A sweet and funny retelling of Cinderella that I just adored from start to finish.
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
This is less likely to be a coherent review, and more likely to be a long rant about how much I loved this book. When I was growing up I loved the movie A Cinderella Story, which if you haven’t seen it is basically a modern retelling of Cinderella (the Disney version) in a modern way – the two characters are high school students who meet in an online college forum. If I thought I loved that movie, my love for this book is amplified a hundred times more.
Geekerella is sweet, funny, moving and just everything a story like this should be. The characters are wonderful – they’re real people dealing with real life situations. Elle has lost her father, she’s hoping to hold on to the memory of the one person she looked up to. Darien despite being famous is lonely, his fame alienating him from having any close relationships. The characters are fantastically written, and I loved them both so much.
The thing that makes Geekerella so special is the absolutely geekyness of it. There’s so many references to fandom culture – Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and everything in between, and each one of them Everyone has that one book series or television programme that they absolutely adore. For me it’s A Song of Ice and Fire, for Elle it’s Starfield – which if it was a real show I would totally watch. It’s wonderful to read a story set at a convention, something that is familiar and beloved of so many.
Geekerella takes a well known story and really puts a unique and charming spin on it. It definitely stands out from the many Cinderella retellings out there. It’s also geuninely funny, and has a really enjoyable absorbing plot. This book really speaks to all the geeks and fandom followers out there. I loved this book from start to finish, and now that I’m finished reading it I can of want to start from the beginning again.
*Also special mention to my favourite character Sage, who is just a total bad ass.