Queens of Geek – By Jen Wilde

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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Queens of Geek had a lot of hype around it, so I figured why not read it? I love geeky things, this might be the book for me.

I think this book was just not for me. I didn’t really enjoy the writing very much. I didn’t enjoy the geekery. It felt flat to me. Like someone just wrote a novel, placed it at a convention for coolness and then threw in every ”geeky” reference to try and make the book relatable.

The characters weren’t bad. Charlie was pretty cool, I loved that she was bisexual and that the book actually used the word BISEXUAL. I did enjoy the romance between her and new girlfriend, I thought it was pretty adorable.

I liked that Taylor was chubby, and had anxiety and also was neurodivergent. I wanted to like her character more, but I also felt that she was fairly flat character. I wanted her to be more than just a geek and anxious. I wanted to see more of her personality, but it just never came out. Overall though I think that Wilde did a good job of making sure she had a diverse cast.

The plot was my main problem, it’s focus is entirely on the romances going on.  And I felt like it could have been about so much more.  But in the end, I didn’t have a hard time reading the book. I liked the characters, and I thought it had a pretty adorable ending. Queens of Geek gets 3 stars from me.

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