Ashley Poston comes to the blog today with the first in a seriously clever YA romantic comedy – all set around superfans and cons. Please read on for my review of
Sweet, funny and unmistakably loaded with pop culture, fandom references – this is the book for all those people who ever had a ‘moment’ on the release of a new book, movie or interview, or has spent hours creating a costume that is just right for those hours wandering a con. Elle has been a superfan of Starfield, a sci-fi show that she used to watch with her now deceased father. Taking the page and plotting arc straight from the Cinderella story, there has to be both a prince and a ball coming – and sure enough, Poston doesn’t disappoint. Elle is building her costume for the big party (read ExcelsiCon Cosplay ball) where she could meet the ‘teen heartthrob’ star now slated to play a lead character in the reboot. She’s determined to win – there is no other option in her world at the moment.
Darien used to be just like Elle: geeking out on cosplay, following actors and authors and the Starfield show and dreaming of playing the lead character, Prince Carmindor. But, his life went in other directions and he’s now a famed teen heartthrob, and cast in the role – a role that thrills him and frustrates him because fans don’t think he’s got the ‘geek cred’ to play it.
Truly a love letter to fandom of all types – there isn’t a person who’s experienced that tingle of excitement that won’t find some sort of connection to any number of the fans here. Even with the relationship between Elle and Darien – their bonding is more over their shared likes and excitement in their fandom than just a simple boy meets girl attraction – and their relationship is almost exactly what one would expect: a bit awkward in the more personal conversations, somewhat stilted ‘romance’ moments and a wonderful interest and comfort with their own particular knowledge of what they like (or don’t).
The story isn’t all hearts and roses though: adults and secondary non-fan characters border the stereotypical and are often too close to the prototype of evil / despicable in the original Cinderella tale. But the pumpkin substitute (a food truck), the quiet affirmations to fandom and finding your next pop culture obsession is clearly present, and celebrated. A lovely and fun story that sends up solid confirmations and examples about following your own joy.
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Starfield #1
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance, Fairy Tale Remix, Humor elements
Published on: 4 April, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 32 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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