Rating – 4/5
“When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her step-mother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all – not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true. Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.”
I really loved this book! It was cute, funny, a little sad at times and the perfect nod to all the fandom ‘geeks’ in the world.
I love retellings – especially Cinderella retellings because there are so many different ways to alter the story whilst keeping the classic tale. Some of my favourite films are Cinderella retellings which is why I knew I was going to love this book. Geekerella puts a quirky spin on the story we know and love whilst also staying surprisingly true to the original tale. We still have the Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters, a charming love interest, a ‘magic’ (I use this term loosely because there is no magic in this story) Fairy Godmother and of course, a pumpkin! However the charming love interest is not a prince but a handsome actor about to take on his dream role in the very long-awaited reboot of a hugely loved TV show, the Fairy Godmother is just a teenage girl with colourful hair and a Vegan food truck that just so happens to be called the Magic Pumpkin.
Although I have never really been in a fandom, I found I could relate to the love and passion the characters had for this TV show as I feel the same way about some of my favourite shows and books! The characters were so unique and quirky, there wasn’t a single character I didn’t like (except maybe Chloe.) I really loved Elle, she was so fiery and passionate about the things she cares about which was lovely to see in a YA protagonist. I really enjoyed how her relationship with Darien began through texting and to some extent, social media because that is the case for so many of us these days. Darien was totally adorable – I would definitely fall in love with him! There was also huge amounts of character development which I loved.
I highly recommend this book! Even if you aren’t a huge fan of contemporary, I think you would really enjoy this story!