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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

Review

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

Ashley Poston’s GEEKERELLA introduces readers to Elle Wittimer, a mega-fan of the classic science-fiction series, Starfield. She grew up watching the show with her late father and after hearing about a cosplay contest for the re-booted Starfield movie, she had to enter. The 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 movie.

That leads us to teen actor Darien Freeman. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon gets closer, Darien feels more and more like a fake --- until he meets a girl who challenges that idea. With evil step-family in Elle’s way and a bad reputation Darien can’t get rid of, they both turn to each other for comfort and find out new things about themselves and each other along the way.

"GEEKERELLA is a story perfect for those who are a part of a fandom and can really understand the importance of putting your feelings into a show/book/etc."

This novel was such a fabulous experience because it was basically an ode to all of us fangirls/boys. The spirit of the story was extremely relatable with all the talk of conventions, couples to ship, and everything in-between. As a member of many different fandoms, I definitely think that Poston encompassed what it’s really like to be in a group of stans perfectly.

I also really admired the characters in the story. Elle has such a wonderful personality and one that was super fun to read through the perspective of. She’s such a passionate person who has had such a tragic upbringing with her mom and dad both dying so it was always lovely to see her successes throughout the series of events. I also really enjoyed Darien as a character because he had this “tough-guy” exterior but is actually a really sweet (and timid) guy. It was really cool getting to read from both of their POVs and I’m so relieved that their voices sounded different because it’s always unfortunate when that isn’t the case.

The supporting characters were also a major benefit to the story since we got to see a load of different personalities. There’s Elle’s best friend Sage, who is this hilarious, eclectic fashion designer and always adds in some humor to the scenes. I also adored Lonny (Darien’s bodyguard) since he acted as a better father figure to the one he already had. I also really liked Elle’s step-sister, Cal, who was super nice and had a great arc by the end of the novel.

Speaking of step-sister…Chloe. That girl is for real the most evil sibling I’ve ever read about in YA and I hope to never see from her again. She was excessively cruel and definitely took after her mother, who I also could not stand. The parallels with the original Cinderella story were very relevant yet had its own little twists and turns to fit modern trends which was interesting to read.

As for the story, I think the plot went along at a great pace. I finished the book extremely fast and even though there were some scenes that made me want to pull my hair out through annoyance, I think that the overall storyline was entertaining and full of emotional tugs to the heart.

Ultimately, GEEKERELLA is a story perfect for those who are a part of a fandom and can really understand the importance of putting your feelings into a show/book/etc. A companion novel for this story is on the way and I am definitely looking forward to more from the chemistry-filled cast of characters and Poston’s amazing writing.

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member on May 29, 2018

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
by Ashley Poston