Genres/Themes: YA, Fairy tale re-telling, Fandom, Contemporary
*I received this book through netgalley, but all opinions are my own. *
Ladies and Gents, for the first time in a long while, I have added a book to my favorites list.
I’m not saying there aren’t problems with this book, there are a few (for me personally), but wow… I have never connected with a book so much.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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.
I am nostalgic for a show I’ve never seen and for all the fandoms I’m in. I wish when I was in high school and beginning college I had this book– I book to tell me it is okay to be geeky ACTUALLY GEEKY and it is okay to write fanfic and cosplay and be who you are because fandom is family.
“We’re all geeks here.”
This made me want to watch Firefly again and finally get around to watching Star Trek. I also really want to go to a convention haha.
What can I say about this book???
OK, I should probably admit that from page five you get this sense of dread that just builds and builds because of how sh*tty Elle’s life is. Stepping away from the book for a while probably did me good. Even Dare has some crappy stuff that happens to him and it really hurts. I felt so connected. The plot? We all know how Cinderella goes– cliche? Yeah, but here in this book of fandom it almost makes it more heartwarming.
What is great about this story? Budding friendships, the good (and bad) sides of fandom, being true to ourselves, how media helps us grow and be better people, an lesbian couple (side couple, but at least there is some representation?), bringing up white washing, and a good old fashion The Geek Gets the Girl (or Boy– or both?!) [American Hi-Fi anyone?]
So, this amazing lovely book has now wiggled its way into my heart. Perhaps I’ll re-read it, but I know I will definitely recommend it and think back on it fondly.
I recommend this book to anyone in a fandom, anyone who like fairy tale re-tellings, or cute love stories.