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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

May 13, 2018

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

About the Book

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. 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 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.

My thoughts

OH gosh, this is the Cinderella tale of my heart. A true geek fairy tale. I really enjoyed this modern day retelling of the Cinderella story. From the moment I read about the food truck called the magic pumpkin I fell in love with this little story. Main character Elle is a true fan, the ultimate fan. Taught to love Starfield by her beloved father, its all she has left of him after his death, and her only escape from her cloying evil stepmother and stepsisters (a true stepford family). A blogger who knows every detail from every episode by heart, Elle discovers Darien Freeman – soap opera star Darien – has been cast as her hero in the remake of Starfield. What a disaster.

The idea of making the “prince” an actor is a fun twist. Sage, Elle’s work colleague, is a fabulous magical character that I’d love to see more of. This retelling really dives into the world of fandom and cosplay, and shows how important fandom can play to a true fan’s heart. It also shows how deeply that loss can hurt when a show is no more. The fandom in this story is a family that comes to Elle’s aid when she needs it the most. Fans understand each other in a way that “non-fans” can never understand.

I read it so quickly and loved every minute of it. Any Cinderella fan will enjoy this retelling.

And I love all of the geek-in-jokes, so many references! A true geek’s book. I definitely recommend it for a book that you can escape into for a time.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Thanks so much for this delightful review, Laurie. The cover is adorable, and it sounds like it’s a story to match. How could I resist that hook of a title? Hugs.

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