Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published March 1, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: Pan Macmillan AU
Rating: 2 stars
From the blurb: 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.
I am always keen to read new Aussie YA and was excited to read Jen Wilde's debut novel, Queens of Geek. Typically I like to read a book within 1-3 days. 5-8 days is a long time for me to spend on a book. But this book has taken me 3 weeks. I don't blame the book entirely as I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump, something I haven't experienced in a while. But, at the same time, I just haven't wanted to pick up this book and continue the story. I have carried it in my bag, sat it on my bedside table, and still I ignored it.
I think the premise is wonderful, three best friends, all heavily involved in fandom life and social media, travel to a convention in America. They are supportive, loyal, caring, and sweet. There's plenty of diversity when it comes to race, sexuality, and mental health, and it's all dealt with really well.
But, there's not a lot going on in the story and I didn't fully connect with the characters. There's a bit of drama, nothing too over the top, but also plenty of communication and resolution.
I think this book will be perfect for a lot of readers, so many people will see themselves in the main characters and fall in love with their story. So I still recommend this to all fans of YA books.
Ableist language: fool, idiot.
Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the ARC.