Geekerella / Ashley Poston / Quirk Books / 2017 / ISBN 9781594749933 / 320 Pages / Young Adult
Book Blurb –
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 step mother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all – not to mention a fangirls’ 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 Dairen feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
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 freedom.
My Thoughts –
Well what can I say about this book other than OMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR SO FAR! I was given a copy of this book by Penguin Teen Australia in exchange for an honest opinion. I was lucky enough to go there Showcase event at the beginning of the year, where I was introduced to this book and since then I have been waiting, impatiently to get my hands on it.
You know how they say that there aren’t any original ideas left in the world and everything that is written is just a copy. Well Geekerella is a Cinderella rewrite in a cool and unexpected way. The story follows many of the same principles of Cinderella, except that it is in the twenty first century and there are so many nerdy references in the book and I loved every single one of them.
Elle and Darien are the two main characters of this books. The book alternates through both of their stories. Elle is stuck with an awful stepmother and wicked step sisters as her father and mother have passed away. She works in a vegan food truck which has an awesome name and loves all things Starfield. Starfield is like Star Wars and Star Trek and I wish it was a real television show because it sounds amazing. After finding her father old Cosplay outfit, Elle is determined to go to the Cosplay contest which is being held at the Convention. With the help of a new friend, Elle gets the costume of her dreams. That is until her wicked step sister ruins it for her. Then the story declines into the mayhem of the original story. And there are a few different happily ever after.
“I hide the phone under my pillow. Because I’m not a princess. And this is the impossible universe, where nothing good ever happens” page 117
I love this book so much. From the fact that it is a retelling of an original fairy tale, to the concept of fandoms that is used to make it different, the weird names and the whole thing is a great combination of everything the author must love. From epic romantic scenes to heartbreaking awful family scenes, the writing in this book is raw and emotional and everything you want it to be. It is the kind of book that will suck you in and make you read it in one sitting.
I must say Ashley Poston must have one active imagination. She has very obviously worked very hard and researched a lot of different things because she gets it all right. She brings an entire world within the world she has already made come to life flawlessly and there is a bit of an Inception thing that goes on in same parts. Postons’ love and passion for nerdy things is very evident and there isn’t anything I can fault about this book other than that is wasn’t long enough and there should be a lot more.
If you like fairy tale rewrites with a big twist, a fan girl or boy about anything ‘nerdy’, than this is the book for you.
**I was given a copy of this book from Penguin Books in exchange for an open and honest opinion. All opinions expressed in the review above are mine and mine only**
I give this book 4.9 out of 5 Booky Stars!
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