Book: Queens Of Geek Series: Stand Alone Author: Jen Wilde Pages: 262 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Favorite Quote: “You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.” Recommendation: If you want TONS of representation and geekiness
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.
1) THE REPRESENTATION!! We have a plus sized girl with anxiety and autism, an Asian bisexual girl, a black lesbian, and an autistic girl who writes her own comic about a superhero with autism! 2) The characters were all so well written and relatable 3) The relationships were so swoon worthy 4) A quick, easy, fun read 5) SupaCon sounds awesome! So much geekiness!! :D
Features: A bisexual (Asain) woman and a lesbian
Great for: 14-16 questioning girls, but is great for all ages really. Also brilliant for anyone who suffers from anxiety
I could not put Queens of Geek down. Literally. I finished it in day, with a delighted grin plastered on my face for most of it. Taylor and Charlie and two wonderfully written main characters who I think most girls, queer or otherwise, can relate to. Taylor is very much like myself, quite shy and introverted unless she is with her closest friends, not especially body confident (although her character development with regards to this and her general confidence is genuinely inspiring) and draws a lot of her strength from the fictional characters who she loves.
Charlie, on the other hand, is the me I wish I could be. She cool, funny and pulls hot girls! Her love and understanding of Taylor and her anxiety is deeply moving, her nervousness around Alyssa, her idol and crush, is utterly charming, and her growing confidence in the public eye is as inspiring as the delicate handling of Taylor’s anxiety.
Wilde’s couples have fantastic chemistry, striking a perfect balance between showing deep understanding of one another and genuinely hot, but sweet moments of intamacy. I love that Wilde also deals with issues like body image, sexism in the media, anxiety and biphobia in subtle ways that avoids being preach-y while still getting her point across.
Both the heterosexual and homosexual relationships are equally compelling (which was a lovely surprise, as I have found that I don’t enjoy reading heterosexual couples as much after reading exclusively LGBT literature for such a long time) and the portrayal of nerd culture, as well as the genuine thrill of the fictional convention are absolutely intoxicating.
In short, Queens of Geek is a superb book that I think everyone would fall in love with, and I for one will certainly keep my eyes peeled for more of Jen Wilde’s fantastic writing.
Go read it!
The Prince and the Dressmaker is about a young 19th Century prince named Sebastian who secretly loves to wear dresses. He hires an ambitious young seamstress named Frances to make dresses for him and as their collaboration grows, so do their feelings for one another. Sebastian and Frances must find a way to balance their inner desires with the strict expectations of the royal family – or risk exposing Sebastian’s secret to the world.
The moment I first realized I’m into more than one gender was a quiet one. It was sudden and almost anticlimatic, so it’s not a particularly exciting story. I was fourteen, and by that time I’d had more than one crush on a girl, mostly movie stars. But I never interpreted my feelings as a crush; I just thought I admired them a whole lot. It didn’t occur to me that those feelings were similar to the way I felt about guys I liked.
For those of you looking for good reads that have representation of yours/other’s identities, I suggest following @thegayya on Twitter, if you can. I will also try to suggest books that I have read, every once in awhile.
Stop being the kind of
lard-ass who let her boyfriend pressure her into scarfing down onion rings.
“They’re so good,” he’d insisted. “Extra salty, really
crispy. They’re the perfect balance of light batter and onion, like tempura.
The chef brought his A-game to the deep fryer. You’ll be sorry if you don’t at
least try one.”
Whenever our squad wants to meet for dinner, I suggest a
place with a salad bar. I always eat the same thing—a blend of arugula and
romaine, shredded carrots, red cabbage, diced peppers, and celery sticks,
tossed in lemon juice, with a side of fat-free ranch dressing. If I’ve been
good, I grab a grapefruit or an apple for dessert at home.
“Besides, there’s no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI Agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen–or both at the same time.“ - Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde