Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Count: 320
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”
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.
Geekerella was a very hyped book release for the second half of 2017, and for good reasons! This is the book for every fangirl out there as it encapsulates every feeling of being a part of a fandom. It’s geeky, adorable, and a wonderful retelling of Cinderella.
The story follows Elle, the biggest fan of a show called Starfield (very similar to Star Trek), and her annoyance over the TV casting of her beloved show. I’m sure we’ve all been there, right? One thing that immediately helped me connect to Elle was her devotion to her fandom, as she even runs a dedicated blog! The other main perspective of the novel is the actor who was cast as Price Carmindor (kind of like Kirk), Darien. The thing is, Darien is a huge fan of Starfield, but isn’t even allowed to show it because of his image from a previous TV show.
The relationship between Elle and Darien was the cutest thing in the entire world, perhaps even in the universe (into the stars- get it?). I’m quite picky about my contemporary novels, but this one had everything I could ask for. A naturally developed romance based on friendship and personalities, the growth of a wonderful friendship, main characters sticking up for their beliefs, and of course… geek fandoms. I loved seeing how Sage and Elle bonded through their work in the food truck, and I also enjoyed seeing Elle stand up to her step-mother and step-sister(s).
Elle was one of the most relatable protagonists I’ve read in a while. She’s brave in her own way, kind, funny, and yet has her own insecurities. Even though Elle’s birth parents have died, the book still manages to create such a heartwarming connection between them and Elle. I’m not going to lie, Elle’s tribute to her parents in the end made me cry like a baby. I also found Darien to be extremely likable, as his character was so fleshed out. Part of the reason why this book was so engaging was watching all of the characters grow out their expected personas. Elle was expected to never stand up to her step-mother, and Darien was expected to be just another shallow actor. Both of them completely blew those expectations out of the water, and it was beautiful.
Everything in this novel was so pure and heartwarming, and I couldn’t have wanted it in any other way. I loved it so much that I devoured this book in a little under seven hours, staying up way too late, just to finish it. The plot, the characters, the story development, and the relationship were all so wonderful.
Overall, if you haven’t read Geekerella yet, I highly recommend it. I promise you, it will make your day 100 times better than it was before. Everything is simply so adorable. Just remember to look to the stars, aim, ignite.