There have been so many times that I have held my breath, waiting to see who will be cast as a beloved character. Some have met my approval – Claire and Jamie from Outlander. Others have broken my heart – I’m pointing at you entire cast of Twilight (yes – it mattered very much to this grown woman). I completely understood Elle Wittimer from Chapter 1 of Geekerella. Her world crashes down when her favorite character is clearly miscast . . . Or is he?
I very much enjoyed this Geek girl version of Cinderella, and I’m not alone – this book has a 4+ star rating with more than 500 reviewers on Goodreads!
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.
This retelling of Cinderella is a contemporary take, perfect for anyone who has ever loved a fandom. The decision to make “Prince Charming” a movie star is brilliant, and the fact that his side of the story is an important part of the plot adds a lot to the tale you think you know. And you do know this story, but if you think that means you won’t feel anxious, you are wrong. This evil stepmother is wicked, and if her brand of mean feels a bit thick at times, it doesn’t stop you from feeling outraged when she pulls her ugly stunts. Despite her dark cloud, the modern touches are charming – from the pumpkin themed food truck to the decidedly modern take on the fairy godmother – it is worth reading just to study the parallels. The vibe is more teen movie than fairytale, but I think it will appeal to a pretty broad audience. I’m definitely adding it to my high school classroom library wishlist and recommending it to fans of reimagined fairy tales as well as those who love a good fandom. Language and situations are appropriate for grades 9+, but adults can enjoy it as well.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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