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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads (20 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250111390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250111395
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 50 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"Queens of Geek" is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, "Queens of Geek" reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us. Katherine Locke, author of "Second Position," moderator of #GayYABookClub

Praise from the Swoon Reads community:

"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com

"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com

"["Queens of Geek"] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " -Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place "All The Feels."" -Catherine Tinker, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love how interesting the story was and how the author adressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of "Fangirl."" -Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com"

Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us. Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

Praise from the Swoon Reads community:

"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com

"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com

"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " -Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels." -Catherine Tinker, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love how interesting the story was and how the author adressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." -Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com

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"Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us." --Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

Praise from the Swoon Reads community:

"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com

"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com

"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " -Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels." -Catherine Tinker, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love how interesting the story was and how the author adressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." -Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com



Praise for Queens of Geek

"Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom. The book deals head on with issues of mental health, body shaming, sexuality, and internet celebrity, handling them with a delicate and skillful touch." --Teen Vogue

"Jen Wilde's book about two best friends--one a bisexual young woman of color, the other a young [autistic] woman . . . dealing with anxiety--will be a favorite of anyone who is a fan of geek culture. . . . This fun book about fierce friendships gives voice to a group of diverse female characters who are so defined by so much more than just their mental health and sexuality." --Bustle

"Queens of Geek is an emotional, lively story full of characters that leap off the page and slip their hands into yours, inviting you into a world where the geeks and nerds are royalty and fandom is court. Richly realized and defiantly affirming, Queens of Geek reminds us that adventures and romances aren't limited to archetypes but are, in fact, for all of us." --Katherine Locke, author of Second Position, moderator of #GayYABookClub

"The characters' diversity provides natural opportunities to explore a number of contemporary teen issues, including race, sexual orientation, feminism, and body image. Some of the most compelling chapters are told from the point of view of Taylor, who fears change, hates crowds, and is on the autism spectrum. . . . Part of Macmillan's crowdsourced imprint, this celebration of geek culture and fandom promotes diversity and being true to oneself." --School Library Journal

"Queens of Geek is full of book and movie references and is a fun look at the fandom convention phenomena. Taylor's anxiety and experience with Asperger's are treated with sensitivity. . . . Queens of Geek is a fun, quick read that will appeal to romance readers and self-proclaimed geeks." --VOYA


Praise for Queens of Geek from the Swoon Reads community:

"It was a delightful read. . . .This book, in my opinion, is just so empowering!" -brio, reader on SwoonReads.com

"This is the first book I've ever read that I've seen myself in. I felt like Taylor was me. . . . I wish I could have had this book 20 years ago. One of the best things I've read in years." -Mandy.Valentine, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love the idea of the book taking place at a convention, it's a lot of fun!" -stacy, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I loved how real the characters felt, especially Taylor. I absolutely adored all of them, and I couldn't stop reading once I started." -Lucy.Mawson, reader on SwoonReads.com

"[Queens of Geek] was an incredibly compelling read, just because it contained a storyline I ABSORBED, and characters so diverse they were a pleasure to read! . . . Mix that with the romance, self-discovery of self-worth, and all the geeky references, this made for a perfect read! I honestly couldn't put it down, reading late into the night to see what happened next! " -Zoie K, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love everyone in this book and it deserves a space on my Swoon shelf right next to where I'll place All The Feels." -Catherine Tinker, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I love how interesting the story was and how the author addressed the characters' diversity without glossing over it or making it all about that. . . . It reminded me a little of Fangirl." -Lizzie, reader on SwoonReads.com

"I really liked the characters, and especially that they weren't afraid to be themselves and express their geekiness." -Mike, reader on SwoonReads.com

About the Author

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek, and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books, and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (As They Rise), witches (Echo of the Witch), and fangirls (Queens of Geek). Her debut series, The Eva Series, reached over three million reads online. When she's not writing, Jen loves binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to faraway places, and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay. Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, Heisenberg.


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By JN on 11 May 2017
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Well that was a freaking adorable, unabashedly nerdy read filled with cinnamon rolls too perfect for this world. I'm dead from the cute and the avalanche of feels.

I LOVED this book. It was nerdy, queer, body positive, feminist and amazing. Charlie and Alyssa were one of the cutest f/f couples I've ever read. I also just loved Jamie and Taylor together. Their movie marathons and room service non-dates were just the best. I loved the evolution of both relationships in this book, as well as the Supacon setting.

I'd give this 10/5 stars if I could. Read this now
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I so thoroughly enjoyed his book. As someone immersed in conventions and fandoms for most of my life I can be a bit harsh in my judgement of stories that use these thugs but this one did it beautifully. I so love the way these people interact and grow over a weekend, making new relationships and deepening pre-existing ones.

Taylor, Charlie, and Jamie were great and it was so exciting to see a bi girl and an autistic girl as leads. I read the whole book in a day, even with a trip to the theatre and two meals out in the middle of it, because I just couldn't stop in my free moments.

This story was such a wonderfully light and fun read and I am so glad I read it.
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I LOVED this book so much! It was everything I dreamt it would be and so, so much more. I loved that this was set in a convention and just how much all of the characters were fangirling over their favourite authors and YouTubers. It just felt so real and I’m sure thousands of people will easily relate to this story.

I have fallen head of heels in love with the characters in this book. I liked that it was told from two different POVs: Tay suffers with anxiety and ASD and Charlie is a famous YouTuber who is also bisexual. I loved both of these girls and how their mental health and sexuality was not what this book was about but that it was just a part of their being. I loved the dynamic of the friendship between Charlie, Tay and Jamie and I was pleased with where it ended up. Although there was a tinge of instalove I did think it was sweet and found myself rooting for a particular couple quite early on. (No spoilers!!)

The writing is absolutely delightful and I probably could have filled a notebook with the quotes that made me laugh out loud. I loved how contemporary this book was too, filled with references to social media platforms, which makes this book so easy to relate to. This book deals with so much that I did wonder if it was a bit too much for a second, but that second quickly passed and I realised that I just love this book. Body shaming, sexuality, sexual experience, mental health, friendship, romance and so much more is relevant in this book and dealt with in a way that is relatable and accessible.

I loved how diverse this book was but also how Tay’s anxiety and ASD and Charlie’s sexuality didn’t define them or their story. Sure, this added to who they are but this story was not about Tay and her anxiety or Charlie and her sexuality.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2017
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Taylor has panic attacks. She doesn't like places with a lot of people, but because her best friend Charlie is at SupaCon to promote her movie and Taylor's favorite author will be there to sign books, she decides to be brave and go anyway. They have another best friend, Jamie, and he will be by her side to keep an eye on her. Taylor is in love with Jamie, but she thinks he will never like her in the same way. She doesn't want to stand out, she's a quiet girl with many insecurities. Being at SupaCon, however, makes her think about herself in a different way and maybe she'll be able to take a few chances after all. Will she be able to let Jamie know how she feels and does he like her back?

Charlie is at SupaCon to connect with her fans. She and her ex boyfriend Reese played in a movie together and they're there to promote it. They were a couple, but have broken up because Reese cheated on Charlie. Their marketing team wants them to get together again, but Reese broke Charlie's heart and she isn't going to let him do that again. She can barely stand being in the same room, let alone pretend she still has feelings for him. Charlie is a rising star in the vlogging world and when she meets her idol Alyssa SupaCon becomes a lot more interesting all of a sudden. Charlie has always admired Alyssa from afar and when she meets her in person her crush only becomes bigger. Does Alyssa share these feelings?

Taylor has panic attacks and her anxiety is something she's struggling with every day. She's incredibly brave because she does things that are out of her comfort zone and even though there are tears and breakdowns she's determined to get herself together every single time. She even joins a contest that puts her in the spotlight. I loved her sweet nature and her courage.
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Told in alternating POVs Queens of Geek is the story of three best friends, two new relationships, and one awesomely geeky weekend. Charlie is an internet sensation and is attending SupaCon to promote her breakout film debut, bringing her friends Taylor and Jamie to support her and have fun at the most exciting convention in the world. Despite her constant anxiety Taylor is thrilled to be there and meet her idol, the author of a series of fantasy novels that have inspired and comforted her, and given her a fandom to belong to and feel safe in. Jamie is the devoted pillar of humour and strength to them both, and Taylor’s not-so-secret long time crush. The friendship between the three of them is central to the story, with life changing moments occurring for all of them but the steady constant of their love and understanding for each other is what makes it all possible. The importance of friends old and new is such a wonderfully significant part of the novel, and proves you can have a romantic plot without leaving your friends behind.

I adored all of the characters and would have loved for them to be my friends. Charlie is self-assured, affectionate and fun, Jamie is a sweetheart (and prime boyfriend material) and I could write essays about Taylor and on page representation for neurodiversity. I was continually blown away by how accurately my own life was portrayed, and grateful beyond measure for the way her friends treated her. I don’t want to spoil anything but Alyssa is a delight as well, and there are many charming surprises and expressions of love for fandom throughout.
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