Charlie, Youtube-famous and newly a movie star, has a publicity gig at Supacon, the world's largest nerd con--and she's not going without taking her best friends, Jamie and Taylor, along for the ride. Taylor is thrilled cause it means a chance to meet Skylar Atkins, author of the Queen Firestone series, guide for her entire life as she knows it--but less thrilled about the crowds, socializing, and contests along the way (not to mention the squirmy feelings she's having for her best friend Jamie.) Charlie's got a zombie movie to premier and a creepy ex-slash-co-star to wrangle, so when gorgeous famous youtuber Alyssa makes her appearance, she's a more than welcome distraction. Romance is as heady as the scent of new TPBs in the dealer's hall--but what twists and turns will give Charlie, Alyssa,, Taylor, and Jamie their happy endings?
I love a fandom novel that's of its times, and Queens of Geek is a truly modern novel, hitting all the quirks (shipping actual human beings, elaborate fan "experiences" with buckets of blood and dozens of zombies, and the peril of uploading the wrong video) of modern fandom. Wilde as an author really gets it--that geekery is no longer on the sidelines of subculture, but an identity to be celebrated, while acknowledging its gross parts. And a bonus? Charlie never, ever has to compromise on her ideals when dealing with her own gross part, ex and coworker--I was worried, but justice is swift and worth it. Taylor's feelings and experiences with her new diagnosis ring true to heart, and the reader is proud of her for doing so much, and meeting with and helping others with her experience. There is a ton of girls-supporting-girls in this novel, a thread I really love. And yes, the romance is swoony indeed, with a kiss in a zombie apocolypse, an after-hours date at a video arcade, and romantic endings for both couples, with some necessary twists along the way. I loved this, and it made me even more excited for Geek Girl Con in the fall!