Geekerella

Geekerella

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Geek girl Ellie hopes to go to ExcelsiCon Cosplay to meet the actor (closet nerd Darien) scheduled to play Federation Prince Carmindor in a reboot of the movie Starfield.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781594749476
1594749477
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pos
Description: 319 pages ; 23 cm
Audience: Ages 14 and up

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With one text, Ellie begins a relationship with guy who is as geeky as her about the cult TV show Starfield. What she does not know is the guy is the actor Darien, who was cast as Prince Carmindor in the Starfield reboot and who Ellie badmouthed for being cast in the starring role.


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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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koiishi22
Feb 19, 2018

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

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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.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A sci-fi retelling of Cinerella with fandoms and cons and movie stars

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