a book. This had a fantastic bisexual woc (who falls for another woc!) and a fantastic autistic girl who has anxiety and has the most adorable romance. They were both baes as were their love interests and I just want to be BFFs with all of them.

This book encapsulates all the best and most affirming aspects of fandom. It's so true to my experience, and the experiences of many others. Plus it's INCREDIBY current. There are references to Orphan Bl
I can see why this book is important; bisexual rep and autism spectrum rep. I was beyond excited for autism representation due to one of my cousins being autistic, so any book that represents him correctly makes me excited. Queens of Geek did do that. It also had great bisexual representation. However, I wasn't feeling this book. I couldn't connect to the character. I wasn't feeling excited over events and situations. It just fell flat for me, unfortunately.

Full review to come.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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. Taylor being autistic was also a nice addition and something you hardly ever see.
-Charlie’s love story. It was super cute <3 Alyssa knows how to take a girl out on a date.
-The fandom references, especial
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I have a little reservation with Queens of Geek, Swoon Reads is usually a hit or miss for me. Though, the cover and synopsis alone has been hypnotizing me. I’m glad I followed my instinct because this book is all shades of amazing.

When I picked it up, I didn’t expect it would have intersectionality. This is not your bare minimum attempt at diversity. The story follows best-friends Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie as they attend a comic con. It was told from the shifting perspective of Charlie and Tay
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

2. Actual Review:

3.5 stars

Disclaimer: I like to rate books for what they are. When I see a YA contemporary with a pink cover and under 300 pages, I more or less know what I'm getting myself into. Yes, it's too short and yes, it's no literary masterpiece but it is as sweet and fluffy as cotton candy. Also, it sweetened my over 3 hour long doctor’s appointment today. So yay.

A few thoughts:

1. The Characters
The diversity was amazing. We have bisexual, autistic, gay, PO
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
YouTube sensation Charlie recently starred in a movie that has seen more success than anyone thought. After a public breakup with her costar Reese, she’s determined to show the world she’s moved on. The perfect place to do this is at SupaCon – a convention where she’ll be a guest meeting fans, but also where she can escape the real world for a while. Shortly after arriving, she meets Alyssa, a fellow YouTube star, who she might have a crush on…it seems the crush may not be one sided either.

Mel (Epic Reading)
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Cute, cute, cute!!!
That's really the best description for Queens of Geek. This book is funny, heartfelt, adorable and genuine. The story resonates with me and I wish I had had this to read as a teenager. Not only is there lots of talk about coping with anxiety, but there are also moments discussing self esteem. These are two major issues I had as a teen and still have today even at the age of 34.

This book does a wonderful job at showing that everyone gets nervous, anxious and self conscious. Wh
I just want to make one thing clear : I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN MUCH.

Well, now that that's settled, let's try to write something decent - and trust it's going to be hard because I have so many feels right now.
The book itself is divided into two povs, so I guess I will start with talking about both Charlie and Taylor.

#1 C H A R L I E

Charlie is my Queen. Simple as that.
She's had a few rough months : her asshole of ex boyfriend cheated on her, she's been publicly shamed, and then spent six months t
Lucy Powrie
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, dnf, lgbt
DNF'd at about 100 pages in.

The first thing that annoyed me was the characters. If you aged them up 10 or 15 years, there would be no difference. They didn't act like teenagers, didn't speak like teenagers. As a teen myself, I could not relate to them at all.

Second of all, THE PLOT. Or, lack of it. Where was the plot? There were two romances blooming but, to be honest, I was so bored by that point that I did not care one bit. Those romances were not enough to hold the rest of the book together
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Jen Wilde (she/they) is the queer, disabled author of QUEENS OF GEEK, THE BRIGHTSIDERS and GOING OFF SCRIPT.

They write unapologetically queer stories about unlikely heroes, awkward romantics and chosen families. Jen’s books have been praised in Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, Vulture and Bustle. Their debut, QUEENS OF GEEK, made the 2018 Rainbow Book List and the Amelia Bloomer List.


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