Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult
My Copy: Review Copy via Quirk Books
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Synopsis: 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.
When I first read the synopsis for Ashley Poston’s Geekerella, I knew I had to read it and quickly added it to my to-be-read list! And when I was given the opportunity to review it, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I was able to read Geekerella and I can’t wait to reread it! Geekerella is a beautiful love letter to fandoms everywhere.
We have great character development. Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is a blogger and a devoted fan of the sci-fi show, Starfield. She’s lonely and doesn’t think she’s worthy of having friends. I could associate with Elle and longed to give her a hug. And then of course we have Darien Freeman, teen heartthrob and now carrying the weight of world all because of a role. I liked Darien even though at first I wasn’t sure what to make of him. He’s very down to earth, but has some trust issues (which is normal considering his line of work). We have a wide array of secondary characters that play a vital role including Sage, Elle’s kickass coworker and Gail, Darien’s personal assistant. Elle’s stepmother and stepsisters will make you want to punch them.
What I adored about Geekerella was the world building of Starfield. We’re given just enough info to know the basics, but through Elle, we get to experience it for the first time. If I wasn’t a Rebelgunner at the time, I sure became one by the end! I also really enjoyed the texting between Elle and Darien and how they didn’t know they were texting each other. It reminded me of the Meg Ryan / Tom Hanks movie, You Got Mail. It was charming and like Elle and Darien, I found myself eagerly anticipating the next text and smiling for hours after. The grand reveal, when both their identities are revealed, is gut wrenching. I won’t go into detail because you need to experience it. Throughout the book, I laughed and cried and even now, five days after finishing Geekerella, I’m still smiling. Poston made me want to find my own Carmindor and say, “I hear the observation deck is nice this time of year, Carmindor.” Ack! The feelings!
There’s a particular scene where Elle reminisces about the show and how her father introduced her to it. I had to stop and take a breather because memories of watching Star Trek with my dad came flooding. That newbie feeling hit as well as the longing; then there’s the feeling of never getting to experience a beloved sci-fi show for the first time. I remember my first con, it was a Star Trek convention in little old El Paso, Texas and Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura for those not familiar with Star Trek) was the headline. I wanted to wear my Starfleet uniform (complete with Vulcan ears) that I wore the year before for Halloween, but my parents said no, “people will look at you weird.” Upon arriving at the El Paso Convention Center, it hit me-these were my people and my people dressed up as their favorite characters. At that moment, I was sad I didn’t have my Starfleet uniform on. And all these wonderful memories that I had forgotten about came as I read Geekerella. Like Elle, my dad introduced me to Star Trek and anything Sci-fi. In elementary school, a girl named Opal and I could be found in the Geo Dome Climber on the playground, pretending to be on some distant planet sent to explore it while fighting off some invisible villain. Poston reminded me, while I feel alone at times, I’m not-I can always turn to my fandom friends. And, that’s what I really loved about Geekerella-the acceptance and knowing there are others like me out there.
Overall, Ashley Poston’s Geekerella was perfection! It’s become a favorite book and it makes me really wish Starfield was real. If you’re a passionate fan of Star Trek or any show (not just Sci-fi shows), I highly recommend you get a copy of Geekerella. It’ll become your favorite book of the year!