Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Number of pages: 320
Originally published: 4 April 2017
My rating: *****
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.
There is not much more I can add that has not already been said in the synopsis without making this spoilery, I actually think that the synopsis captures the book quite well. However, I will add a few extra details.
At the start we are introduced to a teen girl called Elle, who lives with her stepmother and her two step-sisters and works in a vegan food truck that is called the ‘Magic Pumpkin’ . If this sounds similar to you, the reason for that is that this book is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, this story is set in the modern world and revolves around Elle’s fandom ‘Starfield’.
Elle has a blog on which she posts her thoughts, feelings and more about Starfield, including her immense hate towards the actor that has been cast as Carmindor in the series reboot: Darien Freeman. Things get complicated when Darien reads this blog and starts anonymously texting an anonymous girl that seems to connect with him very VERY much, this girl is Elle……..
This book isn’t simply paragraph after paragraph, it includes all the texts between Elle and Damien. I forgot what these types of books are called in the book community, if you remember please remind me in the comments I would be really thankful.
This book is also written with two POVs: Elle’s and Damien’s, and this just made the book so good and extra funny!
What a pretty cover that sums up the book perfectly, I really love the colour gradient.
OMG OMG OMG. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was just the book I needed after reading all those fantasy and sci-fi books, it was light, fluffy, cute and surprisingly a quick read. I read this book really quickly even though it was the time of my exams, I just needed more and more.
I am so happy I eventually ended up reading this book, I loved the concept at first then decided that perhaps it wasn’t for me. Then I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my friend who, I know likes contemporaries. After I came back from my holidays I just felt the urge to buddy read it with her, and I did, and I am SO HAPPY that I did.
If you have read some of my previous posts you will know that Contemporaries and I don’t go together but this book was an exception. I loved how it was so modern and how it was so relatable with it’s fandom. I really enjoyed the insta-love, I think I just needed such simple type of love after everything I read before this book. The love in this book was just super cute and in my opinion, just perfect. I was waiting anxiously for the moment that they finally realise who they are (‘that awful blogger’ and the ‘horrible actor’) or the moment they meet.
I must admit that some things happened in this book that just made me furious/angry/sad/frustrated, I am not sure exactly what that feeling was, perhaps a mix of all of them. However, after I managed to calm down after those moments I realised that what happened was very predictable as it was the connection to the original Cinderella fairy tale, I really don’t know how I didn’t see it coming. As well as that, there is actually quite a big plot twist! Totally didn’t see it coming, perhaps because in fact this book wasn’t written perfectly there were flaws but since I enjoyed it some much I overlooked them and still gave the book 5/5 stars.
This review is a bit different than others because I love this book so much I just couldn’t criticise it and name it’s flaws, for me it was perfect!! I really recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet. I would say that this would be an excellent book to get you out of a reading slump.
If you have read this book please tell me and we can fangirl over it in the comments!
Happy reading (this book….)