Mini Reviews : the fangirling edition

Hello friends! As always, Friday is reviewing day and I’m back with two books about loving something so much you can’t help but scream about it. Here comes, the two not-so-mini reviews, I hope you’ll enjoy!

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

Queens of Geek, Jen Wildegoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

I never got lucky enough to go to a convention, but Queens of Geek certainly brought the feelings of such an event to my mind perfectly. I loved everything the book conveyed with such a “small” setting: three days at a convention seems pretty restrictive, yet it was the perfect setting to bring out all of the screaming we have inside of us because we are fans of something. Queens of Geek is speaking to all of us for sure, the ones called geeks, nerds, just overall the ones caring so much about something they can’t speak, scream or are on the verge to tears whenever there’s a new book being released (#me).

That being said, the real Queens and Kings and overall royalty in this book are the characters. Told from a dual point of view, Queens of Geek allow us inside the head of two fantastic main characters. Taylor, a girl dealing with social anxiety on a daily basis, was the character I was rooting for from day one. Her thoughts and overall experiences were so relatable, I couldn’t help but love her right from the beginning. Her anxiety never felt over the top or portrayed wrong, on the contrary, from my experience, it was just told the very right way, which made this book even more powerful.

Charlie, the other main character, was really interesting just as well. As a Chinese-Australian Youtuber, her views and experience in the convention was completely different from Taylor’s, here only as a fangirl ; yet it was so interesting to see her side of the story. If I had a hard time getting into her story at the beginning, this quickly changed as I grew fond of her and fell in love with her, her taking-no-shit politics and overall awesomeness. I love how confident she was and certainly made me feel stronger just by reading her story.

Both of the characters are going through a great development, which I really appreciated. When it comes to relationships, they are changing and getting stronger as well as the story goes on; affirming themselves and taking steps they would not have at the beginning of the book, especially when it comes to Taylor. As a great lover of friend-to-more trope, I couldn’t help but root for the characters, fangirl and fawn over the cuteness of everything.

Overall, Queens of Geek is a quick read and such a positive book to read, sure to bring a smile on your face. If there is something I missed, it was maybe a bit more development regarding the side-characters, Jamie and Alyssa. I would have liked to get to know them a bit more under the surface ; but this did not take away any of my enjoyment for this book.

“That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”

My rating : 4 drops !

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KEY WORDS
Convention, friendship, friend-to-lover trope, f/f romance, social anxiety, contemporary, romance.

TO READ IF
You are into YA contemporary and are looking for a book to relate to, both with the fangirling part and just the characters. Or just want a happy, feel-good, adorable book to read.

 

Gena / Finn, Hannah Moskowitz, Kat Helgeson goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

Told through blog entries and emails for the most part, Gena / Finn takes an insider’s look at two very different fangirls’ lives. From the soon-to-be college girl Gena, to the trying-to-make-hands-meet Finn, both girls are forging a quick and unlikely friendship built from one common interest: a popular TV series.

When I got into this book, I was pleasantly surprised. Whenever a story is told in a different kind of narration, I am always a bit scared not to be able to get into it, but there, I could easily portray the two girls for some reason, which I really appreciated. This unique formatting and seeing the friendship between the two main characters unfold slowly was something I really enjoyed and could relate to – I think we all can, internet people. Slowly starting to talk to someone everyday, grow closer and closer, having this want, this need to talk to each other, get through to each other and get a teensy bit worried when you have no news… Everything their relationship goes through at the beginning was really relatable and definitely something that needs to be explored more nowadays as more than one of us are living this.

Thing is, with this book: both girls are huge fans of this popular cop TV show, so obviously they are talking about this a lot. Gena is even writing fanfiction about it – however, there were times when I felt confused about these parts of the story. We got little to none background whatsoever to this cop TV show, so it was a bit hard to picture and understand everything.

Despite this little drawback, I had come to really enjoy Gena / Finn, right up until the end where everything kind of went down-hill. I thought I was expecting a fun, girl-meets-girl kind of book, bringing all of the happy feels, with the downsides of the other fangirls not agreeing and the bit of drama that goes with it. That wasn’t it. Everything went REALLY downhill somewhere on the three-quarters of the book, taking Gena / Finn from the light, fun book to something really heavy, dramatic, that somehow left me confused. That massive change in the atmosphere of the story made me reconsider everything ; and the ending unfortunately didn’t satisfy my needs.

Still, Gena / Finn was a lovely read about fangirling, blogging, internet friends, the difference between shows and reality.

“I’ve always had a fandom. I’ve always had characters who live in my head and mess with my heart and tell me stories, and I love it.”

My rating : 3 drops!

KEYWORDS
Internet friendship, f/f romance, convention, TV shows, blogging, mental illness.

TO READ IF
You enjoy reading about internet friendships and being a fangirl, and don’t mind the different formatting of this story.

 

Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

If not, would you be interested in reading them? Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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50 thoughts on “Mini Reviews : the fangirling edition

  1. Amazing reviews! I don’t like YA contemporary too much but I’ve heard TOO MUCH about Queens of Geek to ignore it any longer. Plus, it’s such a short book I feel I could read it really quickly and even if I don’t like it, it wouldn’t be much of a time waste 😛

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    1. Thank you so much, Anushka! 🙂 It is a short and quick read so yes, you’re right, if you don’t like it, at least you won’t have spent too much time reading it 😛 But I do hope you’ll love it! 🙂

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  2. I absolutely LOVED Queens of Geek – I really need to write my review but what are words haha. Gena/Finn sounds fun, besides the fact that everything goes downhill so I’m not sure if I want to read that one haha.

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    1. Haha right? Sometimes writing reviews is just SO HARD. Oh well if you feel like you could enjoy it, try Gena / Finn for sure. It was a fun read even if I was a bit disappointed by the ending, and it’s a short book as well 🙂 Thank you so much Michelle! ❤

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  3. Ahhh I’m glad to see that you enjoyed both these books, Marie! I think my ratings are the opposite of yours (I gave Gena/Finn 4 stars and Queens of Geek 3 stars), but I agree with so much of what you said about both books. I also thought that Queens of Geek could use more side character development, and that Gena/Finn kind of went downhill nearing the end. I think it resonated with me more though from a fangirl point of view, so I liked it more. Great mini reviews! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Reg! I’m glad you overall felt the same way as I did with both of these books. Gena/Finn was great though, I agree, on the fangirl point of view, I loved that, it was really relatable 🙂

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    1. Ohh the characters were so great and relatable in Queens of Geek. I hope you’ll read it and love it 🙂 Gena/Finn was quite interesting as well, the unique format made it quick to read and a lot of fun 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment, Balie, I hope you’ll read both 🙂

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  4. AGH I NEED QUEENS OF GEEK! I’ve heard SUCH great things about it, and your review only wants to make me read it more! I’m glad us fangirls are getting represented — we need more of that. 😉 And yay for f/f romance! It’s too many times m/m. Great review! 🙂 ❤

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    1. It is really good and refreshing – I hadn’t read a book with a Youtuber in the story before that one. I was so glad to see that featured as well 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment! ❤

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  5. WOW I JUST NOTICED YOUR RATING SYSTEM AND IT’S DIFFERENT.

    Anyways.

    Ahhhh I loved Queens of Geek because it was so cute and the diversity was just so good! According to other Autistic reviewers, the portrayal of having Autism was great and I loved it!

    Honestly, Charlie’s portrayal of a Youtuber sounded really good but I feel like there wasn’t as much dedication to it as you might expect. I mean, I don’t have a Youtube channel, but I have a blog (XD) and I figure that they are similar. I don’t really remember if Charlie’s portrayal of being Chinese was the best, but I still loved the book because FANDOM FEELS.

    Gena/Finn sounds really interesting! I don’t really read books with different formatting like you, but I think it would be super cool to try out.

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    1. Hahaha yes, it’s drizzle (and hurricanes), to fit with the name of my blog and ll ahah 🙂
      I’m SO glad you loved Queens of Geek just as well, it was such a fun book and I’m so happy that the representation was well done. I definitely think that being a Youtuber has to take tons of dedication, as much as we do for our own blogs and even more, and you’re right, now that I think about it, it didn’t really show. It wasn’t the focus of it all though, but it would have been fun to get more of a glimpse of that for sure! 🙂
      Thank you so, so much Julianna! I hope you’ll want to try Gena / Finn sometime 🙂

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      1. Yeah that’s so cool!

        I knowww right? Queens of Geek was super cute (although I thought that Charlie’s relationship progressed a little quickly)
        I realllyyyyy want a book with a blogger MC who cares a lot about blogging and you get to see it from her experience #plotbunny

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      2. Oh yes, I didn’t think about that when writing my review, but the relationship was kind of quick, I have to agree. It was a short book though, so…I forgive it? ahah 🙂
        YEEEEEEEEEEES oh that would be such an awesome and very, very relatable book ahah 🙂

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  6. I have not read these… I did not know Queens of Geek was about a convention or social anxiety both of which I would read about! I really need to get a list of contemporary YA books to read from you! You are my go to blogger friend for them now! As for the other book… it’s sad when a promising start tanks at the very end 😭 Great reviews Marie ❤️

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    1. Ohhh yes YES YES let me make you a list of ALL THE CONTEMPORARIES, Dani ahah ❤ Seriously, if you need any recommendations, I'm always here 😀 ❤ Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment as always, and I really hope you'll read and love Queens of Geek 🙂

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  7. I love alternate formatting in a book, but I don’t know if my heart can take Gena/Finn from what I have heard. I am sort of loving all the social anxiety books that have come out lately that are getting good buzz. Queens of Geek definitely sounds like something I would love. Great reviews!

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    1. Right? That cover looks amazing, and the book was really good. I thought that the anxiety was very well portrayed as well. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and thank you so much for your sweet comment, Kyra ❤

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  8. Great review for both of these books Marie, I actually have them both on my to-read list as well so hopefully one day I’ll manage to get around to them! 🙂 Queens of Geek sounds amazing, and I’ve pretty much heard non-stop amazing things about it too. I haven’t heard as much about Gena/Finn I’ll admit, but I’m intrigued by the different format the story is told in, plus I really want to read more books that represent fangirls and these seem like two perfect books for that. 🙂
    Again great reviews! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much Beth! I can’t wait for you to read both of these – they are the perfect books if you want to read more about fangirling and everything like that. Definitely an aspect of our lives that aren’t portrayed too much in books, it was refreshing and so relatable 🙂
      Thank you! 😀 ❤

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      1. That’s all right! 🙂 I’m going to have to try and get around to both soon, it just seems like as soon as I see one of them on my to-read list and think I should pick it up next something else catches my eye. Well I definitely want to read more about fangirling, it’s kind of nice to see it start being portrayed a little more in books.
        That’s all right! 😀 ❤

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  9. I love mini reviews, but yours were actually still very detailed compared to mine ahahaha
    You already know that I loved Queens of Geek like CRAZY but it was also interesting to hear your thoughts on the other book. I do like books about internet friendship, because I always have to explain to my parents that my internet friends are just as “real” as my non-virtual ones, but I am not sure that book is really for me. Still, great reviews!

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    1. Haha thank you – they’re not really mini reviews, they’re quite long, I can’t stop writing once I start haha 😛
      YES, that’s exactly it. It feels good to actually read about internet friendships and how they build themselves, grow stronger with time and everything. It is such an important part of so many lives today.
      Thank you so much ❤ ❤

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      1. I think the generation before us can’t really fathom how much we rely on people and connections we make on the internet these days, you know? They are still in that mindset that unless you’ve met the person, it ain’t real.

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      2. Yeah you’re right, I guess it’s that. We will write all the books about all of the internet and the powers of it all ahah. fFriendships and relationships built online are real even if they’re not face to face, that’s for sure!

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  10. Queens of the Geeks- it sounds so relatable (even if I, like you, haven’t been to a convention either 😉 ) Ah it’s such a shame that the second one went downhill- but I can really relate to reading books like that- sometimes when books change tone dramatically it just doesn’t work so well :/ Love your mini reviews!!

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much! I hope you’ll read Queens of Geek someday, it was so good 🙂 It was a bit of a shame that Gena/Finn changed so much towards the end, it didn’t work well for me :/

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