Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now with a special Starfield bonus scene!
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. 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 the 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.
In this thoroughly enjoyable, pop-culture-saturated Cinderella retelling, 17-year-old Elle Wittimer, unhappy with her social climbing stepfamily, pins her hopes on winning a cosplay contest at a science fiction convention. Raised by her late father on the cult TV show Starfield, Elle anonymously blogs about the show and has expressed her lack of faith in Darien Freeman, the Hollywood heartthrob who's been cast as Prince Carmindor in an upcoming film adaptation. As the cosplay contest approaches, Elle teams up with Sage, her friend/coworker at a vegan food truck, to redesign her father's Carmindor costume, while texting with a mystery boy. Actor Darien grew up loving SF conventions and Starfield but has avoided them since his uncomfortable ascension to the "it list." Poston (We Own the Night) builds an endearingly nervous text-based romance between Elle and Darien, and she gives her secondary characters dimension and agency: Sage is a lesbian fashion maven who gets her own happy ending, and Elle's stepfamily, though still mostly terrible, is complex. A celebration of fandom and happily ever afters, this feel-good reimagining hits all the right notes. Ages 14 up.
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Couldn’t Put It Down
This book was one of the cutest, most enticing books I have ever read. I loved it so much! The plot is very close to the story of Cinderella (being a fairytale retelling, obviously), but the “prince” knew what his true love looked like and her name, and Elle was not a damsel in distress. She had been through so much hardship, and had retreated to something that made her happy and brought back good memories. Whether you’re a potterhead, or obsessed with Star Wars, or emotionally attracted to too many fictional characters, or just wanted to pick up a fun, lighthearted read, this book will capture your heart in one way or another and you will understand Elle’s need to find refuge in a TV show. It doesn’t seem like the kind of book to make a person emotional, but you will find yourself overwhelmed with sadness, joy, or fury at at least one point in the book. I, for example, was filled with secondhand rage whenever Elle’s stepfamily made her feel like she wasn’t worth it, or a waste of space, or brought her down any other way.
SIDENOTE: For anyone who has been in a theatre production (school, community, Broadway, etc.) and has cried after the final show night, just know that those feelings will reoccur, courtesy of one of Darien’s chapters.
This book is amazing and it’s so cute. I love how it’s set up just like a Cinderella story. It’s really fun to read and I’m not a big reader so 10 out of 10 for this one
This book was incredibly adorable! It took a while to get into the story, as with any book, but once you did you were completely immersed into the story. I could not put this book down and ended up finishing it in a day! The story includes two fans of Starfield, which I essentially equate to Star Trek mixed with Star Wars, and their journey to finding themselves through this shared interest and how it plays into their lives as a whole. I loved the characters and how their stories resolve in the end. What I hope people take away from this book, as I really resonated with this aspect myself being a geek too, is to always be yourself no matter what others may think. It’s okay to have unconventional interests, so just be confident and know that there will always be people out there with those same interests! :)