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In a modern version of "Cinderella," geek girl Elle Wittimer enters a cosplay contest behind her stepmother's back and meets teen actor Darien Freeman at a convention cosplay ball.
Publisher: New York : Quirk Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781594749506
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 25, 2021

“Geekerella” tells the story of geeky fangirl Elle Wittimer, who lives and breathes all things Starfield, a popular fantasy/sci-fi tv show she basically grew up watching. Suddenly, Starfield is slated to be produced into a modern Hollywood reboot. And the actor playing the main character, Carmindor, is cast: Darien Freeman, teen heartthrob! Playing Carmindor has been everything Darien ever wanted, but die-hard fans of Starfield are wary of him and don’t think he can live up to such a popular role.
I really enjoyed this book! It was part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and just overall amazing. Geekerella is a worthwhile story for anyone who appreciates the power of fandom. It was a super easy yet fun read, and the main characters were so cute together. The little modern twists on the original tale of Cinderella were genius as well.

Aug 08, 2020

Initial Review:
So, this is not the cleanest edit and it’s not Literature, but I grinned from ear-to-ear the entire time I was reading. I couldn’t wait to see how it ended but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. It’s an adorable retelling of Cinderella set in the geeky fandom world, and I loved every minute of it.

Current Review:
I read this while I was on my ridiculously-extended blogging/reviewing break, and I loved it so much, I had to record something on GoodReads. It’s not much, but there’s a lot of love in those three sentences, I promise you.

Coincidentally, author Ashley Poston was scheduled to do a signing at Malaprop’s, my local bookstore, within weeks of when I finished the book. I had downloaded the e-book from my digital library, but I had to go to the signing and buy a copy for myself. I was old enough to be the average audience member’s mother, but I held my head high and geeked out with the rest of them. Ashley was just as fun and geektastic as I expected.

After buying my book and getting it signed, I promptly pressed it into the hands of everyone I know, telling them they would love it because it was so adorable. They all read it and professed to agree with me. Maybe they were just trying to make me happy, but I choose to believe they really meant it. This is a feel-good story that still makes me smile when I think about it two years later.

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 the 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 the fandom world 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!

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.

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.

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.

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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