Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320 pages
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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. 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 the 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.
From the moment I read the summary of Geekerella I just knew I had to read it. I devoured it in a couple of days and by the end of it I wanted more. Geekerella is a retelling on the Cinderella tale. It stays pretty faithful to the original story so you’ll know how it goes and which characters you should hate. Our main character Elle is nothing like Cinderella though while she does all the Cinderella chores her stepmother Catherine assigns her she is a geek and her stepsisters know it. Instead of being supportive and tell her to embrace her inner geekiness, they’re spiteful and horrible except for Callie who seems to be the only sympathetic one in the family and even warns Elle about Chloe’s intentions.
While I can’t relate to Elle’s character I liked her character. She seems to be mopey a lot because her dad left her and everyone else in her family makes it feel like she’s a burden instead of acknowledging the fact. Then, suddenly Prince Charming Darien comes along via wrong number on the phone (how many times do we wish that happens in real life? Though of course I never answer my phone from strangers even if it’s about a con we’re both attending.) and Elle’s life starts to slow change. Little did she know that Darien happens to be the same Darien who she just saw on TV and it’s kind of weird that they both fall for each other through a phone. What if Darien happened to be an sleazy old perverted guy? I think she should’ve taken more precaution about things like that, but since this is a teen novel it has to be a teen because it’s a meet cute novel. Anyways I really liked reading from both Elle’s and Darien’s point of view. They’re both fans of the show Starfield and yet they couldn’t have been any more different. I wish the romance developed a bit more with more face to face you’re the one moments.
On the other hand the thing I could relate to about Elle was her secret fangirl life. Despite it being 2017 where our culture has embrace inner geek it’s still hard to meet people in real life who enjoys the fandoms you’re into without being awkward at the end. For example, the number of times I’ve mentioned so do you watch Doctor Who/Sherlock or read Harry Potter and they’re just giving you this blank look or answers like I’ve seen the movies isn’t exactly the answers you’re hoping to get. And when you do get a omg you watch it or read it too gets a thrill every time. That’s how it is for Elle. She lives vicariously through online because no one in her family understand her obsession and the only person that does passed away until she starts chatting with Sage and introducing Sage to her crazy fandom ways. Which, by the way, I totally adore their unexpected friendship.
If you like meet cute fluff, Cinderella, or is just craving for something geeky Geekerella is the perfect book that had me curling my toes and made me want to rewatch Doctor Who after.