Review – Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek

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Summary:
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.

 

Review:
“No matter what happens, we’ll always have these photos. When Charlie is waking red carpets in LA, when Jamie’s photographs are hanging on gallery walls, when my stories grace the shelves or the screen – we’ll always have this. And we’ll know that right now, in this moment, we were happy. We are happy.”

Here we have a story of three friends, Charlie, Jamie and Taylor. They’re all geeks and all weird in their own ways. This story was absolutely amazing, perfect and emotional. This will honestly be my favourite book of the year.

The positives:

The friendships. Taylor, Charlie and Jamie have the most amazing friendship in the world. Honestly. They’re there for each other, they listen, they pull each other up when they’re down, they help each other. And in that they branch out and gain more friends. Taylor gains friendship in Josie and Brianna, through helping them or feeling a connection to them because they’re similar in certain ways. It makes this book so fluffy and perfect, this is a book that truly shows how friends should be.

The relationships. In this story we show the growing love between Taylor and Jamie (that, you know, has been going on forever but anyway). Their relationship, before and after it finally begins, is amazing. He listens to her. There’s a scene where she says she doesn’t feel like being touched and he immediately backs off and apologizes for any discomfort he caused. They end up learning more about each other and understanding each other. They talked and worked things out, they were a positive representation of a relationship. (Unlike another m/f relationship that had been mentioned was like). Then there’s the growing attraction and eventual relationship between Alyssa and Charlie. That really brought on a lot of problems that were talked through and helped, in order to become a great positive f/f relationship.

The diversity! Taylor is an autistic, chubby, social anxious girl! She learns to overcome fear but it’s alright to be afraid! She has aspergers and realizes it’s okay to have it and that it’s okay to change things to suit what she needs, to make things easier for herself! She makes a post about how positive she is about her body because it’s alright to be fat or chubby or overweight! She’s healthy and happy and loves her body and I love this about her!
Jamie is never specified but (and please don’t hesitate to correct me if I’m wrong or call me out) I think he’s from Mexican-American background, this is judging by his last name and the fact that he uses a couple of Spanish words throughout the book (He’s originally from Seattle so, there’s the American part, but there’s definitely a Spanish-speaking background there so whether that’s Mexico or Spain or something else entirely, there it is), he’s a person of color. And he is the best male character I’ve read in a while. He doesn’t like being macho, he doesn’t get into fights, he stands up for his friends and those he cares about. He’s an actual good, nice guy! A perfect rolemodel.
Charlie is a Chinese-Australian bisexual girl! This is said on the page too people, she literally says she’s bisexual and that she is openly and proudly bisexual. She has love and respect for her family and friends, she’s pretty badass and she overcomes some personal problems through the book which is amazing!

Honestly there wasn’t anything too majorly bad about this.
But of course nothing is 100% perfect-
The only thing that kind of ‘urked’ me was the ‘small penis comment’. It’s a really harmful comment/joke, not just for cis men but for trans men as well. Being a trans man, I have a lot of dysphoria and problems with my downstairs area and that doesn’t even begin to describe my mentality about it. I have constant fear and thoughts that I won’t be good enough or “man enough” because of a lack of a penis. Penis jokes can be harmful and this comment/joke was pretty immature to begin with but just so the author (if she happens to read this) and for anyone who does read my review, please know that this is harmful and can cause rather… depressing thoughts in one’s head. It’s taken me a while to try and ignore such comments and know that I am a man regardless of what’s down there.

Rating: 5/5

 

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