- Page Count: 288
- Release Date: March 14
- My Rating: 5 stars
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.
So pretty sure I totally preordered this for the awesome cover. LOOK AT THAT PERFECTION. But then the book turned out to be incredibly inspirational and straight up adorable so 5/5 stars all the way.
The story’s told through the split POVs of two friends attending SupaCon. Taylor is an Aspie who’s obsessed with the Queen Firestone fandom. She desperately wants to meet the author, but has a lot of anxiety and other obstacles to work through in order to compete in a fan contest. She’s been in love with her best friend Jamie for a long time, so her half of the book is also about them maybe getting together. I loved how understanding he is with her, too… their whole story’s just really well done.
And then the other POV is Charlie, a bisexual Chinese Australian vlogger/actress who’s doing promotional stuff at the convention. Her studio wants her to pretend to be back together with her jerk co-star ex-boyfriend, but she stands up for herself and goes on a date with a famous vlogger/actress she’s had a crush on for awhile.
The book focused on self acceptance and not worrying about how others see you, so there were definitely a ton of inspirational quotes. I really connected with both characters and loved their insights! A lot of scenes seemed constructed purely to call call out common idiotic behavior or hurtful comments that uneducated people make. So sometimes certain parts were cheesy or the writing felt a bit forced, but the message that it was trying to get across was so awesome that I totally didn’t care. And other parts like this cannot be said enough:
“Sometimes I don’t think I’m being a girl right. I have an undercut and wear clothes I’ve bought from the boys’ section, and I don’t wear makeup or do my nails. I watch horror movies and play video games and burp and swear and don’t talk about my feelings or any of that crap. I’m like Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality, only before the makeover.”
“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… Are you happy the way you are? Are you comfortable? Do you feel like yourself? … Then that’s all that matters. Fuck everything else.”
It was just so fun to find a story that’s a total celebration of geekdom & being yourself. I LOVED the convention setting and what a total nerd everyone was. If you’re a fan of the comic con scene, this is obviously going to be like the mothership on your bookshelf. But the story is also so character-driven that it would probably appeal to people who aren’t even fans of pop culture!