Geekerella Book Cover Geekerella
Standalone
Ashley Poston
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Quirk Books
April 4th 2017
320

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.

“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”


Geekerella 
is one of those books that what you see is what you get. It gives you exactly what it markets itself to be – a sweet and heart-warming teen romance.

What to expect from this book

– Cinderella retelling (I mean, just look at the title)
– a relatable female protagonist (she’s a fangirl and a total nerd too plus she has real people problems)
– a little love-hate relationships
– annoying step sisters
– unexpectedly likeable side character
– and of course, A HAPPY FUCKING ENDING

Meet the Characters

Danielle: our geeky heroine who I actually kind of like
Darien: the celebrity love interest
Sage: the unexpectedly likeable side character
The Twin stepsisters: who I hate, but one of them, I forgot her name, was much bearable than the other
Let’s not forget the stepmother who I absolutely hate but understood.


The Good

1. What I liked most about this was the fact that this book
didn’t pretend to be something that it’s not
. It was a teen romance novel. Plain and simple.

2. It didn’t try to be overly dramatic, even when it had the chance to, being that, of course, Danielle’s (the main character) dad passed away. All she was left with was the house she lives in, her cruel stepmother and sister. The author had the chance to use that loss in her life to make this a sob story, but she didn’t.

3. The writing was good. The dialogue of the characters and their reaction to things area pretty on point with their age.

4. Danielle is fangirl! Just like the rest of us. She was also just a girl who wanted to have something for herself, just like the rest of us. I feel bad for everything that has happened to her, but you know, as they say, good things come to those who wait.

5. Darien (the love interest), I feel, was done pretty well. I liked how we got a glimpse of what it would feel like for a celebrity if a lot of people hated on him doing an adaptation of something that already has an existing fanbase. I liked how vulnerable and ordinary he was when not doing the acting things.

6. The stepmother (who I actually forgot the name) was a real pain in the ass. She was good for what she was in the story, I guess. There was also a point in the story where you got to actually understand why she was being the way she is.

7. This book has that love-hate relationship. Although, both Darien and Danielle had no idea who they were when they first met. They had no idea that they actually already liked each other, they just didn’t know it yet. I thought that was done quite well in the story.

8. The extra drama on Darien’s side was a bit surprising.

 


The Bad

1. It could be a bit slow sometimes, which I’m not really a fan of. I understand it might be to develop the characters a bit more, but the dragging parts of the story, I didn’t really find myself caring about too much.

2. I thought the plot was okay. But that’s about it, it was just okay. I didn’t feel invested with the story or the character. I thought they were okay too. I think, that was my main issue about it – it was just okay. Nothing really stood out for me.


The Ugly

Nothing absolutely cringe-worthy on this book.


Final Judgement

This book was likeable. I could see how a lot of teenagers would like the story; it was light, fun, and sweet, with just the right amount of drama. For me though, i felt there could have been more. I wanted more.