- Reading level: 14+ years
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (4 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594749477
- ISBN-13: 978-1594749476
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.3 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,05,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale Hardcover – 4 Apr 2017
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“Geekerella has ‘must-read’ written all over it. A fun romantic comedy with coming-of-age sensibilities and authentically voiced teens, this novel hits all the YA book-love buttons. Geekerella is simply delightful.”—USA Today's Happy Ever After
“Pay attention, fangirls, because Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is about to be your favorite YA romance.”—Sweety High
“The geekiest spin on Cinderella you'll ever read.”—Hypable
“Geeks and non-geeks will discover their inner fangirl when they fall for this fan-tastic book that celebrates fan-doms, fan-tasy, and 'shipworthy romance’.”—Justine
“With geekily adorable characters, a show that’s part Star Trek and part Firefly, a cosplay contest, and a food truck fairy godmother, this is a love letter to fandom. Required reading for geeks everywhere.”—Booklist
“This charming and funny twist on Cinderella is the perfect YA fandom fairytale.” —BNTeen blog
“Geekerella… couldn't be sweeter or more fun…. If you're a fan of Fangirl, or a fan yourself, this is the version of Cinderella for you.”—New York Journal of Books
“Geekerella hits the spot. It’s an uplifting, adorable take on a classic fairy tale with a lovable heroine and a story that would have delighted 12-year-old me, but actually did manage to elate jaded, cynical adult me. Ashley Poston gets my stamp of approval on this Cinderella story.”—Geeks of Doom
“A celebration of fandom and happily ever afters, this feel-good reimagining hits all the right notes.”—Publishers Weekly
“Heirloom cosplay, fairy godfriends, and a new fandom with the swooniest OTP. Equal parts Fangirl and This Is What Happy Looks Like, Geekerella is so. Frakking. Good.” —Lily Anderson, author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
“I've never had this much fun reading a fairytale retelling! Geekerella is hilarious, packed with emotional punches, and steeped in so much love for fandom and con culture. We've all known the Cinderella story since preschool, but Ashley Poston's version feels so fresh and real that I genuinely worried Elle might not make it to the ball.”—Alison Cherry, author of Look Both Ways and For Real
“Fun, funny, and fan-tastic! I rooted for Elle and Darien from page one.” —Sarah Ahiers, author of Assassin’s Heart and Thief’s Cunning
“Adorkable, geektastic, nerderiffic… however you describe it, Geekerella is scrumptious! Ashley Poston’s fandom is one you’ll definitely want to join.” —Tiffany Schmidt, author of Break Me Like A Promise and Bright Before Sunrise
“An utterly charming take on Cinderella that sparkles with witty banter, Geekerella is the perfect YA fandom fairytale.” —Dahlia Adler, author of Behind the Scenes and Just Visiting
“A fun, can't put down re-telling of the classic Cinderella story.”—The Nerdy Girlie
“A must read for anyone who considers them selves a geek, nerd, fan, or just awesome.”—YA Bibliophile
“This modern adaptation of the Cinderella story is simply amazing. With a falling-in-love via text homage to You've Got Mail, and a true understanding of geek culture reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, it's a #mustread for hopeless romantic geeks.”—Chrissie Morrison, librarian at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library
“Cinderella meets a Firefly-like fandom in this funny, swift contemporary tale… Funny and well-paced, I couldn’t put it down! I’d give this to readers of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and anyone who enjoys bright YA contemporaries.”—Ryann Uden, librarian at Barrington Area Library
“I am IN LOVE with Geekerella! I love all of the references in the book, especially the subtle ones! Not only is Geekerella a love story about two teen geeks falling in love by text message, it is also a love story about fans and their many fandoms. Ashley Poston is a writer to watch for sure!”—Heather Brown, librarian at Washington Gifted Middle School
“Geekerella is a great book for fairy tales lovers and those who love geeky pop culture.”—Elizabeth Moss, librarian at Timberland Regional Library
“Darling…”—Jessica Gerdes, librarian at Yellowstone Library
“A fun romp that will melt the heart of Whovians, Trekkies, and geeks of all ilk. A modern Cinderella tale centered in the world of geek culture and Hollywood, with a lovable heroine, a desperate ‘prince’, and a green-haired ‘godmother’ driving a vegan pumpkin food truck. The 13-year old nerd in me couldn’t put it down!”–Sam, Aaron’s Books
“The unlikely romance between a Hollywood star and a small-town geek girl blossoms on the page, and instead of the story’s traditional pumpkin carriage and fairy godmother, Elle gets a vegan food truck and a fashion-designing genius of a best friend. This fractured fairy tale is full of fandom, nerd pride, and love. Magical, fun, nerdy, and sweet – it’s Cinderella like you’ve never read it before.”–Jennifer Oleinik, University Bookstore
“Cinderella goes sci-fi in this binge-worthy novel. Elle and Darien are both lifelong fans of Starfield, but while she is an orphan working in a vegan food truck, he is starring in the new movie. While pressures mount on both of them, they find escape in outer space and in each other. Sweet and unexpectedly thoughtful, Poston's story feels as fresh and familiar as a new Doctor Who.”—Ellis Starkey, Square Books
About the Author
Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She lives in South Carolina.
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A cute and beautifully written story; a must read for all the fandoms! :)
5 stars!! 💜
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I'll wait while you guys check out the book trailer. It's so cute! And it's so fun to see Christine from polandbananasbooks in it.
Okay, now that you've watched all that cuteness, you'll run out and get the book immediately, right? Because that's exactly what I did. It was so worth it, you guys. Picture me clapping and literally geeking out and, well yeah, that's exactly what I've been doing since finishing the last page.
So, the way Ashley presents this geeky fairy tale is the truly the best part. All the moments of the classic story are there, but they are wrapped in a fandom that you feel like you immediately recognize. I think it's supposed to be very Star Trek-like (and as someone who's attended a Star Trek convention, please don't ask, just file it under: my best friend begged me to do it) and if you know anything about that fandom, you know they are fierce and generational. Ashley captured that because it was Elle's father who introduced her to the series, and it was something that both of her parents loved.
Enter the wicked stepmother and stepsisters scenario (OMGOSH, how I loved that the stepsisters were YouTube fangirls of the show Darien's on!) and you have the makings of a tale that speaks to the fangirl/boy in all of us. With twists like the fact that Darien is so NOT the fandom's choice to play their beloved Captain Carmindor and that Elle's post exclaiming just that goes viral, how can you not enjoy the plot. The other twist of Darien accidentally texting Elle and setting up a back-and-forth correspondence will leave those of us who love the push-pull play in a classic romance smiling with complete and utter fannish joy.
I know most of us have survived the lifecycle of a number of fandoms (heck, we're Mundie Moms, after all) and this story will speak to the inner fangirl in all of us. Plus, with summer around the corner, this is the exact story I needed to read right now. It was quick, sweet and just so perfect. If you choose to read it via audiobook as I did, you will enjoy two narrators who present their characters beautifully. I loved the fact that they switched seamlessly back and forth and that they hit those banter-filled nuances perfectly.
I am so in the mood for more contemporaries after reading this. So, please, recommend some good ones you've read lately. I highly recommend Geekerella.
I read this book because of two reasons: one, I had to pick a book for my friend’s book club this month and, since I saw so many people raving about Geekerella, I thought it’d be the perfect book for us to read. The second reason was because of it’s title and blurb. It screams all things geeky and nerdy! And I’m a huge nerd and love all things fandom related, so I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. The book said this story was part love letter to nerd culture and that statement couldn’t be more accurate!
“She reaches out to take the jacket. I hesitate for a moment, like Frodo with his Ring, but then I remember ow much crap Frodo walked into and I’d rather not end up like Frodo. So I give it to Sage.”
My favorite aspect of the novel was the nerdy dialogue between the two main characters. It was so utterly geeky that I couldn’t stop laughing and nodding my head in agreement with the characters. It touched that nerdy part of my heart effortlessly.
Before I say any more, let me tell you a little about this book, without any spoilers, of course. So, our main heroine–Danielle, or as we know her by, Elle–is living with her stepmother, whom she called stepmonster, and her two evil stepsisters. She works at the magic pumpkin, a vegan food truck that she works at frequently to get away from her family and to make enough money so she can get away from them and go to ExcelsiCon–a con that was founded by her father, who has passed away years ago. She gets a text from a stranger, asking to get in touch with her father, but she tells him that it’s the wrong number. Darien, the new lead of the reboot of her favorite fandom/TV show, is in need of a friend and sees one in Elle–who doesn’t know who he really is. They keep texting each other and form a friendship that grows to more.
“-Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
-Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena”
If you haven’t guessed yet, this book is a Cinderella re-telling, but with a nerdy twist. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, adorkable, and utterly charming! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard reading a book! I thought Elle, our heroine, would be my favorite character but I honestly found her a bit harsh at times, mostly when she criticized Darien–before she knew who he was–for not being the perfect guy for the role of Carmindor, but I still really loved her character regardless. Darien stole the show for me, though. He was soooo geeky! And nerdy! And he made both my heart soar and my chest hurt from laughing so much from him commentary and inner monologue. He was perfect and I loved him!
“Jess paints a pretty picture of an orchestra, but if we are one, then I’m the first chair violinist… who’s been doused in gasoline and handed a match by the fans to watch me play while going up in flames.”
Another thing I love about this book? All the diversity the author added into the book. Darien isn’t just another white actor, adored by millions (Not saying there’s anything wrong with white actors) He’s black and, as someone who reads hundreds of books, it’s nice seeing a main character who’s a different color, other than white. I’m Hispanic, so I like when I can read about different characters of different races. And I especially like that he was the main hero and not a secondary character. Also, there’s a lesbian couple in this novel–won’t mention who, since it’d spoil the book a little–but they are the cutest couple ever! I just love when an author isn’t afraid to make their characters diverse and realizes that love is blind to things like race and gender. I hope you get what I mean!
Overall, this book was fantastic! I actually want to re-read it, since it was so funny, geeky, and good, which is rare for me since I don’t re-read books often. If you love geeky books with a romantic twist, I highly recommend this one! Or if you’re a love of YA fiction, I highly recommend this book as well! I promise you, you’ll love it and will want to swoon over how freaking adorable it is!
A fluffy, feel-good book that will make anyone want to smile, laugh, and geek out!
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”