Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: April 4th, 2017
Genres: Fiction, YA, Re-telling, Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.
I seemed to miss the fairy-tale re-telling train when it was at its peak, but I’ve been reading quite a few of them in the last year. Cinderella seems to be one that can fit every bunch of different genres and doesn’t seem to feel tired. I mean, if you’re into retellings you an end up reading the six books with the same storyline in a short period time, but there is something about Cinderella that makes it so I could read that storyline a million times and never get bored.
This interpretation was adorable. I enjoyed the geek/nerd culture of it. The book touched lightly on “fake geeks” and gatekeeping and what it means to be a fan. I liked the message this book had at that point, you’re a fan of a thing if you like it, you don’t have to be able to recite facts and be immersed in everything about it to be a “real fan.”
In nearly every version of Cinderella, the evil-stepmother character walks a very fine line to being over the top, and I think Catherine is very close to that line. She obviously treats Elle differently than her own daughters and is much harsher with Elle than the twins.
The love interest, Darrin, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like at the beginning, but he grew on me. I knew there was more to him that what we were getting at the start of the book and as it progressed his character developed into a good guy.
I loved the idea of a wrong number text turning into love. I think it was a nice 2017 spin on the story. It made it more than just loving someone because they are a “Prince” and getting to know a person before they meet.
Overall this was incredibly cute, and quick read. I like to read a lot of romance stories in the summer because I almost always read through them quickly. This for me was the perfect summer reading in the park book. I loved it. If you haven’t read it yet, I think you will too.
Until next time Internet,