Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: April 04, 2017
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.
Geekerella is a modern-day retelling of Cinderella with a touch of fandom culture. It is a book that anyone can relate to. The added touch of the fandom culture is what gives the story its own identity compared to the classic Cinderella story.
The main character, Elle, is not far from the Cinderella that we know and love. The stepmother and the annoying stepsisters give off the Cinderella vibes. But compared to Cinderella, Elle is a dedicated and die-hard fan of a movie franchise that is quite similar to Star Wars.
There are two things that I love about this book. The first is the fandom culture. I can see every fangirl or fanboy resonating with Elle’s personality when it comes to being skeptical about a reboot of our favorite movie or TV series, and the same skepticism was given to movie adaptation of books. Her outright judgment on the actor who will play the lead role on her favorite series reminds me so much of myself whenever I became skeptical about actors portraying my favorite characters.
The second thing that I love about this book is the anonymous cyber friend trope. In the past year, I have been looking for books that include this trope. I have read quite a few, but this is one of those stories where you could feel the connection between the two individuals who are exchanging messages.
In addition to that, I like Darien as a love interest. He has his own story, and the author makes him feel like a human even though he was a celebrity. I also like how their first meeting is not a love and first sight scenario.
My only issue with this book is the ending. I am not fully satisfied, especially with how things ended with Elle’s stepsister and stepmother. But other than that, this book is a fun read.
If you are looking for a light read or a fun romance with some family aspect to it, try this book! Highly recommend.
That is all for this review.
Until next time!