Book Review, Contemporary, Retelling, Romance, YA

Review: Geekerella


 ★★★/ 5

Author: Ashley Poston
Genre:  YA, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depositry
MVP: Sage
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi 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’s 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.


“Do I not meet your fangirl expectation?”

There is nothing I love more than a good retelling, pop culture references, romance and some texting. In Poston’s novel, Geekerella, the retelling of the classic fairy tale of Cinderella is fun, charismatic and easy to read. Unlike most retelling’s, Geekerella  follows two point of views; our modern day Cinderella, Danielle Wittimer, and our prince charming, Darien Freeman. The stepmother in Poston’s version is portrayed as a vain, cruel and selfish party planner similar to Disney’s version of Cinderella Story, however this was the first retelling I’ve read where the twins weren’t nearly as wicked as they usually are – at least one of them anyhow.

Personally, I was impressed and drawn in by the endless pop culture references, specifically for the science fiction content and enjoyed stumbling along beside the main character. This novel was fun, easy to read and indulged my inner nerd. In the end I was torn between giving Geekerella  3 or a 4 star rating, but ultimately settled on a 3. It’s a light read, and great for a summer afternoon spent down by the beach or beside a pool. While the references to current pop culture where spot on, I don’t know how this book will stand the test of time or read to future generations. Either way, it was a great read and I would recommend this to anyone who likes fairytales or cute contemporary reads.


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