GEEKERELLA - by Ashley Poston

GEEKERELLA - Ashley Poston
Published: April 2017 - Quirk Books.
Pages: 320.
Genres: Contemporary / young adult / romance
Triggers/Content Advisory: N.A
Format: eARC.
Source: Netgalley.

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. 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 the 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.

This book first caught my eye when it was published last year. When I saw it was on Netgalley to get publicity for the upcoming paperback release, I immediately requested it. I'm a fangirl, so why wouldn't I love a book that worships fandoms?

The writing is delightful. Beautiful, simple, and so easy to lose yourself in. It's such a wonderfully quirky story, and all the fluff, cuteness, and hilarity is there - just what you expect and love from a romantic contemporary.

The plot is a rollercoaster ride. It's ridiculously entertaining, and the pace is perfect. I couldn't wait to turn the page and I was never disappointed. The story never lags, never loses its dazzle, and you devour the magic of it. It's so immersive.

But there are two aspects of the plot I'm still not sure about. They're kinda confusing, and I'm not sure if it's just me or if anyone else felt this way?:
1: The whole texting back and forth between Elle and Darien is...well...kinda weak? It's not really the texting that's weak, I guess, it's the whole mysterious identity behind the texting. See, they don't know each other, and Elle assumes that Darien's this fellow cosplayer, and I just feel like it's unrealistic because sometimes Elle treats him as if he's more than just a cosplayer: it's like she expects him to be one of the judges, too. And the fact that he called her dad's phone when her dad's been dead for years and she's so quick to assume he's a just another cosplayer...
Ugh it's so hard to explain and I'm probably making zero sense! But that aspect just bothered me. I had a hard time buying into Elle buying into who Darien supposedly was.
2: Elle's costume making is very confusing. At first it's like she's going as Prince Carmindor, but then some of the scenes between her and Sage seem to indicate she's going as Princess Amara, and UGH it's kinda all over the place and never specific enough. I was so confused.

That is why this universe is impossible: because all the good things are impossible to keep. The universe always takes them away.

Awww the characters are great. Their personalities are so dynamic and vibrant, and they're all so vivid and flawed and human. I love their relationships with each other - I especially love Darien's friendship with Gail; that's an amazing part of the story. I love platonic guy and girl relationships.
Elle is a lovely heorine, and someone I could relate to a lot. She's a writer, a blogger, socially awkward, and rants and gushes about fandoms she's passionate about online instead of in person. I GET YOU GIRL. I TOTALLY GET YOU. And when she says this: 'I think something and my mouth says something completely different', I was like YAS THAT'S ME.

The romance is super cute and so shippable. I got to the point where I just wanted to shout "Kiss already"!" and I haven't felt that about a book couple in a while.

Geekerella is unashamedly geeky, romantic, and quirky. It pays homage to fandoms and fangirls/ fanboys everywhere, and you'll lose yourself in a magical whirlwind of a story. It's a fairytale, but it's also real life, and when the two collide in this gorgeous little book, amazing things happen. 

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