Geekerella

Geekerella

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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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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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