Geekerella

Geekerella

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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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red_sheep_101
Oct 22, 2018

Beautiful language. REALLY HOOKY. This book is beautifully written.

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Starpoem
May 12, 2018

Retellings of "Cinderella" come a dime a dozen, so you may find yourself asking whether this one is worth your time. And my answer to you is an unequivocal YES. It is worth it. Sure, Geekerella is a little cheesy, but it is obviously written from the heart. Ashley Poston clearly "gets" fandom, and she celebrates everything that is wonderful about geekery.

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KMJ_
Apr 08, 2018

This is a cute, retelling of the Cinderella story. The narrative switches between Darien, a teen idol, and Elle, a fangirl trying to get away from her stepmother. We all know where the story is going from the beginning. It is Cinderella afterall. The journey to get there is creative. However, there were little details that were too ridiculous to ignore. The relationship between Darien and his father is too unbelievable. A major movie franchise takes more than three weeks to film. There were inaccurate details about Charleston that were annoying, especially considering the author is from South Carolina.

LiztheLibrarian Mar 22, 2018

The story pretty closely followed the Cinderella story arch. I really enjoyed the inclusion of a strong fandom, a con, and cosplay, however the fact that neither of the two main characters stood up for themselves until the very end was really frustrating. Elle makes more sense as she is still a minor, but Darien is a legal adult and could have easily changed his circumstances earlier on in the book.

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koiishi22
Feb 19, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, i love that there were so many geeky things thrown into the mix. The cosplaying, Team Four Star (i mean c'mon thats insta win for me), all the nerdy fandom you could ever want plus some good romance for two people who really needed it BUT

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i mean a LOT of Elle's issues through the story could have been prevented if she would have planned ahead. Like for instance the ticket and cosplay fiasco where they all got stolen or ruined. WHY didn't she just leave them at Sage's house?! It felt a little dumb to me, seeing as she had a perfectly good trusting person to leave them with tbh.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A sci-fi retelling of Cinerella with fandoms and cons and movie stars

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 05, 2018

Woah, woah, woah. This book was FULL of surprises, and I was shocked to find that I enjoyed it. The topic didn’t seem to appeal to me; I’ve hated modern day twists on fairy tales. Although I knew this was a Cinderella retell, I forgot somewhere along the lines and remembered somewhere at the end! But, seriously, everything about this novel surpassed my expectations. Elle and Darien are two polar opposites, on complete different sides of the world. Darien Freeman is the new “it” actor, with adoring fans and a new gig on the show he’s loved as a kid, playing the character he has admired all his life in “Starfield”. Meanwhile, Danielle works at a vegan food truck called the Magic Pumpkin and spends her day writing “Starfield” fanfiction and rants on her blog, that gains excessive amounts of following after her infamous post on why Darien Freeman should not be the next Prince Carmindor. With a controlling dad-manager who signed him up for an ExlecsiCon meet and greet, Darien attempts to take the matter into his own hands and texts the manager of the con to cancel. Only he ends up texting Elle (her deceased father was the manager of the con) and they become fast friends while both concealing their identities. With classical evil stepmothers and stepsisters, and a twist of modern day fan clubs, this book is a guaranteed delight even if you’re not into this genre. The characters are real and relatable, and I highly recommend!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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haleyhopeg
Oct 21, 2017

This book was adorable! It was a really fun, breezy read. It's all the Cinderella conventions that you know and love, and the main couple is really cute.

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daysleeper236
Oct 01, 2017

A highly entertaining, geeky spin on Cinderella. Reminiscent of "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell.

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KatG1983
Sep 12, 2017

A sweet reimagining of Cinderella in the social media age. Cute story and characters. Worth a Sunday afternoon read.

VaughanPLAlison Aug 01, 2017

It has been quite a while since I've liked a book this much. Though it was a take on a fairy tale and it had some teen movie romance elements, it never once felt contrived. It was smart, well written, plausible and had great characters. There were moments that made me full on clutch the book, both out of sorrow and out of pride and other happy feels. Because most of all, writer Ashley Poston gets it. She gets what it means to be a fan, to be a part of a fandom (or many) and what it means to the fans who love it. To live in the impossible universe. Now I kind of wish the show Starfield existed. I want to know what the promise-sworn salute is, who the Nox and the Federation are and what the ship Prospero looks like. Well done!

sarag1 Jun 25, 2017

I took out this book expecting a fun, light, quick read.
And that's what I got.
But I got so much more.
I am astounded by this book. I'm not giving it five stars for grammar, or writing style, or whatever. I'm giving it's well-deserved five stars because the author so well resonates with a fangirl. The beautiful descriptions of what being part of a fandom means to Elle actually brought me to tears.
This is on the bottom of the list of professional books-- because it's not.
On the bottom for realistic-- because it's SO not.
But I don't care.
I got my beautiful little fluffy romance.
But I found a new treasure, an addition to my admittedly long list of favorite books.

LoganLib_Kirra Jun 01, 2017

Geekerella is an adorable fangirling twist on the classic story of Cinderella. Ella works toward attending a Geeky Con event in hopes of winning the contest and scoring tickets to the premiere opening night of a revival movie of her favourite TV show. It's a super cute book that's easy to read, but there's also some drama and emotional moments for the characters.

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

I read two YA contemporary books last year that also dealt with fandom (specifically of the sci-fi variety) and cons- while they were cute, something was missing for me so I was originally wary of Geekerella until reviews from friends started coming in. The moment I started reading, I could tell Geekerella was everything I wanted it to be and more.

Right off the bat, it reminded me irresistibly of A Cinderella Story, one of my favorite teen movies. I think it was the combination of the contemporary setting, the texting, and Elle’s image-obsessed stepmother. I loved all the touches that marked it as a Cinderella retelling- the “Magic Pumpkin” food truck, the “Prince”, the “costume ball”. It was so clever and fun! Ashley Poston hit every beat I was hoping for. I’m all for subversive and different retellings, but sometimes a feel-good, classic, recognizable retelling is what I want 🙂

Of course I loved all of the references to fandom and general nerdery! I’ve been part of various fandoms my whole life and it’s easy to put yourself in Elle’s (and Darien’s) shoes. I also loved that she was a blogger! I used to spend hours on Mugglenet back in the day. The other thing I really enjoyed was the dual POV story. That doesn’t always work but I loved that there was more to Darien than his surface image, and their accidental texting turned friendship was pretty wonderful!

All of the secondary characters add something to the story and Poston does her best to reflect the real world within those characters. Elle’s coworker was a total surprise to me, I didn’t expect to like her so much!Having gone to Wizard World Con last year, it was also easy and fun to picture the convention setting. This book might not be perfect the closer you look, but it made me really happy and sometimes that’s what counts. The acknowledgment almost made me cry! As a fan of so many things, they were really touching and you could tell how much of herself Poston poured into the story.

Long story short: this was everything my Cinderella-loving, geeky fandom heart wanted.

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Tristen
Apr 21, 2017

love this book!

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MHanover10
Apr 12, 2017

I loved this story! it's such a fun twist on the Cinderella story. I enjoyed Elle with her hopes and dreams and fandom of a sci-fi TV show. I enjoyed Sage who doesn't really give a crap and helps Elle like a fairy godmother and I liked Darien who you kind of wonder if some child stars or any celebrities have issues like he does. I thought this was a lot of fun to read and if I had read it on the weekend I probably would have read it in a day. It's a very fast read but entertaining. Not a deep book but who cares, I like being entertained. I will say talking to a stranger over text messaging is a little creepy and you don't know who is on the other side. It could be a sex offender.


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