I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Source: the Publisher
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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad's old costume), Elle's determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he's ever wanted, but the Starfieldfandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom."
This book was everything I wanted it to be and so much more. It was fun and geeky and swoony and nostalgic all in one. Remember those feelings you got when you watched Cinderella dancing with the prince and nobody knew who she was but you just KNEW they were falling in love? And that feeling when you watched Han Solo and Princess Leia kiss that first time? And when Samwise carries Frodo up Mount Doom because he knows how important Frodo’s quest is and that he can’t do it on his own?! When Nickie goes to Terry’s apartment and then he suddenly realizes why she never showed up at the Empire State Building?! And when Kathleen Kelly sees Joe Fox walking toward her in the park and says “I hoped it would be you.”?!?!?! All of those feelings are in this book. I loved it so much.
This book is a tribute to fandoms and fangirls and fanboys. And I loved every minute of it. It reminds us that not only can TV shows and movies and books give us a community to belong to, they also teach us about what’s right and wrong. They connect us to people already close to us, like with Elle and her dad, but also bring together people who otherwise never would have met. They remind us that there are good things in the world even if it doesn’t seem like it in that moment. And they create memories that stay with us forever. Even if you never attend a Con or fandom event, those characters are important to us and their stories stay with us. And it’s nice to be reminded that the way we feel about our fandoms isn’t wrong or weird and that lots of people feel that way. And it’s totally okay and even good for us. Elle feels completely alone in her house with her stepmother and stepsisters, but the Starfield fandom brings her happiness and people who feel the same way and good memories of her parents. It’s hard to argue that something like that could be bad. Though her stepmother does try.
Secondly, this is an awesome modernized retelling of Cinderella. I’m not going to lie and say that I knew that way before reading it. Because I didn’t. I don’t know how that connection was completely lost on me but I think I got so excited about the geekiness of it all, the rest just didn’t even register. Plus, I never read synopses before reading a book, so I just didn’t know. But it’s clear very early on that it’s a retelling and it was very well done. It’s set in current time and does a great job of incorporating cell phones and texting and blogging and current issues teens deal with. I really loved the way this was modernized and how it didn’t feel like an adult just trying to figure out how kids talk and text and flirt online.
Also, I’m always a little worried when reading a book about a kid who’s famous or rich or privileged in ways they might not really know. I recently read a book where a kid became internet famous pretty much over night and it was just horrible. I felt nothing for the kid whenever he whined about stuff. There was just no depth. And this one the teen is starring in one of the biggest fandom remakes ever. And he stars on a popular teen show. So I was a little worried I’d be annoyed whenever he whined about his “perfect” life. But I actually found him very likable and down-to-earth. He had a few moments but overall he was a well-developed character that had honest worries about his abilities and fear about being able to trust people close to him. And I liked that he felt vulnerable, it made him more real and easier to sympathize with.
There are a few surprises thrown in this one. I hated the stepmother and stepsisters like always but there’s a fun twist in this one for them. I really was not expecting it but loved the moment it happened. Also, Sage was the best. Her friendship with Elle really completed the book and added in a lot of the fun scenes.
Overall, I highly recommend this book! Especially if you consider yourself a fangirl or fanboy. There’s so much love for fandoms in this one, you shouldn’t miss out. Also, if you love retellings, I definitely think this was a good one. It retained the overall feel and key points of the original story but modernized it in a way that made it a story all on its own. And lastly, if you just love YA contemporary romances, this one is so freaking cute, you’ll definitely want to read it. I found myself smiling at times at just how cute it was. There was so much going on, this book flew by but that didn’t in any way take away from the emotions or romance. Definitely put this book on your list and make sure you read it!