Growing up, Cinderella was and still is one of my favorite Disney stories. I love when an author takes an old story and puts a new twist to it. Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a fantastic young adult story about Elle Wittimer who grew up watching an old popular sci-fi series with her father – Starfield. She’s a huge fan and blogs about the show. One morning her dreams come true when a new adaptation is announced. But the excitement doesn’t last long when she finds out Prince Carmindor will be played by Hollywood’s up and coming ‘it’ boy Darien Freeman. Elle quickly rants about casting on her blog (she doesn’t hold back how she feels) and overnight becomes an internet sensation.
Darien is also a huge Starfield fan but doesn’t want to let on that he was a big geek growing up. In fact, when his casting is announced on a national morning show, he blows an answer to a trivia question even though it was a no brainer.
Elle’s father who has passed away, used to run a Comicon type convention called ExcelsiCon. Darien has been committed to attend the convention but he hate them as he is supposed to meet fans and small when he really just wants to let his geekiness come out. After texting the phone number he thinks is for the organizer of ExcelsiCon, he ends up texting Elle. This soon turns into a constant text conversation between the two.
Staying true to the Cinderella classic, Elle lives with her terrible Stepmother and stepsisters. Elle decides to enter the Cosplay contest at ExcelsiCon in hopes to win the prize money and move to California, away from her evil Stepmother. Just like the original Cinderella story, there is a “fairy Godmother” who is actually Sage, her young supervisor in the Food truck painted like a huge pumpkin and called what else, The Magic Pumpkin.
I loved this story! This is such a fun twist on the Cinderella story with very modern day characters and modern situations. The characters are fun and a little nutty. I enjoyed Elle with her hopes and dreams and fandom of a sci-fi TV show. I enjoyed Sage who doesn’t really give a crap and I liked Darien who you kind of wonder if some child stars or any celebrities have issues like he does.
I thought this was a lot of fun to read and it definitely can be read over a weekend because you won’t want to put it down.
The one thing I had an issue with is Elle and Damian talking to a stranger through text messaging. With online pedophiles, I found this a little creepy as you don’t know who is on the other side. Other than that, I recommend this book. If I read books more than once, this would be on my rotation.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat