Book title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Contempory, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Targeted Group: YA
Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
So I’ve been wanting to read this since May this year after I read the blurb which is as follows:
Anything can happen once upon a con…
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.
What self confessed geek would not want to read this. To me it seems humorous and so far reviews I’ve seen seem mixed but I won’t let negative reviews stop me.
So Elle is a Starfield fanatic and grew up on stories of her mother who her father met at a Comic Con. Elle is a blogger who really doesn’t like the casting of the new Starfield movie and makes it well known
Darien is an actor who grew up watching Starfield but has to keep his Geekiness under wraps to protect his image and his insured abs (yes his abs are insured). When he finds he’s going to a con he finds a number online to try and cancel but the number is wrong and yet he still messages the person on the other end.
The cover kinda gives you an idea about parts of the story. To the front we have who I assume is Elle texting in front of the magic pumpkin food truck and on the back we have (again who I assume to be) Darien on his phone outside a trailer.
Elle appears to be a typical introverted nerd girl quoting her favourite to shows (I swear by my pretty floral bonnet that I do this often). She’s an outcast and deals with it well after an incident at school the year before. She faces her bullies everyday but feels she’s a disappointment to everyone. To me she’s the biggest hero as she tries to conquer these each and everyday as some live under the same roof.
Darien (Dare) is an incredibly attractive and simultaneously a giant dork (basically my ultimate weakness).
What an absolute sweetheart he is. I have to say he pleasantly surprised me. I thought “ok here comes the mindless prince that’s required to fit the story line” but I think he was very well written.
With Catherine my first impression was that of Amy Poehler in mean girls no idea why she just did.
Typical evil Stepmother. Not quite Lady Tremaine from Disney’s Cinderella but still despicable. YOU HAVE THREE DAUGHTERS!!! SORT IT OUT!!!
Chloe seems like your typical mean girl (which is fitting if Amy Poelher is her mother) as she passed a video of Elle around school and made it viral just because she can. This girl is pure evil and thinks Elle gets everything she wants. No Elle works bloody hard to get what she wants. It’s not handed to her on a silver platter.
Calliope (Cal) just seems to be in Chloe’s shadow and does everything her twin sister tells her to. Cal however, does have several redeeming factors but Chloe is just evil
Sage is funny and has a no nonsense approach about her. She reminded me of Zendaya’s Michelle from Spider-Man homecoming
Gail and Lonny are almost like Darien’s substitute parents. They definitely care about him more than his parents do.
There are several minor characters but they’re not really worth mentioning here at the moment.
Let me start by saying WOW. I was expecting some fandom references but there was plenty to take account of. Doctor Who, Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR and the Hobbit and I think there was a bit of Firefly too and there uses were bang.
I was not disappointed in this book. I read it in less than a day as I couldn’t put it down. I really liked the fact that it was about Conic Con and that that particular one was synonymous with the two main characters for different reasons but it did tie in nicely.
I only finished reading it on Sunday night and I’ve already been telling people in a group I’m in to read it. I honestly can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend. Well done Ashley Poston.