I had no idea that Geekerella was a retelling until I read it for myself. If I knew it was a Cinderella story I would have read it sooner. I know the title is quite similar to cinderella but it never clicked in my mind before. Read on to find out what did I think about this book.
About The Book
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
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.
Author: Ashely Poston
Genre: Teens & YA, Romance
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date Of Publication: 04th April 2017
Format: Audiobook (Narrated By Eileen Stevens and Tristan Morris)
I am a HUGE FAN of fairytale retellings. I just love them! Retellings bring back the stories that I know and love in a new and different way. There is a nostalgic element that keeps taking me back to these kinds of stories. Geekerella does just that. With this book, the classic Cinderella story gets a twenty-first-century makeover. There are elements that are extremely relatable to our generation and honestly, it was such an enjoyable story.
Geekerella tells us the story of Danielle “Elle” Wittimer and Darien Freeman. Elle lives with her step-mother and step-sisters who is treated like a servant and looked down upon by her family. Her only respite is Starfield, a science fiction TV show that she used to watch with her father before he passed away. Darien is a teen actor who is cast to play the lead in the latest Starfield reboot, which leads to severe backlash from the Starfield fandom (including Elle, who blogs about the show). The rest of the story follows the “Cinderella” story where the boy meets the girl at the ball but has no idea who she is.
The Cinderella elements are prevalent throughout the story but not in the ways you expect them to be. The author has given a modern twist to each element in the story. The “Pumpkin” is now a vegan pumpkin orange food truck and the “fairy godmother” is a talented friend who helps Elle get her costume ready for the “ball” which is now a cosplay convention. This book is a tribute to geek and fan culture.
Told from the point of view of both Elle and Darien, we get to see and experience their lives. I found it interesting to get to know the side of the story from the “Prince” angle as well. The book does bring out a lot of modern-day toxic fan culture and I was glad I got to read about it. It shows us how the internet can have adverse effects on the minds and mental health of celebrities who are targeted by memes and hate articles.
Eileen Stevens and Tristan Morris do an amazing job in narrating the book. The pace is brilliant and you feel the emotions fly off the page as if you are experiencing what the characters are yourself. After a while, you tend to forget that you are listening to them read the story.
TRIGGER WARNING if you do read this on audio and if you are triggered easily. There is a lot of emotional blackmailing, gaslighting, and plain nastiness that may get to you. I had to pause reading for a while because of how triggering certain scenes were. I don’t think this would affect you as much if you read the book.
Geekerella is a fun story that leaves you feeling warm and cozy after reading it. If you loved watching Hillary Duff’s A Cinderella Story as a child, then this book is one that I am sure you will enjoy. Ashley Poston has written two more books in the “Once Upon A Con” series that is based on The Prince And The Pauper and Beauty And The Beast. I really hope to read them soon because I cannot get enough of this retelling.
About the Author
Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English and went on to work at both Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing. But the dazzling bright lights of New York City couldn’t keep her away from old country roads, so she moved back home to pursue a full-time writing career. Her books have been on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, among others.
Want to read this book? You can find it available for purchase on Amazon.
Want to read more retellings? I recently reviewed Of Curses And Kisses by Sandhya Menon which is a retelling of Beauty And The Beast.