Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a gem to be sure, a YA contemporary fairy tale retelling of Cinderella like you have never read before. This book is an awesome look into fandom culture with a cool magical twist (kind of) and turns the classic story of Cinderella into something completely new and exciting.
This review may contain mild spoilers for this book (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!
I might not be a huge fan of contemporary YA books but I am a big BIG fan of fairy tale retellings and this book definitely falls under that category. Not to mention that it’s pretty unique (how many fairytale retellings have you read where the magic pumpkin carriage is actually a vegan food truck?). I needed an easy read to de-stress and this book was perfect. Probably what some would call a summer read, Geekerella was such a fun book and I just couldn’t put it down.
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I honestly have never read a book like this. As I said before, I’m not a huge fan of contemporary books (I do seem to be reading a lot of them lately however) but this one was completely awesome and definitely showed me that you can’t judge a book by its cover (even if we book nerds are famous for it). Even though this was a fairytale retelling and you can generally guess the ending and major plot points, the way that Ashley Poston wrote this book was so good that I wasn’t even sure if our darling Elle would make it to the ball on time.
Geekerella was such a fun and hilarious retelling, and I absolutely adored how much of nerd and con culture was in it. NERDS!! This is the book for you! I have friends that cosplay but have never really gotten into it myself. This book made me want to buy tickets to next years Supernova and do a Star Wars cosplay. I super adored the relationship between Elle and Darien, especially how they first met. It’s super cute that an accidental text message could start such an awesome story. I have spoken to some people who have said that making friends this way is weird but as someone who has made friends with people on the other side of the country over bookstagram, I think that it is super awesome.
Character Appreciation/Disdain (Sometimes a rant but what can you do?)
Elle: Despite being tormented by her evil step monster and stepsisters, Elle is still a strong and beautiful person. She is such a NERD and I just adore her character immensely, more people should be like Elle.
Darien: Darien is a nervous nerd with a career that means he has to suppress his nerdiness. It’s kind of cool that Darien is almost a bit of a Cinderella himself (he has an evilish parent and friend instead of a step parent and step sisters).
Easy to read and short and sweet, Geekerella was hilarious both in its characters and plot, and its writing. This is the type of book that a lot of people could probably find common ground with because there were a lot of references to other fandoms apart from the main one which was super super awesome (Harry Potter and Star Wars just to name two). This book has two points of view, Elle and Darien, and with them not actually being in the same city as one another for most of the book means that you find out a lot of stuff that would effect the characters without the characters themselves knowing. All of the communication between the main characters consists only of texts for most of the novel which is incredibly frustrating again because of what you end up knowing.
I will admit that I usually judge a book by its cover and, despite being recommended this by quite a number of people, I wasn’t going to buy it. Lucky for me I bought it on a whim to get my shopping cart total up to the right amount to qualify for free shipping. Geekerella was an amazing contemporary fairy tale retelling in a genre mostly populated by fantasy retellings. If you are a fan of Fangirl, Queens of Geek, or just like cool, new and nerdy Cinderellas, then I highly recommend you go and give this a read.