Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
“If you believe in yourself and have a few good friends, then you can do anything. You can be anything.”
Geekerella is what I imagined the contemporary love child of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder would be. This is probably a retelling that most closely follows Cinderella that I’ve read so far, but I still loved it. Geekerella is a cute story about a geeky girl named Danielle Wittimer who obsesses over an old TV show called Starfield. The show is getting a reboot in the form of a movie years after its ending. And the person to play the lead male character of Starfield? Darien Freeman. Maybe the single person in the omniverse that Danielle wouldn’t want to be playing Carmindor.
Geekerella is probably the best book to kick start my summer of reading. I love reading contemporaries when I can’t seem to get into other books. After seeing a few promos of it on Youtube last summer, it’s been in the back of mind as far as a contemporary I wanted to pick up. I’m so glad I did. It was a fun read and I knocked it out in less than 24 hours. It made me smile, laugh, cringe a little, and left me satisfied at the end. I enjoyed it and give it 4/5 stars.
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As I stated before, Geekerella follows Cinderella closely and sorta reminds me of A Cinderella Story only instead of an earthquake it’s a car accident and swap out the school dance for ExcelsiCon. Though this is the nature of retellings and does not mean I didn’t like it.
The biggest draw for me is the fact that Danielle is such a big fangirl. I loved the book Fangirl so much and found myself relating to that book more than anything else I’ve ever read, so I leapt on this boat because fandom is my favorite of all the ‘doms’. Danielle said something near the end of the book that I highly identify with, and she said that she understood that Starfield was cheesy and not real but the characters were to her and she learned a lot from them. I wholly agree with this sentiment whenever anyone asks why I obsess over certain things saying they’re only a book, or movie, or show. This book tackled the idea that you shouldn’t let others destroy what you love. Continue loving that book, movie, or show. Just because others disapprove doesn’t mean it’s wrong or weird or that you should stop. Like Ashley Poston said, if it’s important to you it’s not a waste of time.
*sigh*, anyway. I liked Darien but at times he could get cliche. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Towards the end of the book was when I really liked his character and arc. The whole “I have an act and it stifles who I really am” can get tired, but we saw enough of Darien’s real side to balance it all out.
Sage is definitely one of my favorite characters in this book. She has such an ease and comfort with who she is and with her life that I strive to have. Plus she designs clothes and has wicked cool hair, so really there isn’t too many ways to top her.
My least favorite part of Cinderella is the wicked stepsisters. I loathe the idea of them and how they egg on the stepmom (or stepmomster as Danielle says) and torture the Cinderella of the story. Chloe is the archetypical character and definitely near the bottom of my list of likable characters, but her sister Calliope is so much better. This is another similarity I see between Geekerella and Cinder. Calliope is the Peony of the story and I absolutely adored Peony. Poston handled the character arcs of the background characters well. They all weren’t stagnant and they all ended in a different place than they started. Though Cal and Sage dating was an interesting turn I didn’t see coming.
Overall I really liked this book and definitely recommend if you’re in the mood for a fun, enchanting read.