Ahem…well…I started this book in June…
Rating: 4 stars
So..it did just take me a full 3 months to read a 300 page book…I shall go in the corner of shame and think about what I’ve done now if that’s ok…don’t mind me just completely crying over here…
What could possibly distract you from my absolute failure hmm…oh wait…
BOOKS!! LOOK IT’S A BOOK REVIEW!!!
Look at this adorable book! LOOK AT IT! It’s honestly just so CUTE it might just gave me cavities. This is the book equivalent of eating cotton candy on ice cream with sprinkles while watching adorable dog videos.
My blurb: Three best friends go to a convention and total nerdiness ensues. ALSO DIVERSITY!
In short: The characters are cinnamon rolls, the romances are sugar sweet and the setting is the most awesome thing EVER!
To sum this up into one word: ADORKABLE!
But every geeky reference and cute romance was left behind the most important aspect of it all: THE DIVERSITY!
The fact that diversity is the most prevalent theme of this book is the single most greatest thing. I adored it because it’s a story WITH diversity not ABOUT diversity. Sure it does get a bit “preachy” at times but other than that it makes diversity feel ok and accepted. It doesn’t go on the long sad and bad parts all of the time focusing instead on the good parts of life: friends that accept you and stories that help you get over things.
The dorky beans known as characters:
- Taylor : She is the biggest bookworm and loves a book series called Queen Firestone to death – so much so that she has a Tumblr where she just fangirls over books which is #reletable. She is also: a chubby girl that is on the autism spectrum and has anxiety.
- Charlie : She is a famous youtuber and film star that just got over a very public break-up. She is also: a chinese bisexual girl with pink hair. (Pink hair is the rarest most of them all kids…I have seen too much anime to know that pink hair means chosen one potential…beware the pink-haired people)
- Jamie : He was cute and funny…ughh…he’s also the rare thing that is called an extrovert *gasps in surpise* (…hahh I’m also an extrovert…*gasping intensifies*)
This book was the first time I read about an f/f romance and that’s crazy! There are so many m/m romances that I NEVER get to see woman in a happy healthy relationship. Unless they are evil or something. Which honestly…WHY IS THAT THE CASE?
(I want a lesbian protagonist that saves the world AND gets the girl at the end AND THAN lives happily ever after with 50 cats…kthx)
This was also the first book I read with a character on the autism spectrum!!! Seriously why are these so rare?! I can’t say anything about the portrayal because I have no knowledge there and I prefer to not comment unless I know my facts BUT I would have liked that part of Taylor to have been addressed more. We got a lot of honest anxiety rep which was great.
THIS WAS ALSO THE FIRST BOOK I READ THAT HAS AUSSIE PROTAGONISTS! ooo..kay I think that’s all of the firsts.
( if you were prepared to start throwing tomatoes at me 1. ok RUDE and 2. Please don’t and 3. I am done now and I shall refrain from using the words “this was also the first” for the duration of this whole post )
“You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”
The convention atmosphere WAS SO ON POINT! I’ve recently been to my first convention ever TOO and I just nodded a lot when everything was described! Asdfghjkl my geeky fangirl heart experienced all the feels when they mentioned comics, tv shows AND HEATHERS!! THEY REFERENCED HEATHERS AND I’M IN LOVE!
- I mentioned this but: sometimes the message could feel a bit..forced. It’s probably been mentioned before but the whole discussions about feminism and sexuality and bullying could be a bit too sudden and spelled out.
- The dialogue was in places a little bit…not the best. It’s the author’s debut novel and I’m sure she will improve but I just had to point it out.
- And..Jamie. He never got a POV so we never get to see his thought process or his side of things so I never really got to care about him that much. He was cute and understanding and nice but…we never got to see why?? I mean, you NEVER need a hidden motive to be nice and accepting but I would have liked to see his thought process as an ally. It would have been an interesting and different perspective.
Overall: This was a story full of cuteness and I highly reccomand it for fangirls, diverse peeps and general humans with a heart.
(but seriously now HOW can you NOT like this book??…who hurt you in this way? you should eat some chocolate in case a dementor just sucked your soul out just sayin’)
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.
What about you nerds? Did YOU read Queens of Geek? What did YOU think of the book? Do YOU have any other diverse reads reccomandations? OR maybe you don’t like reading contemporaries and prefer something more…dragon-y?
LET ME KNOW.