Author: Ashley Poston
Pub: April 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Great for teens (and has great crossover appeal for older readers), Geekerella follows seventeen year old Elle Wittimer, stuck in a social-climbing step-family. A long time fan of the sci-fi show Starfield, she’s excited for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation and for the chance to attend ExcelsiCon, a fan convention established by her late father. Darien Freeman, the Hollywood heartthrob has been cast as Prince Carmindor. Secretly, a long time fan of Starfield, he wonders if he could do the role justice. A chance text-encounter brings our protagonists to explore themselves and their appreciation for their beloved sci-fi show.
Geeky and fandom-filled, Geekerella is a fun retelling of the classic Cinderella. Thoroughly enjoyable, sweet, and heartwarming at times, Geekerella not only follows our “cinderella”, but our “prince charming” as well. Elle and Darien’s voices are animated, touching, and inspirational.
Even if you’re not in a science fiction show (and related) fandoms, I think nerds and geeks alike will appreciate the way fandom culture is portrayed in Geekerella. You don’t have to be in a fandom to appreciate it of course. Everyone can enjoy the witty banter between the characters and the easy way Poston is able to pull us into the story.
I’ve been wanting to read a modern take on Cinderella and this book did not disappoint. Interesting enough, I found a lot of similarities between Geekerella and Ever After (the Drew Barrymore movie).
What I really liked was how we got read from both Elle and Darien’s perspectives. With a Dual-POV book, it’s sometimes hard to differentiate between voices, but Poston is able to give them unique voices, experiences, and their own trepidations and set-backs.
Also, in Dual-POV books sometimes you want to rush to the next character’s perspective, but I couldn’t wait to read from both Elle and Darien’s point of view. The side-characters were given adequate page-time and we’re given time to get to know and care about them too (at least, the ones we’re supposed too).
Geekerella also features LGBT+ characters, POC rep (our Prince is of Indian heritage (if I’m wrong, please correct me) and the issue of white-washing in the Hollywood industry.
This contemporary-romance has doses of enemies-to-lovers, a pinch of star-crossed lovers, and, to my understanding, You’ve Got Mail elements (but, I can’t be sure since I haven’t seen the film).
Geekerella is downright cute and heartwarming read. A fun, modern, fan-filled take on the Cinderella story. Great for Cinderella and fandom geeks alike.
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