Geekerella

Geekerella

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Book - 2017
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Geek girl Ellie hopes to go to ExcelsiCon Cosplay to meet the actor (closet nerd Darien) scheduled to play Federation Prince Carmindor in a reboot of the movie Starfield.
Publisher: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : Quirk Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781594749476
Characteristics: 319 pages ;,23 cm.

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LibraryLeia
Apr 28, 2020

I wasn't sure what to expect when I checked out this book but I was pleasantly surprised with it! Geekerella is a fantastic, fun, fandom-filled, modern-day, re-telling of Cinderella. Poston does a wonderful job creating the back story for the sci-fi series that the book centers around, as well as main characters that the reader will root for. Elle and Darien's relationship is a sweet, believable, romance. This book was an absolute breath of fresh air.

JCLMirandaA Apr 06, 2020

A purist Fangirl isn’t totally on board with the remake of her favourite SciFi show into new movies and this is partially due to the soap opera star that’s been cast as the lead, who hides his inner geek because it wouldn’t be ‘on brand’ for his career. A mistaken text leads to a full-blown penpal relationship between the lead of blockbuster and the blogger that criticized his casting. A fandom twist on Cinderella from the traditional elements like evil stepmother/sisters and the not-so-traditional vegan pumpkin truck. I liked the characters and I think it gave a nice view of fandom that felt true (which is probably fitting since the author is in fandom herself). It is a bit predictable (as most adaptions are), but as far as I’m concerned that didn’t diminish my enjoyment at all. It feels immediate and like a love letter to fandom. It’s such a fun read, I definitely enjoyed myself and made me want to immediately turn to the next in this One Upon a Con series (which, spoiler, I did). It’s not for those looking for heavy reads, but quite a fun light read that will still get you in the nerdy feels.

ForestGrove_LilyH Mar 05, 2020

Absolutely predictable, but also completely charming. This is the modern retelling of Cinderella where the ball is a comic con, the prince is a teenage heartthrob staring in (and potentially ruining) the reboot of a beloved franchise, the fairy godmother is a teenager with green hair, and the carriage is a Vegan Food Truck called the Magic Pumpkin!

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LaNomada01
Dec 27, 2019

There’s something about the familiar. It’s comforting, yet frustrating at the same time. And that’s what this book is to me. I love retellings, it’s what got me into this game of reading and it’s honestly what will keep me here. This book however has several moments where you ask yourself - ‘really this again, another overly cruel stepmother’ or ‘oh look they took the dress - surprise.’

A part of me was ready to put the book down but then I found myself attached. Attached to the characters of this story and not necessarily those you would think. I fell in love with Sage - this versions Fairy Godmother. I fell in love with the princes manager and bodyguard. I fell in love with the convention, the fans. Falling in love with those characters made me appreciate the main characters, they made me want to know what happened next. Because of them, I cared. And that’s the hardest hurdle to go over when you write a retelling. A feat I believe Ashley Poston has succeeding in doing here.

I will be reading the next book, “The Princess and the Geek Girl” because I’m enthralled by the idea of the characters. Read this book if you’re having a lull in reading - enjoy the fun, enjoy the familiar and embrace the Geekiness in it that speaks to all of us.

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terryginz
Sep 10, 2019

When I looked at the cover, I instantly wanted to read this. It started out pretty good but towards the middle, it became very annoying to me. The reason is not that it's predictable but it became very flat to me like the author was trying to fill the pages.

I liked Elle's character and I especially liked Sage's character (she's my favorite in this book). I also liked their friendship. I liked the obsession about Starfield in the book and the whole blogging and living for it. I was okay about Darien Freeman but he was too nice I guess which didn't add any interesting dimensions to his character. And don't even get me started on that Brian and his contribution to the story, it was unnecessary or could have been better or may be not at all be in the book. The whole book fell flat for me when Elle's actually done with her costume because when she knows the circumstances at her home, why oh why doesn't she leave the costume at Sage's house. I mean a lot could have been avoided but I guess the author wouldn't have anything else to take the story further.

When Elle gets to the con how everyone just sacrifices was again way over the top and of course she had to be rude to Darien Freeman when she first meets him. I mean, she doesn't stand up to her step-mother or step-sisters but she does stand up to a stranger who is also a Hollywood actor. Yes, I know she didn't think Darien should have gotten the part but she has the right to take out all the frustration on him but not where she should really be taking it out.

Yeah yeah, they get together in the end and she moves into Sage's house. All good. I never find out if her step-mother has sold the house or not. I guess, it could have been better and I really wanted this to be better but this book mostly disappointed me.

Also, all the grammatical errors in the book and the writing felt a bit like fan-fiction writing. I guess that's what the author was going for but that doesn't explain the grammatical errors.

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jul 17, 2019

What a great book!! From a great author comes a great story about a space themed TV show fan-girl and an acclaimed actor. Darian is hired to perform in a remake of a popular 1980's TV show and Elle decides to enter the cosplay contest and fate intervenes. When Darian accidentally texts Elle mistaking her number for another their love story begins. But they don't know who the other is. Elle hates Darian believing him to be a stuck up actor ruining a great show and Darian hates a certain blogger who seems to hate him. If they knew who the other was would their love still prevail? Filled with the kind of twists that will leave you begging for more Geekerella is a great book for young teens.

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AConsolver
May 16, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy contemporary YA, and nerd culture.

Ella grew up with her parents who met at a Starfield convention, even after their deaths, she carries the love of the show in her heart. When the movie-rooboot of Starfield is announced, Ella has a lot to say about it on her blog, namely how disappointed she is with the pick for the lead... a teen heart throb pretty boy. Darien is a fan of Starfield too, and it is his dream to be cast as the lead. However, his father/manager doesn't want the world to know that he's a nerd. It isn't "on brand". When Darien texts Elle by mistake they form an instant connection over all things Starfield that will help them navigate their various trials. Hers: an evil stepmother and catty stepsisters, His: an over-controlling dad/manager and all of the publicity stunts that come with being a star.

At first this book was just a little slow for me, but very quickly I became wrapped up in the plot and in the made up fandom of Starfield. It reminded me a bit of Fangirl in that way, but it didn't include fan fiction... just as an FYI for people who were not into that. :) I think the thing that I appreciated the most was how many points of the original tale were woven into this re-telling. It wasn't just Cinderella themed with the right family structure, Poston pulled in the pumpkin, the stroke of midnight, the shoe, etc. which was unusual and I really enjoyed it. I liked the teenage mindset, and I thought that the way they talked about the show and the importance of fiction was so important. Overall it was very cute! I am excited to read the companion book that came out recently.

IndyPL_MaryL Mar 27, 2019

A fun twist on a classic tale, great for anyone in a fandom. Though at times some of the "geek" references are a little heavy handed, it's fun to recognize some of my own favorites, particularly those under-appreciated, get some attention.

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

This one hit all my sweet spots: fairytale retelling, geek-centric, authentic voice, believably diverse cast, and sweet romance. I do adore a geek-centric story, when it comes from an honest fandom voice. My favorite is still (by far) The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love, but this one is definitely in my top three. Here's why:

♥ It's clever, but it sticks true to elements of Cinderella (especially the Ever After version), so while the major plot points were obviously going to happen, the hook and tension was in the details.
♥ The text conversations/flirtations between Elle and Darien were sweet, funny, and believable.
♥ Both main characters- heroine and hero- were developed. This isn't just Elle's show.
♥ While the verbal abuse, manipulation, and controlling nightmare of Elle's house is present, it isn't the primary focus. It doesn't serve to develop her as a character more than her love for her deceased father, which feels authentic both to reality and to the original character of Cinderella (who has to have been clinging to something hopeful).
♥ There's representation of the fandom community, both the good (community help) and the bad ("you aren't geek enough because you're a girl" b.s.)
♥ Everyone not a villain has to take risks in this story in order to experience wonderful things. I think that's as important of a message for side characters as it is for main characters.

In short, it's a sweet, believable romance. If you go to cons or write fanfic or are a fan of Firefly, Star Trek, BSG, etc., you'll enjoy it that much more. I recommend it for fans of contemporary YA romance, fairytale retellings, and the fandom community (especially those of us who grew up on scifi, thanks to our fathers).

JCLHebahA Dec 02, 2018

This was a cute, breezy, fandomish read. It wasn't my favorite Cinderella adaptation (Marissa Meyer's Cinder), nor was it my favorite nerdy fandom/convention story (Danika Stone's All the Feels), but I enjoyed the read and would happily recommend this to someone looking for a contemporary YA romance with a twist.

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