Geekerella, by Ashley Paston

Geekerella - Le Book CornerSynopsis: Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the die-hard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Genre: Contemporary – Young Adult


My thoughts: Before starting to read Geekerella, I only knew two things about it. First, that it was a Cinderella retelling. Second, that at its heart it was a story of fangirls and fanboys, about the love we can have for a fictional character and a fictional universe. And that was all I needed to know I had to read this book.

I flew through this book in just a couple of days, and whenever I wasn’t reading it I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I loved everything about this book: the characters, the story, the humor, the romance… EVERYTHING was on point.

First off, I want to underline how the author managed the retelling aspect of this story. It’s not always easy using elements of a famous fairy tale while writing a unique novel. With Geekerella I felt like it was really cleverly done, and although I could see the retelling, I never felt like I was re-reading Cinderella. This is its own story, with its own universe.

I immediately related to this universe, full of people fangirling over TV shows and fictional characters and sharing their passion online. More than anything, I adored all the pop culture references and great easter-eggs. They really set the story in a “geeky” universe and added a lot of funny moments.

“It’s also awkward to be so short you can see all the way up into someone’s cerebral cortex, but welcome to my life.”

Next up, I fell in love with the characters. Elle is an amazing, strong, young woman. She’s much tougher than she believes herself to be. She doesn’t have an easy life, but she holds on to her dreams and I found her really relatable and moving. As for Darien, he is a fascinating character who leads a double life. There’s the real him, the one we get to know throughout the pages. And then there’s the public figure, the mask he puts on. Both characters are well developed and that is always something I look for in a book.

I loved getting a dual point of view, it’s not something we see a lot in this kind of romance and for a Cinderella retelling it was all the more interesting.

Of course, there’s no Cinderella without a Fairy Godmother! Sage was a great secondary character and I loved how her relationship with Elle evolved.

Finally, I completely believed in the romance. It’s not easy creating a believable story in so few pages but Ashely Paston does it perfectly. She even takes the time to give us a bit of a spin-off which is always something I love. Of course, I wish there could have been a little bit more, but I usually feel that way with contemporary. It really shows my love of the book and its character… otherwise, why would I want more?

If you, like me, like fangirling about movies, TV shows, and books. And if you love cute, original YA contemporaries, Geekerella is the book for you.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

My rating: 4.75/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle

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