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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Book Riff - Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Guys, I am so here for these geek-girl romcom books that are starting to crop up all over. Fangirl opened my eyes, and this book, I think, can sit right next to it on the bookshelf, once I have a bookshelf built and get all my books out of storage.

Here's the official synopsis:
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
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.
You can FEEL how much Poston loves geek and con culture in this book, and you can tell she knows what she's talking about. As someone who is very into these things, and who has some fandoms that mean a whole lot to my very existence*, it's so great finding a book that loves them as much as I do. There's no sly "look how weird these people are"; this is 100% "fandoms are where people find family".

I read this whole book in one day when I should have been, like, cleaning my room or something, and I don't regret it for a second. It's sweet, it's charming, it's believable both as a contemporary story and as a fairytale, and it's just so neat. She works at a food truck. Her best friend has green hair and takes no shit. Her dad founded a con that's still running. Darien is the new lead of an old fandom getting revived by movies, and he loves it as much as everyone else in the fandom does. There's a great You've Got Mail-ness woven in. She solves her own problems. It's all just So Good.

Anything where geeks and misfits find family instead of being converted to normalness or treated as weird and Other, I'm already on it's side. But then when it's also a romance as sweet as when romcoms remembered that sweetness is what they're for, AND it's a total nerdfest? It's like it was made for me. It's wish-fulfillment of the best kind. We need more books like this.

Go read it. And if you've already read it, come here and let's talk about it. The saddest part about reading mostly new books is that no one else has read them yet, and it makes it a lot harder to gush about my new favs!

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594749477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594749476

You can see my actual (less squeeful) review here at New York Journal Of Books soon!

-the amazon link is an affiliate link and I might make a few cents off of it if you click!
*I don't think I'd be who I am today without Star Trek and Star Wars at a very early age. Farscape was my first online fandom. XFiles is how I met my best friend in high school. 12 Monkeys literally saved and changed my life two years ago. Fandom is a wonderful thing and I'm so glad it was so lovingly treated here.

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