Geekerella by Ashley Poston is the latest contemporary novel that has hit the shelves, and it has it’s own cinderella re-telling, but for us fan girls. The story falls Elle, who works at the pumpkin, which is a food truck, not actually a giant pumpkin, and it falls her texting relationship with her future Prince Charming. This story is a light-hearted, adorable contemporary story, that will have you gushing for more at the end. I rated it five out of five stars. For those of you that don’t know what this book is about, here is the synopsis:
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 step sisters 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.
Now let’s just jump into the spoiler section of this review, shall we? I just found this book so relateable from Elle’s perspective, because she had an evil step mother, that doesn’t care about her, and she has two wicked step-sisters. But, she thinks that Cal, hated her, but she didn’t, and she ended up, becoming friends with Elle, and dating Sage. By the way, I really love how they just snuck that in, and it was nice to see that, because we don’t have a lot of lesbian relationships. So, I loved that nice twist, that Elle realized, sometimes, because you judge someone, you could being missing out on a great friendship, like the one from Sage.
I really enjoyed Darien’s character, because with cinderella re-tellings, you don’t really get to see into the guy’s mind as much as Ashley Paston did, like you got to know what Darien’s life is like. We got to see his terrible relationship with his father, and how the role of Carmindor changed him, and got him to stand up for his father, and fired him as his manager, and I was so proud of him, because he was so scared of making moves, that he forgot to make them.
Two of my favorite scenes are the one where Elle explains how her parents met, at a starfield convention in the line to get autographs, for their favorite actors. I just thought it was so cute, and romantic, and special, because they know why they love the show so much. I just think that people are so quick to judge fandoms, and they don’t try to understand what it is about the show, that makes us feel so connected, and I think that this shows how being a part of this fandom can empower you, and help you even find love.
I also loved the scene when Elle and Darien meet for the first time, because it did not go well. They were so sassy to each other and I just loved it, because they were arguing the whole time, and she says one thing, and he realizes that Elle is the one that has been saying awful things about Darien’s acting on her blog, and he’s so angry. Because, it wasn’t love at first sight, like he had to take time, like all the charmings do, to realize that Elle, was the mystery girl, she was texting.
Overall, I gave this book a five out of five stars. It was so super sweet, fun, the writing was great, and I just fell in love with it. Once you start this book, you want to read it all the way through. It’s one of the best books, to get you out of reading slump!