Tea & Book Chat: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Personal Thoughts:  I’m going to be totally honest here- I was very skeptical of Geekerella before I started reading it.  In theory, I love the idea of books about fandom but they can be SO hit or miss for me.  And *usually* they’re misses.  Plus, it has the word geek in the title so that was also going against it. But after seeing a couple of friends read and enjoy the story, I decided to give it a shot.  Actually, the main point that sold me is that the main character, Elle, works at a vegan food truck called the Magic Pumpkin.  I’m so happy that I didn’t allow my initial hesitation to keep me from reading this book because I ended up giving it 5 stars!

Plot Summary:  Geekerella is a modern day Cinderella retelling following a girl named Elle who finds out that Starfield (aka her lifeblood) is being rebooted as a film franchise.  But they’ve cast a good looking actor known for his work in a soap opera and his constant presence in the tabloids as Carmindor, the lead role.  When he misses a simple Starfield trivia question on a morning show, Starfield fan everywhere are outraged and questioning whether Darien is a real fan fit for his role.  Everything culminates in a cosplay competition at ExcelsiCon where the winner gets a meet and greet at a masquerade ball with Darien himself.

Critique:  This tale is just as charming as the plot summary sounds.  Danielle, or Elle, has been living with her stepmonster and evil stepsisters since her father passed away.  All she has left of him are memories which are strongly tied to her love of Starfield so she has really high hopes that come crashing down when she finds out that Darien is cast as her beloved Carmindor.  All plot points aside, my love of Geekerella comes from the fact that Ashley Poston is able to perfectly capture the feelings of how much a fandom can mean to one person.  Elle’s love of Starfield = my love of Star Wars.  Despite Starfield being more closely akin to Star Trek, I felt completely connected to this fictional fandom.  From the believable catchphrases that fans quote from the series, the personal investment in the characters, the way Starfield fans pour over the old episodes and speculate hopefully about the prospect of something new and exciting, and most importantly, the amount of heart the characters display for their fandom, I felt like I was reading about my life with Star Wars.  I also love the portrayal of the different types of fans that you’ll meet at conventions.  From the accusatory “you’re not a real fan” fan to the welcoming “let me help you with your last minute cosplay” fans, Poston nailed it.  And the fact that Elle runs a Starfield blog that gains popularity as the movie gets cast is so relatable for those of us who’ve loved and blogged about geeky things before they were in the mainstream.  The one thing I wasn’t completely sold on was the romance, but I was completely here for all of the characters separately (Elle, Darien, Sage, etc) and for the fandom feels.

Do I Recommend?:  If you’ve ever been a diehard fan of anything, I think you’ll be able to relate to Geekerella.  I love this book so much more than I had anticipated and I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading my blog, you’re also the target audience!

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Kristin

8 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

  1. I have heard only amazing things about this one!! Glad you enjoyed it too. I have it on my wishlist and need to get it asap. Great review!!
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  2. Eeek yay so good! I’m so glad you liked it. I was a big fan of the premise of the romance (secret pen pal things) but I think it worked better in theory. I loved the fandom aspects; she nailed them!
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  3. This one sounds great! I love that the author really captured fandom and a lot of emotions! Great review!
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  4. Sara S says:

    I was really hoping it was going to be this month’s OwlCrate book, but sadly it wasn’t, so now I’m dying to get it! But I told myself no more books until I’d read a few more! It sounds so so so cute!
    ~Sara
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  5. Celeste says:

    Haha, this books sounds really adorable :D! I just watched the book trailer and my need for it only increased <3
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  6. Mandy says:

    This is definitely my favorite of the fandom books released so far. It’s so cute and real, and doesn’t fall prey to trying to hard and tropes like some of the others.
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  7. I love this book! I read it before it was released and it was amazing.!
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  8. Cassie says:

    Well, you sold me! And I love the book without its jacket, so cute!
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