Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
Source: NetGalley, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
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, Jason 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.
4 of 5 Stars
I went into this story hopeful but skeptical. I can’t remember exactly what drew me to it, but when it came time to read it I hesitated. I’m not a big fan of romance or contemporary fiction so I was doubting my previous choices pretty heavily. Once I started reading I started enjoying the characters. It wasn’t a head over heels thing, but it was fun and light and a good break from the other books I’ve been reading recently. As the story progressed I just liked it more and more. Each chapter alternates perspective between Charlie and Taylor which was nice. We were able to see quite a few different perspectives of the two romantic situations happening and it gave the reader details they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
I connected most with Taylor because she struggles with social anxiety and a lot of self doubt. There are some amazing passages sprinkled all through her chapters that really spoke to me. Jamie is just about the perfect boy ever. He’s cute, funny, geeky, and completely understanding of her struggles. I didn’t connect with Charlie as much personally but I still really liked her. I found myself imagining having her as a best friend, perhaps even entering this world as Taylor and taking part in it! As I said before, I’m not a fan of romance usually but this book was just worked for me, magically.
I’ve come to realize after reading this book that sometimes I need a wonderful, happy, teary, happy ending book. While each character goes through some really rough emotions and personal growth, this book wraps up very neatly. It’s the slightly more realistic version of “and they lived hapily ever after.” Usually, these types of endings turn me off, I want something to mull over or questions left unanswered. I didn’t really get either of those things but I did get a very happy glowy feeling after the last page that has lasted for hours now. Even if you aren’t a fan of romance you might just like this book!