A True Geek Queen, #AutisticPrideMonth


From Goodreads:

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.


 I picked up Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders for the #AustisicPrideMonth  readathon! It was long overdue. Honestly, the only reason why I held on for so long was that the cover is pink. I bloody hate pink. But between Queens Of Geek and the bi flag, I’m starting to warm  tolerate the color. I’ve hated pink for over a decade. That’s how much I loved this book. 

 It’s hard to put in words how much the book means to me. I can describe it plainly; three best friends attend a con for the first time. Charlie, a bi youtuber turned movie star, is trying to prove she’s over a tough breakup with her costar, but everyone ships them. Taylor, a socially anxious autistic, is trying to expand her comfort zone by entering a fan contest and making new friends. 

  It has several things I love. One is the REPRESENTATION. I read a lot of queer books, but most of the characters are white boys. I can think of one other book with a protagonist with Asperger’s, Rain Reign. It’s an MG disaster/ contemporary. The protagonist is also gay. If I read it, it’s a safe bet that someone’s queer. But as much as I want to, I don’t know where to find Aspergian books. 

 Another thing is the story structure; I love hyperfocused books that take place over a short time span or limited area. Escape room books, if you will. QOG takes place over and entirely in, a weekend con. 

Which brings me to the third thing: I AM LOVING THE RISE OF NERD BOOKS. I can relate to books like Geekerella and Fangirl, because fandom is my life. It’s how I find and keep friends. It is how I comprehend the world. It is what I blog about.

 I would say that’s sad, but football isn’t sad, and from what I understand of the culture, it’s the same thing as fandom but considerably more dangerous.

 I am still reading Brightsiders, even though I started it at the same time, with the intention of not letting one give me a first impression. But Queens Of Geek was like… I’m a carpet, and i’m being vacuumed and swept at the same time. QOG is the vacuum, and Brightsiders is the broom.

 I hope that makes sense. 



 The #AutisticPrideMonth readathon is hosted by Becca’s Book Realm There’s still time to pick up a book for the readathon, but even if you don’t this month, please look out for some books with Aspergian rep. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and a lot of lack of information. We are not the Sheldon stereotype! (But I do love him)

Published by TanyX Goffy

I am an author, poet, and playwright. My current WIPs are a doppelganger Dark Academia and sad vampires. I blog about YA LGBTQIAP+ books, with the occasional straight person book for diversity. They/them Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2EVVFTZUX00P0?ref_=wl_share

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