“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.”
This book may be small, but it’s powerful! (I mean just look at that hot pink cover!) Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is one of the most inclusive books I’ve ever read. The story may not be the most developed, but Jen Wilde more than makes up for that with her characters. We have an Asian bi character, a (we assume) cis male, a “chubby” girl on the autism spectrum, not to mention numerous other side characters battling anxiety, and teenage awkwardness. Queens of Geek gets a thumbs-up from me, it was a fun, light read that made me smile and kept me flipping through the pages for more. The love stories (no spoilers I swear!) are sweet and really have you rooting for the characters.
The way Jen Wilde describes anxiety is SPOT ON. Taylor, easily my favorite character, has monumental problems with anxiety, but that does not mean that she doesn’t fight like hell to overcome it. Queens of Geek addresses sexism in media and everyday contexts and I live for it! I only wish there was more of a story-line other than 3 friends taking on SupaCon. That could have taken it to the next level for me, but I still would recommend as an enjoyable read.
I especially think this would be good for junior high/high school age kids as they may be dealing with the same type of things, and if not, then maybe they would treat their peers in a more understanding manner. I wish this book would have been available to me during those years!
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