General rating: 4 stars
Diversity rating: 2 stars (POC, LGTB+ (lesbian))
Geekerella has the perfect level of cute and adorableness combined with addictiveness, which makes an amazing book to read in two days. Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a modern-day Cinderella retelling (obviously) with a twist.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
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.
What I loved most about his book was the incredibly geeky-ness of it all. There wasn’t a page without references to any popular book or tv show. I have to say, I didn’t catch them all but I still loved it. Elle is the main character of this book and she is a super geek. She has been a fan of this tv show called Starfield since she was a little kid. Her father and mother have died and now she lives with her stepmother and evil stepsisters. Cal and Chloe, and especially Catherine make her life a living hell. She devides her time between cleaning the house and working at a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin. One of the best characters is definitely Sage, her co-worker, she is funny and outspoken. Via some weird miracle, Darien, the new actor for the main part of Starfield, gets in touch with Elle and that is how the story starts.
The story has the familiar Cinderella components, which were very cute and fun to see, but made the story slightly predictable. From the first moment Darien and Elle get in touch you know how the story is going to end. Not that that made the story any less fun. It was cute and adorable, and incredibly geeky.
“Sage thinks I hate Princess Amara on the principle that she’s a lying double-crosser, but I hate her because I can relate to her. I’m the one tossed in the Black Nebula. I’m the one lost, in a life, a world, a universe that is no longer mine.”
There was a lot of character development in the book, which I loved. And I loved that some of the characters went through a large change of opinion, which is one of my favourite things in books.
The story contained both the original themes in the Cinderella story but also more modern themes: fandom culture, fame, modern media (blogging!) and teenagehood. The book was both diverse and interesting.
I’m giving this book 4 stars, because it was a delight to read. Even though I am not usually a big fan of romance, this book had the perfect level of romance, not enough to make you want to puke and enough to make it entertaining and fun.