By Ashley Poston
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 diehard 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.
Within minutes of starting this book, I knew that I was in love with the main character. While I often admire the protagonists in the books that I read, it’s not often that I relate so whole-heartedly with one (besides the whole orphan and evil step-mother/sisters thing). Elle (first of all, favourite name!) is a total scifi nerd, she is addicted to the now cancelled TV show Starfield. She blogs about the show, she used to go to conventions for the show. She is so inspired that she wants to go to college to become a screen writer so that she can inspire others with her own shows.
This is 17 year old me EXACTLY. Just replace “Starfield” with “Stargate”. I was so passionate about Stargate and wanted nothing more than to be involved in creating a show that would inspire others like it did me. Geekerella was a nostalgic ride, reminding me of those fandom days. I’m not sure if I’ve grown out of it or there’s just nothing good on TV that I’ve fallen as in love with.
Geekiness aside, Geekerella is a truly adorable modern-day retelling of Cinderella. I love how Poston wove the classic Cinderella elements into the story (like working in an orange pumpkin food truck). And the romance of the story was really well written. The narrative switches between the two main characters as they get to know each other, and even though you know that it’s going to have a Cinderella ending, you still hold out for these two characters to get together and learn the other’s true identity.
After devouring this in a day, I’m over here dying while waiting for Ashley Poston’s next book “Heart of Iron”. It’s set in space (!!!!!).