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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A sci-fi retelling of Cinerella with fandoms and cons and movie stars
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
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.
A highly entertaining, geeky spin on Cinderella. Reminiscent of "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell.
A sweet reimagining of Cinderella in the social media age. Cute story and characters. Worth a Sunday afternoon read.
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!
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