Alright, ladies and gents, I have to be honest here; I did not think I was going to like this book. I thought it would just be a nerdy Cinderella, and I have some serious grudges with her that I know I have mentioned before. But I was incredibly surprised by how much I legitimately loved this book. Like, I want to meet Ashley Poston and thank her for making this incredible book, because it’s phenomenal.
Geekerella stars Danielle (who prefers Elle), who is a giant freaking nerd. She runs her own fan site (hey girl hey) about her favorite TV series, Starfield. It seems like a big nod to Star Wars, Star Trek, and Firefly. She got her love of the series from her parents, who met at a convention while cosplaying the two lovers from the show. Sadly, both of her parents passed away, and now Elle lives with her Stepmonster and the twins (evil, of course). She works at a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin, and is forced to clean a lot, but for most of the book, that’s the only allusion to Cinderella that happens.
Geekerella is a narrative on two sides though. One is Elle, while the other is Darrien (SP). Darrien was cast to play the starring role in the new Starfield movie, and when Elle sees that, she writes a scathing piece that is noticed by news outlets everywhere. When Darrien finds out that he has to go to a convention to promote the movie, he is not down because of past experiences. So he texts the number that he thinks is in charge of Exelsicon only to find out that it’s not (surprise, it’s Elle). They end up flirting via text for the entire book, not knowing who the other is. But when it comes time for Exelsicon, all of the wrenches get thrown in all of the gears.
This book is rad. It’s a Young Adult novel, so I think it’s best suited for middle to high schoolers, but it really hit some phenomenal chords for me. It reminded me about my favorite things in fandom, and the wonder of going to conventions. It’s beautifully written, there is a relatively small amount of Cinderella story in there, and it’s a great time. I think that if you have any interest in fandom, or any experience in fandom, you will love this book. You can follow Ashley Poston on twitter here, and expect to see Geekerella on shelves April 4, 2017.
Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
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