Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Date Published: February 9 2017
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Buy: Amazon – Book Depository
Australia: Angus & Robertson – Booktopia – Macmillan’s Children’s Books
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
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 Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
** I’m participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Pan Macmillan and received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own **
(Side note: I am not feeling good right now. So this is gonna be a quicker/shorter review than usual. Sorry, guys!)
I loved this book to pieces, you guys! It was one of my most anticipated reads for this year and it did not disappoint. It was a quick and fun read, but it was packed full of important issues and diversity.
Charlie is a bisexual, Chinese-Australian and Taylor has anxiety and autism. I connected with Taylor so much I almost felt like this book was written for me. It’s so easy to get mental health rep wrong and whilst I can’t comment on the autism (Jen Wilde is autistic though [and bisexual, I think?] so it’s #ownvoices) I can say that in my expeirences the anxiety rep was spot on. I cried so many times because I just connected with all the thoughts and feelings that Taylor was having.
“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.”
It’s easy for books that deal with Fandom to come off cringe-y, but this definitely didn’t. I connected to all the references and the culture so well. I’ve been in Fandoms for half my life, but have never been to a convention (I wish!) or really been into the Cosplay side of things, but that didn’t take anything away from my reading experience.
The romance between Charlie and Alyssa was adorable. It was instalove, but it was instalove done right. Charlie and Aylssa had a wonderful connection that was believable and their dynamic worked so well together. The romance with Taylor and Jamie wasn’t as strong because we didn’t get a POV for Jamie, but it honestly didn’t bother me too much. Sidenote: Charlie’s ex is a total asshole and I’m honestly gonna fight him. Meet me in the pit, Reese.
As I said above this book is packed with diversity and important issues surrounding fandom culture. As well as what I mentioned Charlie’s love interest is a black woman. There’s brilliant discussions about sexism and body shaming.
One of the things I loved most about this book was the INCREDIBLE friendship between Charlie and Taylor. It was so refreshing to see such a positive depiction of a female friendship. Whenever one needed the other they would be there and support them and listen. It made my heart so happy.
The writing in this book is really simple and it’s a very quick and easy read. I know some people have said that caused them to not be able to connect with the characters as much but it really didn’t bother me because I was just having so much fun. I felt like I was experiencing everything with the characters.
I’m sorry this review lacks a little depth, but as I said above I’m not feeling great right now. I really did love it a lot though. I can’t even express in words just how much. Seeing Taylor go through all the same things I do every made me feel less alone. This book was like a hug that I needed, but didn’t know how to ask for. Even if contemporary or fandom-y type books aren’t your usual go-to I still strongly recommend this. Jen Wilde has become a new favouite author of mine and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
“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.” She swings an arm around me and pulls me in.
“Are you happy the way you are? Are you comfortable? Do you feel like yourself?”
The corner of my mouth lifts into a half smile. “Yes. Yes. And yes.”
“Then that’s all that matters. Fuck everything else.”