Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult, Convention, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pub Date: March 14, 2017
My Copy: Trade Paperback that comes from my Too Be Read Pile
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.
Just a plain fun book to read. I like that this book was about a convention and everything that happens at a convention. I really like how this book took a lot of different twists and turns. You get to really know these three friends as their lives take on very different turns during this Convention which they have been so excited.
For Charlie, things are a bit more intense as she is trying to come to terms after her breakup with her co-star, Reese. Reese comes across as a real jerk. He really doesn’t feel sorry for all the hell he put her through with his cheating and the way he cheated on her in public. Plus what makes it worse is that they have to promote The Rising, their zombie movie at Supacon. Of course things happen that she can’t prepare for.
Yet for Taylor, it’s a chance to get out of her comfort zone. She learns that there is cosplay contest for Queen Firestone. There is also some chemistry between her and her friend Jamie. Taylor meets a girl who convinces her to try for the cosplay contest. I really like this friendship and how Taylor agrees to do it. She really does have a great cosplay costume. The winner of this cosplay gets to meet Skylar, who is the actress that play Queen Firestone. I like how the element of Cosplay is portrayed in this book, since Cosplay has become a big part of going to trade shows and convention.
I really found myself liking the relationships and friendship that happens and how people change and grow in different ways. Charlie finds herself getting closer to Alyssa, the you tuber that she has always liked and how she inspired her to get into acting. Also the fact that there’s an attraction that happens between them. I thought that this was an interesting development for her to have, since her career is tied up with her ex. So this could be seen as a detriment. The promotion for her movie and the upcoming series is really interesting. I think this speaks volumes about how committed she is to her career, but doesn’t really want to deal with Reese.
Reese is a real jerk and doesn't seem to care about how Charlie feels and how he has affected the fans of the Rising. The Rising is the zombie film that they have made. They also have a group of fans which ships them heavily. Of course Charlie acts professional in public, which means she has to keep her budding friendship and relationship with Alyssa private, but things never go easy. Things happen in her life that no one can predict. Of course a kiss goes viral that no one expects. Reese and Charlie and the studio have to deal with things going bad because of the ship and the movie, but Charlie does something that no one expects. I really enjoyed how she made everyone see that there’s nothing wrong with moving on and being yourself and letting yourself having a different way of dealing with your life.
The relationship between Taylor and Jamie changes. I love how Jamie confesses their feelings for Taylor. Taylor is scared about how things will change between them. So Charlie tells Taylor not to be afraid, embrace taking a chance on someone she has always known. Of course this leads Taylor and Jamie having an honest talk. I really enjoyed this conversation. Love how this ended.
This book was a great contemporary read. I enjoyed it so much.
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