Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Retelling
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Geekerella is a love letter to fan culture. It is literally the perfect book for any type of fan. Like if you have any sort of deep connection/obsession with an aspect of pop culture or even non-pop culture. If you’re a fan you will connect with this book.
From the title you can tell this is obviously a retelling. I loved the classic fairytale storyline that was twisted and altered to fit this awkward, modern, kind of geeky time, characters, and culture. I mean we get a magic pumpkin food truck, like it’s perfect. It does involve some suspension of disbelief as these things play out in the real world.
This story is told in dual point of view, which I think is great because otherwise we would’ve ended up with a bland prince charming—just like in the original story. Instead, Darien gets his own voice and we get to know his side and love him just as much as our protagonist Elle.
First, I’m going to touch on the evil step-mother and sisters—one of the classic Cinderella story elements. Elle’s stepmother is this like fake Barbie character who is all about image. She has Elle do all this work and doesn’t really care for or love her like a mother. To be expected. The sisters had a little bit of a different dynamic. There was one like more evil sister and the other one kind of just gets dragged around by her sister and her mom—she has this like shred of possibility in her and I liked that.
And now to our princess, Elle. I loved how she is such a fan. Her thing is Starfield, this classic cult sci-fi series that she grew up watching with her father. She is like obsessed in every way. She used to attend cons. She has a blog where she talks about the episodes—which as a blogger I really loved that element to her, I just didn’t think it was taken as seriously as blogging is if you want to be successful. Anyway, this teen heart-throb actor is going to play her Prince Carmindor in the new Starfield movie reboot and it is unacceptable to her.
Elle was just great to hang out and be with. She is strong-willed, has a great quipy sense of humor, and really is just a geek. I connect with that. And at the same time, because of her situation and loses, she is really vulnerable and afraid of what her future would be like. Her story is an old one that could be unsympathetic and played out but I felt for her and her emotions and plight still felt fresh.
Darien is our teen heart-throb and prince. I liked him. I am really glad there is finally a retelling where the prince charming has some personality to him. Darien is the teen actor who is about to play Prince Carmindor in the Starfield reboot. No one really knows it, but deep down he is geeky and a Starfield nerd. He is famous but he is still just a teenager. There is this whole thing with his dad being his manager that resulted in tension and I ended up really feeling for him. He has his own issues without it being like aww poor rich actor kid. And I mean people are trashing him and he is going to play his idol so there is some insecurity there.
He was just really cute with a sense of humor. I was definitely swooning over him at times. And he is a man of color. This is a diverse read. There are also two LGBTQ characters that have a bit more of a smaller role.
Darien and Elle’s relationship plays out via text message—very Hillary Duff Cinderella Story. I found it cute. Like the messages were so sweet and funny and awkward and fan-ny. Elle calls him her Prince Carmindor. It is adorable. Everything is just so painfully obvious. And it all just culminates and comes to head at this big con—like the perfect setting for a geek/fan book.
You know the plot—yes it is predictable—but like the original tale, Geekerella is just enchanting. It’s a story that will have you rooting for the characters until the end. I think my biggest recomendation is that I got an ecopy of this book for review, but I’m going to go out and buy myself a hard copy so I can have it on my shelf.