I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I really love fairytale re-tellings, especially Cinderella ones! The very first Cinderella re-telling that I read is a book that I’ve already talked about, Ella Enchanted, and since then I have also just adored the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (each book focusing on a different princess/fairytale as the main character with the former main female characters being secondary characters in the other books as the series progresses. The first book in the series, Cinder, is about Cinderella.)! So, anyways, recently I was looking for something light and fun to read when I decided to finally give Geekerella by Ashley Poston a shot. It was just the right amount of YA Contemporary, fantasy, and a Cinderella retelling, that I was looking for!
This book isn’t just an ode to all the fandoms out there or to fairytale re-tellings, it’s also an ode to the father/daughter (or parent/kid) bond and being able to bond over something they both share a love for.
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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?
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. (Summary from Goodreads):
This book really spoke to my soul on so many levels. Not only for the nerd culture and cosplaying but also because just like the main character, Elle, I lost my father a few years ago, as well. It’s been very hard since we were very close and I think about him every day, but it helps to re-enjoy something that we once bonded over just like Elle and her father bonded over their favorite TV show, Starfield. For my father and I, the thing we loved to enjoy together were the Harry Potter books and movies. We always enjoyed trying to guess what would happen and came up with theories while we waited for the next books to be released. We also really enjoyed listening to all the audiobooks over and over again whenever we had to drive (even short driving trips while we did some errands). I could also relate to Elle when she finds out they are going to do a movie re-boot of her favorite tv show series and she is having conflicting feelings about it. On the one hand, she’s excited for it but she’s also a little apprehensive about it, too. She’s really hoping they don’t mess anything up about her beloved show and hopes the casting is just perfect. So, they best not be casting Darien Freeman (teen heartthrob from a teen soap opera) as the main character, Prince Carmindor! Unfortunately for Elle, that’s exactly who they cast, which she is none too thrilled about and ends up writing a blog post about it that ends up going viral. I think that’s something we all go through at some point when one of our favorite books or games gets turned into a movie or an old tv show gets rebooted into a movie. Parts of us are excited for it and can’t wait, but then we don’t like some casting choices or are worried about the things that they’ll make changes to. At least that’s how my dad and I felt about the Harry Potter series.
If you don’t like Cinderella retellings that much then I can see this book maybe getting slightly on your nerves, it did slightly get on mine because it followed the Cinderella story to a “T” (if I’m remembering correctly it was something towards the end of the book, that I kind of rolled my eyes at) and I didn’t think it necessarily had to do that. With that being said though, I think you should still give this one a shot and maybe it’ll surprise you, you might end up liking it, as well! I really loved the story and the characters and even though it definitely had it’s sad moments it also had its funny moments and I laughed out loud during some moments in the book.
I really loved this book and I have to say it’s one of my new favorite books of all time! It made me tear up but it also made me happy and laugh too. While reading this story it made me reminisce about all the fun times I had with my dad by sharing my love for Harry Potter with him. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much, I appreciated it on a whole other level.
I would recommend this book to fans of Rainbow Rowell, I thought it read like her books. It had the right amount of sadness and definitely the right amount of humor and it was cutesy and fun. Do you like fairytale retellings as well? Which ones are your favorite ones? Was Geekerella one of your faves too? I’m always looking for new retellings so please feel free to recommend more in the comments!
Do what you love!