Queens of Geek
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult
Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
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 her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
You can go anywhere in the world to study any culture, but you must live there for a month and abide by their rules. Where would you go?
Right now, I’m on my first trip to New York City and it’s unlike anywhere else in the world, so I’d choose here. There’s a buzz here, an electricity that draws you in like a magnet. It truly is the city that never sleeps, and there is always something to see or do or explore. Being in Manhattan, I feel like I’m in the centre of the universe. And in a lot of ways, New York City is the centre of the universe. It’s an economic leader in the world, with everything from Wall Street to news network headquarters hugely influencing the rest of the world. Whether it’s in finance, journalism, art, fashion or publishing, industries from every corner of the globe look to New York to guide them forward. It’s also one of the most diverse cities in the world, with hundreds of languages spoken and an array of different cultures that all come together to make New York truly special. Politically, New York is one of the most progressive cities in the United States – something not to be taken for granted in such tense and divided times. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why, as a queer, disabled woman, I feel like I can be myself here. In a lot of ways, I feel like I fit in better here than I do back home in Australia. There’s an energy here that I’ve never felt before, like the city is alive with activity and magic. The people are wonderful, the buildings touch the sky and the lights never stop shining. In saying all that, I’m very aware that I have a lot of privilege to be able to experience the wonder of the city without the serious concerns many Americans have right now. That’s the thing about being an outsider looking in, you never truly see the whole picture.
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 reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away 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, aptly named Heisenberg.
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