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Geekerella – Ashley Poston

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Anything can happen once upon a con…

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 stepmother’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.

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Hello fellow YA readers! I’ve finally pulled myself out of Regency England (after reading at least 25 books and trying to speak with a British accent, I realized it was time). I have to say, Geekerella brought me back to my YA roots with style.

Can someone please Geek-my-lovelife? Seriously, this book couldn’t have been more adorable. Darien and Elle had me grinning like a fool from their first text message – by the end of the novel, my cheeks ached from smiling.

Now, as someone who loves both movies and books, I was nervous that this book would turn out a little bit like A Cinderella Story (you know the one – adorable, if a bit cheesy movie featuring Chad Michael Murray). The parallels are easy to draw – modern Cinderella retelling, characters communicate via text without knowing who the other is, you see where I am going. I’m thrilled to report, having re-watched A Cinderella Story (for research purposes…of course) that they are absolutely nothing alike. Geekerella is about a million times better, and much less cheesy.

Elle and Darien are too cute for words, but what I think I liked the most about this book was that it didn’t focus wholly on their coming together. Sure, that was a major part of the plot, but most of the book was passed with the two of them apart. Both characters grew over the course of the novel, separately, and came together at the end stronger than ever. Parents of YA readers  highly recommend this book for teenagers. It has an incredible positive message, one that I think a lot of teenagers in this day and age just need to hear.

The nerd culture in Geekerella is on point. Firefly, Star Trek, and Star Wars references just made my heart happy. However, I have one small complaint to file with Ashley Poston – WHY CAN I NOT WATCH STARFIELD?? I need to see it! I’m freaking hooked on the show solely through book descriptions.

The only, very minor, issue I had with Geekerella was its sort of abrupt ending. Perhaps I’m just being greedy, but I would have loved to see more of Darien and Elle’s future. Maybe this can be more than a standalone? I hope so!

My Takeaway: If you’re looking for a light, fun and heartwarming YA Romance, search no more. Geekerella absolutely charmed me and improved my mood every time I cracked it open. It might just be my favorite feel-good book of the year so far. 

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