Book Review: Geekerella


Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genres: YA, Retelling, Romance

Expected publication: 4th April 2017

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Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 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?

*I was given an eARC via NetGalley in exchange an honest review*

Geekerella describes itself as ‘part romance, part love letter to nerd culture’ and it definitely had succeeded its goal. Geekerella is a perfect blend of both. For nerd culture being at its peak in this generation, Geekerella had paid tribute to almost all fandom out there. From comic book to Disney and TV shows, it has all of them. You have this familiar feeling, this comfort when you see your fandom being mention in the book, inside joke or references you might only get in you are in the fandom like George Clooney’s Batnipple suit to Barbara Gordon in Killing Joke (and there is a part slightly remind me of Doctor Who: Doomsday but maybe it’s just me). Such things make this book feels more like a friend. It shows how cosplayers treat their cosplay and how important it is to them. It sure makes me want to cosplay or at least go to con one day.

The characters feel realistic. Unlike our typical cookie-cutter YA romance characters, Darien feels really realistic, he has anxiety about being on TV even though he is super famous, he is a huge nerd, he likes Star Wars, Batman and more. Both characters are huge fans of this show called Starfield, Starfield is this sci-fi show and it doesn’t feel like it’s copying other existing franchise out there (or maybe I am just not that familiar with sci-fi except Doctor Who and Star Wars). Yes, this book fills with fandom reference but it also touches on more ‘important topics’ in fandom: whitewashing, reboot, sexism in fandom, and ‘fake geek girl’.

Yes, this is a Cinderella retelling, so the tale is as old as time. We all know the story of Cinderella: how she lose her glass slipper and met Prince Charming. Geekerella still has elements of the classic fairy tale but Poston manages to add this modern twist into it. I would say Geekerella is a product of this generation, with nerd culture, blogging and vlogging,  cosplay and cons. I don’t know is it an important factor for you to read this book but Darien is a Person of Colour (and Starfield breaking the barrier of its era to cast a POC in the original show) and it had a secondary F/F romance, so points for diversity.

Geekerella is a love letter to geek everywhere, fangirls and fanboys, cosplayers and fan-fiction writers (a middle-finger to those who had told us to ‘get over our obsessions’) To me who had been fangirling since forever (well 7-8 years), Geekerella is perfect read for me. Compare to other YA novels about fandom, I think it does a good job representing the fan culture. Honestly, I think Geekerella could be one of my favorite reads in 2017, and I can’t wait until the day it came out so I can own a physical copy of it. So to end this,’Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite’ as at the end we are all geeks here. tumblr_m9qc9cnipn1r4ix9fo1_500.gif