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.
I could just quote this entire book, nearly every line had me either laughing or crying, it’s just so beautiful. But I can’t quote an entire book, this is a review not spark notes. So here is the condensed version and why this book is going to be your favourite of the year.
Queens of Geek is the story of Charlie and Taylor two aussie girls (from Melbourne! home town represent) in America for super con. Charlie scored tickets from her YouTube success and her up and coming movie, Taylor is here to support her best friend and meet her hero: the Author of Firestone.
This book has all the references a pop culture fanatic could want (ie. Me), from Charlie and Jamie playing a game where they slip in movie references and see who picks up on it to all the panels and talk of books and comics.
He swallows. “Speak for yourself. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” “Anchorman,” I say with a half smile. “That’s 5–4.” He furrows his brow. “Nuh-uh. We’re even now. 4–4.”
Not only are there talks of seeing the cast of Vampire Diaries BUT there is tumblr, blogging, vlogging, YOUTUBERS COLABING, shipping (oh man all the ships) Amazing beautiful friendship that isn’t only female but awesome girl boy friendship, a real romance awakening, and new love being discovered.
Over three days at this con the characters grow and change all for the better, it just made my heart sing.
Oh another thing this is dual narrated by Charlie an Asian Australian who is bi and Taylor who has ASD, yes a character on the spectrum who is portrayed so well and just made me cry from happiness!!
Seriously the Autism and anxiety rep in this book made my heart so happy and I teared up so much from happiness.
Have you ever read a book that just got you? That grabbed all your thoughts and feeling capturing them perfectly? I felt this with Queens of Geek and I will be re-reading this amazing book so many times.
There was no one moment that had me falling in love with Taylor but all of them put together, this kickass girl is going to stay with me for a long time:
I’m a perfectly normal Aspie girl. I just feel broken because I’m trying to fit into a nonautistic world. I’m a square peg trying to squeeze myself into a round hole.
Fuck that shit. To the girl who hid in the shadows and tried to body-shame me, I’m sorry you thought that was a good use of your time and energy. I hope you find happiness within yourself. You deserve that. We all do.
If I could buy everyone a book this would be it. We need a million more stories like this and I am so lucky to receive a free review copy from Netgalley and the publishers I’ve already pre-ordered a physical copy! More girls kissing please, I want more cute dates and girl kissing, more friendship to love romances, more aspie girls rocking it, more nerdy pop culture.
ALL THE STARS/5
Wattpad is where everything started for me. When I first wanted to try writing fiction in 2012, that’s where I uploaded my first story. I found a great community there and the encouragement I received motivated me to keep writing. So it was a natural decision for me to publish Queens of Geek there as well as on Swoon Reads.
What is your opinion on the influence of fanfiction in fandom culture?
I love it! I think it’s awesome that people become so devoted and involved in a fandom that they are moved to create art from it. It’s an amazing way to connect with other fans, make new friends, and hone your own writing skills. Plus, seeing how fans and fan fiction can go mainstream or even influence the direction of a tv show is amazing to me.
Do you see yourself in any of the Queens of Geek characters?
Absolutely. While there is a little of me in all my characters, I especially relate to Taylor. Being autistic and anxious myself, a lot of what Tay thinks, feels and experiences are based on me and my life. The moments where she talks about her anxiety were very cathartic for me to write, and I’ve been so touched to find out that so many readers relate to her too.
Thank you so much for Netgalley and the publishers for allowing me an arc and Macmillan for letting me join in on the blog tour and help promote this truly amazing book.