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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

August 11, 2020
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I devoured this book in a day.

I couldn't get enough of it and all the squee-worthy cuteness. For the most part, I read this on my breaks at work and found it genuinely hard to put down when I had to get back to work. It's been a very long time since I've read a book so quickly and/or found it so difficult to put down.

I liked the sound of the premise when I first added this book to my shelves but wasn't sure if it was going to be something I loved when I then added it to my July TBR. I got distinct Once Upon a Con (Ashley Poston's series) vibes from the off and knew I was going to love it. There's the perfect blend of real pop culture and invented pop culture that after the book was finished I wanted to find the Queen Firestone books they felt so real. Not only that but the joy Jen Wilde conveyed in their fandom was so sweet, it just makes you want to be a part of it.

I'd like to note that Queens of Geek is an own voices novel for the Bisexuality, Asperger's and Anxiety rep. There is also a Chinese-Australian character, a plus-size character, and a Hispanic character. Diversity everywhereeee and we love to see it.

Whilst at the crux of it this is a super fun sweet love story following two couples there are also a lot of heavy topics discussed. From dealing with a severe anxiety disorder to bi-phobia and fat-shaming, which are only a handful of the things brought up.

I loved that the characters were that little bit older, just about to enter college/university. I'm twenty-three but still felt like I could relate to certain things these eighteen-year-old characters were experiencing. I will always read YA and enjoy it but I do like when a book starts to creep into adult age ranges.

The trio we follow in this book, Taylor, Charlie and Jamie are just a joy. They're all vastly different from one another and I enjoyed how comfortable Jamie was being surrounded by his girl friends. He's geeky, yet sweet and soft but will still stand up for his friends. The definition of a cinnamon roll. His relationship with Taylor was my favourite just because I love a good slow burn, friends/lovers plot. I still really liked Charlie's dynamic with Alyssa and the brief glimpse of a YouTubers life.

All in all a wonderful, inclusive, fuzzy feeling inducing novel.

10/10 would suggest you read immediately.

INFO

Name: Queens of Geek

Author: Jen Wilde

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Pages: 288

ISBN: 978-1-250-11139-5

Rating: 5/5

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Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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