Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
Pages: 320 Format: ARC Source: Library
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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 Starfield fandom 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. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
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.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Disney’s Cinderella, but by mixing nerd culture with this well known story Ashley Poston pulled me right in. Geekerella is an endearing, sweet story focusing on two teens who are struggling to find a place in their respective lives. Bonding them and this story together is a fictional sci-fi tv show called Starfield that frankly I would love to see on screen for real. And so begins this fate filled ride full of geeky goodness…
Let’s start with these ridiculously cute characters. To survive the teen years at home with a stepmom and siblings who treat her horribly, Elle is intensely passionate over Starfield but has no one to share it with after her father’s death. Darien, on the other hand, is the center of attention as an up and coming actor but he’s more alone than ever before. The two of them struggle to connect and trust others but it was easy to understand their pain. Sage, Elle’s coworker, was another personal fave with her sharp wit and mad sewing skills.
The fandom aspects of this one may have been my favorite part though. Ever since the halcyon days of the Harry Potter books being released, I’ve been firmly ingrained in the nerd world and the community that brings. Poston does an excellent job of describing these diverse, multifaceted groups that adore everything from books to TV to movies. She shows the intensity, the intellect, the passion, the creativity and it makes my heart burst to see this represented on the page.
Overall I really really liked this revamped take on the Cinderella fairytale by Ashley Poston. Geekerella is just full of adorableness and that’s most reflected in the great characters that grace these pages. I also truly appreciated the take on fandom the author provides and it reminded me why I’m a part of this and so many other communities. I’d definitely recommend picking this one up!
So are you excited for Geekerella? What fandoms are you a part of? What fairytale do we need more retellings of? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!