Published: April 4th, 2017
Synopsis: 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.
Diversity: Darrien is of South Asian Descent. Sage and Cal are both women who love other women, although what their sexuality isn’t confirmed
Warnings: Verbal abuse would be the biggest, as it a part of most Cinderella stories
Thank you NetGalley and Quirk Books for the advanced copy of this book!
Geekerella is a Cinderella retelling with a geeky twist, a love letter to fandoms and a tribute to all the stories that have touched our lives.
I completely adored this book. Admittedly, I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did when I requested it. I had just heard a lot of people speaking about it and I wanted to give it a shot. It sounded fun at the very least, and I figured it would be enjoyable.
Geekerella is far more than that.
Ashley Poston’s writer voice is incredibly strong. She knows how to write her world with the right balance of description and emotional insight to her characters. And the voices of those characters are spot on. At no point did Elle and Darrien’s voices change to something that is not theirs – they were distinct and both engaging to read in. I didn’t want to read one character’s POV more than any other.
Elle is a great female lead. She’s relatable because of her likes – although Starfield doesn’t exist in the world, her place in fandom is very realistic, especially to me as someone who’s been in one type or another from when I was eleven until this very day. Darrien plays well against Elle’s character. They come from completely different worlds, with different experiences but their fears and wants are much the same. Darrien’s worries about taking on a mantle so beloved by so many is written in such an understandable way that you read and wait for him to find himself – but he never really stops being worried that he’s not good enough for the role, that he has much to live up to which makes him so real.
How both characters relate to Starfield – how it builds their characters, affects their lives, gives them hope and strength – is something anyone who adores a book, a film or a tv show can understand.
The romance between Elle and Darrien is the sweetest thing. I was worried it might be cliched or forced or uncomfortable – as I have found some YA romances to be – but this is an example of just how to right about falling in love. No instant love – they connect on an emotional level, bonding of something that is important to both of them.
As a Cinderella retelling, it’s a very interesting and very accurate translation. As you read, you can see which moment and which character is what part of the old fairytale.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the relationship between Sage and Cal. I’ve been trying to read more books with gay girls in them, and this was a happy and pleasant surprised that I was hoping for! I would love a whole book about these two!
This is definitely a book that I’m getting when it comes out because I just loved every moment of it.
UPDATE: found a copy in Waterstones over the weekend, despite the fact that the book hasn’t been released yet. The book gods have smiled upon me this day!