Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley PostonGeekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale

byAshley Poston

Hardcover | April 4, 2017

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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance.
 
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.
Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron (HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having...
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Title:Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy TaleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.77 × 5.76 × 0.9 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594749477

ISBN - 13:9781594749476

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from In My Top 3 Favourite Books! This sweet, modern twist on Cinderella had be laughing, cheering, and crying through it all. Poston perfectly captures fangirl culture. As a geek myself, this book quickly became one of my favourite. However, you don't need to be a nerd and understand the references to enjoy this book. A friend of mine has no relation to anything fandom yet loved the book as much as I did. A must read for anyone looking for a cute and easy read. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wanted to love it. I picked up Geekerella with pretty high expectations, since it checks a lot of my boxes and I'd heard positive reviews from a lot of people. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I loved the fandom aspect and the supporting characters were incredible, but the main characters were dull and stereotypical. I felt no chemistry between them, and there were no plot elements that surprised me.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DON’T LET THE COVER FOOL YOU I mean, don’t get me wrong it’s cute but some may think what’s behind that cover is very girly and not at all deep. It took me a week to read this beauty. Not because it was tedious or boring, it was my stupid grown-up life, just not enough time to read ☹ The first chapters were kind of hard, I had to get my mind wrapped around Starfield. In a sentence, it’s a TV series kind of like Star Trek, we have the Federation Prince Carmindor and Princess Amara that are trying to save the galaxy. Its very dorky. WHICH I LOVE. And talking about dorky, the writing is all about geeking out in a very good way. There are references about fanfiction, collectibles, cosplay, blogging, it’s a written party for all things Fandom and how the majority of the population just don’t get it, and when people don’t understand something it’s easier to make fun of it. But they forget, at the end of the day the so called “geeks” are the ones behind your new generation iPhone. “Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy? That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.” Going back to the storyline, Elle lives with her Step-Monster and twin stepsisters (Yes. Just like Cinderella) and they are horrible, to the point I had to refrain from tossing the book out the window. They are cruel towards Elle, only because she loves Starfield, just like her deceased father. One day Elle gets a text from a wrong number, and it’s non-other than Darien Freeman, the actor who will be portraying Carmindor in the new Starfield movie. They don’t know each other’s names, ages or sex, they have only one thing in common: Starfield. And so, the texting begins! And it’s so cute and pure. I loved it. “-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” **SWOOOOOON** Many bad things happen, unfair and horrible things to both Elle and Darien. But just like a fairy-tale, good overpowers evil. And they all lived happily ever after.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will give you the warm fuzzies 4.5 Well, that was just so freaking adorable, and exactly what I needed right now. A modern day Cinderella story, with diverse characters, fandom celebration, and pop culture references galore. Reading this book gave me a case of the warm fuzzies :)
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So So Cute This. Was. So. CUTE. I mean, REALLY. As far as Cinderella re-tellings go, I found this to parallel the Hilary Duff film "A Cinderella Story" more than anything else, Disney or otherwise. Very, very easy to swap this for that. And that said, I didn't hate it at all. It was well put together as whole. The writing may not have been the best out there, but the characters were fun. Darien's point of view were particularly interesting in regards to the movie filming and the celebrity high life. Elle's on the other hand was really quite heart jerking. You expect the stepmother and sisters to be awful, but Poston really took it to another level. A few times I had to slam my mouth shut and be thankful I was reading in the lunchroom alone so no one heard whatever sound just came out. Like, who does shit like that to their stepkid and gets away with it? And in the same vein of stepsisters, Poston thread a little twist in there that I actually really appreciated. I thought at first that the overly fangirl stuff was silly. But then as I read further, I realized I was being silly for thinking that. I may not be to the level where I go to conventions and cosplay, but I know how I am with my own favourite things. Excited at every little drop of news that comes your way, devouring every tidbit you find, and re-reading and re-watching every chance you get. AKA fangirling. Geekerella went from silly to highly relatable very quickly. There were a few references I didn't get or were overused, but it wasn't annoying.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cute!!! I love how I can easily relate to both of the main characters. I appreciate how this story really showcases the impact fiction can have on someone's life and that just because it's fiction, that doesn't mean that it can't have a very real meaning and significance to me. Elle and Darien care so much about the fandom and they are just so adorably cute and I love how their relationship developed. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much better than I thought it would be This was such a fun retelling of Cinderella, which is one of the more boring fairytales. I loved Darien and Elle's complicated relationship and how Ashley Poston linked cosplay with sci-fi and cosplaying.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and relatable Geekerella was a cute Cinderella retelling. I related a lot with the main character, who was geeky and into fandom. Darien was a cool, sweet and nice guy. I loved how they built their relationship over texting, a great modern touch to Cinderella.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books Fandom meets Cinderella. That's all you really need to know about this book. This book surprised me and ended up being one of my favorite books from 2017. It was such a fun read.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay It's always difficult when you read a book that is very similar to one you read recently. The immediate reaction is usually that the first book is better; only because it came first. The comparisons between Queen of Geeks and Geekerella are so obvious they are not even worth listing. But in case you don't know here's the gist: teen geek girl with nothing decides to attend a con, do cosplay to try and win a contest and makes a friend and/or boyfriend along the way. And while I did like Queens of Geek better I don't think it's because it came first, instead it's for all of the following reasons... Let's start with a quick list of things that drove me crazy: - If you have a brick of a phone then it probably doesn't text - 5'3 is not that short!! In fact it's usually considered the starting height for normal (take it from someone barely 5'1) - Both characters start out whiny and annoying. I realize this is part of the point but I was very tired of it by 35% into the story - Every teen in the history of the world knows that clothing drawers and behind pictures are the worst hiding place ever - If you're going to correct everyone that it's not a costume but a cosplay (all the time) then don't call it a costume in your own narrative!! Ashley Poston needed a geek editor to pick this one up - The legal lesson every single YA author needs to be told (it seems); if something is held in trust for someone until they are of a certain age then that item CANNOT BE SOLD by the person holding it in trust. This is law 101 and I can't believe how often this is screwed up in YA books - Our lead man Darien is of a non-white skin colour. I wish I could tell you what skin tone but for some reason Poston decides to rarely reference his skin colour. This bugs me because I like to be able to picture characters and let's face it skin tone is an important part of seeing characters in your mind the way the author intended (just like you'd give them a specific hair colour, gender, height, weight, etc.). I did however appreciate that the focus isn't his skin tone just because. Yes, I get I've just contradicted myself and I'm sure I'll get torn to bits by SJW's... I just wish I had a better picture in my mind of what Darien looked like, that's all. The really great things: - The rich sci-fi world created as the geek culture for the book. Clearly Poston has thought this world through. It's so good that I want someone to write a book or create a TV show based on the fake geek-verse. I think I would enjoy it a lot more than the actual story in Geekerella - The Pumpkin, dress and shoe are included and it doesn't feel lame or silly at all. Taking these very cliche things and making them feel like they bit in and are not forced is a hard thing to do. Props to Poston for incorporating them in a way that I didn't roll my eyes at - Sage is awesome (the character, not the herb). I adore her and would totally bring her home and love her if she was real (my husband will have to learn to share because I really love her that much in every way you can imagine) - The overall story of friendship is well put together. There is no insta-love, love triangle or any other ridiculous pretenses in this book. - And this quote is just so amazing "So everyone who tries something for the first time's a poser? Come on Elle, that's crazy." Because the only way you become fan is by starting somewhere Overall this book was just okay. It has some lovely little messages and tidbits to take away. I can totally appreciate girls between 11-15 swooning for this book and in 20 years talking about how it's a book that changed their life. There's something here, but it's just a bit too obvious for my reading tastes. I think this because as a geek child, when being a geek was not cool, I wish I had had this book. Maybe I would have stood up for myself more, had more confidence or not tried to blend in with everyone else even when I knew I didn't like what they liked. If this book helps even one teen having those thoughts then it's well worth being sold. That said, there were a large number of pitfalls in this book. Overall my biggest issue is how very unrealistic the entire premise and main love story are. I know, I know, Cinderella is all about the nobody becoming a princess and I shouldn't be surprised; but it's all just very farfetched. This is where Queens of Geek and it's realness soar above Geekerella for me. I would definitely buy this book for a geeky girl of 11-15 and would be very confident recommending it to someone that loves Cinderella (I may be the only geek girl in the world that doesn't like Cinderella that much...) and her rags to riches story. Without a doubt Poston takes us on a journey of a girl going from being afraid of everyone and everything to being a woman who is ready to tackle life no matter what it throws in front of her.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and fun Geekerella is very cute. I expected it to be more like the Cinderella story so I kept wondering when does this part hit with the original fairy tale. There are similar themes as the Cinderella theme but I really like this adaptation. I really enjoyed reading Darien's point of view. Then slowly I also really enjoyed reading Elle's point of view. What I also enjoy about this story is the world of fandom. I totally recommend this book! #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved reading this geeky retelling of Cinderella.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Geekerella by Ashley Poston Oh my geeky feels! I am in love. Ridiculously in love with Ashley Poston's Geekerella. This book is a fun rendition to every single person out there who has ever loved and have been part of a fandom. Absolutely perfect! I can’t stop beaming at this book. It made me smile ear to ear at so many points - and Elle goes through serious stuff in this book, as the Cinderella retelling goes, but it’s so heartwarming. The atmosphere is light and it’s fluffy and they’re just such dorks that I loved it. Cinderella is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales and I'm always happy to jump into a new spin, just like Geekerella's. This is a modern retelling, similar to Hillary Duff's A Cinderella Story movie, but much more entertaining and relatable to us geeky lovers. It has the horrible step-mother and step-sisters who Elle is forced to comply every demand, but with the fun twist of being a fandom-obsessed blogger, daughter of the Excelsi Con creator of said fandom, and finding herself exchanging texts with none other than the actor who will play the main lead in the new Starfield reboot.When it comes to made-up fandoms inside books, I often struggle to feel invested in them as much as the characters, but this time, I fell madly in love with Carmindor and Starfield to the point of wanting to believe that it's a real Sci-Fi series. I LOVED the banter between Sage and everyone else. I love that cover encapsulates them perfectly. I’m glad that Darien isn’t on the cover. I adore him to death, really, but this story was about Elle and her coming to terms that she doesn’t have to be treated like dirt anymore. Elle and Darien speak so passionately about this fandom that it's hard not to feel for it, to dream of one day watching the new reboot with Darien in it.Forgive all my fangirling, but I really cannot stop raving about this book. Geekerella may very well be my favorite read of the year so far. It's absolutely magical, romantic, and perfect for all of us geek at heart. Trust me on this one, you definitely want this book to be at the top of your TBR pile! "Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite." - Federation Prince CarmindorI teared up a little even at the author’s acknowledgments. Yes, I’m lame. But this book did Fangirl better than Fangirl, I think. I love Fangirl but that was more of a coming-of-age story than really about belonging in a fandom, which is what this is about. Elle found her friends and hope in something that is so important to her, and so did I. I don’t know if anyone else could really understand it. It’s fiction but the impact it leaves on you is real.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Geekerella by Ashley Poston Oh my geeky feels! I am in love. Ridiculously in love with Ashley Poston's Geekerella. This book is a fun rendition to every single person out there who has ever loved and have been part of a fandom. Absolutely perfect! I can’t stop beaming at this book. It made me smile ear to ear at so many points - and Elle goes through serious stuff in this book, as the Cinderella retelling goes, but it’s so heartwarming. The atmosphere is light and it’s fluffy and they’re just such dorks that I loved it. Cinderella is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales and I'm always happy to jump into a new spin, just like Geekerella's. This is a modern retelling, similar to Hillary Duff's A Cinderella Story movie, but much more entertaining and relatable to us geeky lovers. It has the horrible step-mother and step-sisters who Elle is forced to comply every demand, but with the fun twist of being a fandom-obsessed blogger, daughter of the Excelsi Con creator of said fandom, and finding herself exchanging texts with none other than the actor who will play the main lead in the new Starfield reboot.When it comes to made-up fandoms inside books, I often struggle to feel invested in them as much as the characters, but this time, I fell madly in love with Carmindor and Starfield to the point of wanting to believe that it's a real Sci-Fi series. I LOVED the banter between Sage and everyone else. I love that cover encapsulates them perfectly. I’m glad that Darien isn’t on the cover. I adore him to death, really, but this story was about Elle and her coming to terms that she doesn’t have to be treated like dirt anymore. Elle and Darien speak so passionately about this fandom that it's hard not to feel for it, to dream of one day watching the new reboot with Darien in it.Forgive all my fangirling, but I really cannot stop raving about this book. Geekerella may very well be my favorite read of the year so far. It's absolutely magical, romantic, and perfect for all of us geek at heart. Trust me on this one, you definitely want this book to be at the top of your TBR pile! "Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite." - Federation Prince CarmindorI teared up a little even at the author’s acknowledgments. Yes, I’m lame. But this book did Fangirl better than Fangirl, I think. I love Fangirl but that was more of a coming-of-age story than really about belonging in a fandom, which is what this is about. Elle found her friends and hope in something that is so important to her, and so did I. I don’t know if anyone else could really understand it. It’s fiction but the impact it leaves on you is real.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quirky and Adorable I'd wanted to read Geekerella since I first heard about it, as I'd heard it was both a perfect fangirl anthem, and a great example of the "famous person falling for the regular person" trope, of which I'm a huge fan. However, somehow I failed to realize that it's an actual Cinderella retelling, and not just a spin on the name, and I found myself completely falling head over heels for this adorable, heart felt contemporary. Elle is a self proclaimed nerd, and she's not ashamed to admit it. The original Starfield TV series was a lifeline for her growing up, and now her love for it is one of the only connections she feels she still has to her father who passed away when she was younger. The Star Wars or Star Trek type fandom is where she feels she truly belongs, and losing herself in revisiting her favorite episodes over and over again is the only way she can escape the harsh reality that is her life. Forced to live with her stepmother; who barely tolerates her, and her two spoiled, rotten stepsisters that make her life miserable, Starfield is one of the only things Elle has left in her life that's her own. However, that all changes when pretty boy Darien Freeman, star of a One Tree Hill type melodrama that Elle can't stand, is cast as the lead role in her beloved franchise's reboot, and all of a sudden everyone's all over the Starfield phenomenon, including her two obnoxious stepsisters. Elle is not okay with this blatant disrespect of one of her all time favorite characters, and she makes this opinion quite apparent on her fangirl blog. However, there may be more to Darien than she first expected; as it becomes apparent that he took on this role because of his own love for the original series himself. Told in dual viewpoints of both Elle and Darien, Geekerella is a quirky, heart warming contemporary that emphasizes being true to one's self, and never giving up on what you truly believe in. And I loved every stinkin, adorable moment of it. The Cinderella references were blended in so well to everyone going on around it, and were modernized perfectly for this "coming into your own" type story. I especially loved how the pumpkin coach was the vegan food truck where Elle works, and that the ball was a spectacular comic con type convention that Elle's own dad had helped to originally organize. As well, I loved how the romance started off as a friendship between two strangers who didn't even know who they were communicating with, and that to me personally it never felt like insta-love. I also appreciated the fact that the language, and teen drinking references were kept to a pretty bare minimum, which definitely contributed to just how my I enjoyed this particular novel. All in all, I think Ashley Poston did a fantastic job recognizing and representing the geek in all of us, and how it should never be something you're ashamed of, or something that you try to change about yourself to fit in. Elle was a protagonist I was proud to cheer for, and I loved how strong and determined she remained, no matter what obstacles were thrown into her pathway. This is definitely one of my favorite contemporaries I've read so far this year, and I encourage anyone who's a fan of young adult contemporaries to look past the not so great cover art to discover a pretty amazing debut novel that I guarantee you'll be impressed with!
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute cute cute A beautiful story that had me laughing, crying and yelling YEAH GIRL the whole way through. It's great seeing a Southeast Asian character as the romantic lead. The lighter parts always made me laugh and silent scream, and the more emotional scenes rendered me a pathetic puddle of feelings. 5/5 y'all gotta read this Ps. This gave me A Cinderella Story vibes, love it
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A really cute and light-hearted read that was easy to fly through.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This!! This book was so cute and such a feel good book!!! I loved the two POVs and seeing some overlap. I love retellings so much and this modern retelling of Cinderella with a hint of geekyness was just perfect
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute retelling of Cinderella Fangirling and cosplay! Geeks unite. Very cute. Realistic falling in love story. Lighthearted and lovely.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVEDDDDDDDDDDD ITTTTTTTTT this book is a fangirl's dream come true! i loved every second of it!!!!!!!!! <3
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light read! if you are looking for a cute and quick read, this is the one! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Excellent Book... love retellings of old fairy tales
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light hearted enjoyable read The geek in me loves this book. I'm a sucker for light hearted romance novels and YA books and geeky books and this had elements of all of that.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fanfiction meet cinderella I love the way this version blends geek with such a great fairytale. I wasn't sure that I would like it but the more I read the more I began to enjoy the story. Great for a Quick read
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favorite Book Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year! The characters were full of dynamic, and the story was so adorable. Geekerella had the perfect amount of Cinderella in it, and ugh everything was so perfect. This was the first book I've read in a long time where I couldn't put the book down, and was actually excited to read again! I am so happy that I decided to pick up this book!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I listened to the audiobook - this was a cute, lighthearted teen read.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute read! I really enjoyed reading this. It was super cute. I know it's a retelling of Cinderella, but I found that some of the "Cinderella" moments were grossly exaggerated. If not for that, I would have given it a 5. It's been a long time since I stayed up super late to finish a book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! Such a fun easy cute read!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! Such and easy, fun cute read!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fandoms, Geeky, Cinderella and Adorable I loved this book. I listened to it as an audiobook, and I loved it so much. It was light-hearted and fantastic. I loved the relationship between Darrien and Elle.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable I loved the mix of relatable and fairytale (not to mention the nerdy-ness). Especially loved that the love interest was a POC
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A geeky Cinderella retelling, do I need to say anythign else? In Geekerella we follow two different main characters, both super fans of a TV show called <i>Starfield</i>. One of them is Elle, one of <i>Starfield<i>'s biggest fans and daughter of the creator of one of the most important cons. The other one is Darien, another super fan who also happens to be the actor playing the main role in the <i>Starfield</i> movie remake. By chance of destiny, these two characters get in contact with each other and become close friends, even though they don't know who the other one is. I loved all the characters, their roles in this story, and their relationship with the classic story. With that said, Elle got on my nerves way too many times, such as pretentious thing, and Darien seemed like a "meh" character at times. However, that is overlooked by the great writing style, plot, and all those turns and every little thing that brought the story together. I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to read it, especially if you're a geek at heart (cause, god the references!).
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A combination of cute, fun and charming nuances.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this This was super adorable!!!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good a very interesting read. all the elements are spot on
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Cute, sweet, light, quick reading.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was so good! So relatable and so cute! Geekerella is perfect for anyone that's part of a fandom or even a fan of anything, really. It's so relatable and written really well. I can't wait to read more of Poston's books in the future! I highly recommend this!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I read this book a couple months ago and I guess it was fairly good for the most part. I kind of lost interest in the story part way through and had to force myself to finish it.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Addictive I am not normally one for teen books and I tried this one out as the title and cover was interesting. Amazing read, I read this within a week. It was a nice light book and if you are a fan of comic-cons and the world of geek you will definitely need to read this! Don't let the fact that its in the teen section of the bookstore! Its a great story and i got a it for a fellow Nerdo in my life!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this I loved every second of the book. I flew through it
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Forgettable It was a quick, fun read. Since the summer started I wanted to read more contemporary and the previous contemporary book I read before this one was really good and I thought to myself, "wow I'm really in the mood for more" and so I picked this one next. I was a bit disappointed with this one. I don't really expect much from contemp books, I view them as something light to read, cute and quick to get into, but I expect to feel something as well. I want to relate to the characters and feel sad or happy when THEY feel sad or happy. But I didn't with this one. Maybe it's because it's a Cinderella retelling and I've seen plenty of those. Whatever it was, I just didn't click with the book as much as I wanted to and I was only able to finish it because it was only one of the two books I brought with me to the Philippines and I had already finished the other one. There were no bookstores where I was for the week and so I had no other book to pick from. And I wanted to read. It wasn't totally bad. I wasn't disappointed the whole way through and while reading I did find my eyes glued to the page. But this will be another book to forget in a few months from now.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I literally finished this book within a day. This book is great for those geeks out there, not gonna lie I screamed when it made reference to the many fandoms I belong to. This is a good read that will bring out the inner geek within you
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good book this book really brings out the not-so-secret nerd in me. i love it
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations. Before starting this book I didn't really think I would like it simply because it felt like it was going to be this typical teen drama. However, the way the incorporated the cinderella story into the novel was woven in quite well. There were some parts that were a little bit cliché but overall it's a cute read. I recommend this to anyone who loves fanfiction or the concept of fandoms because it is definitely a major topic in the novel.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 319 Number of times read (including the time before this review):1 Rating (out of five stars): 4.5 I expected not to like Geekerella. Truth be told, I thought I had reached my contemporary capacity. I’m also not truly a part of any fandoms, so I assumed I wouldn’t get it. Sure, I have books that I love, and I would love to have all the candles, jewelry, etc. that has to do with those books and characters, but I don’t really show it other than in my reviews. I’m going to put out a warning for all the cynics out there; if you don’t want a slightly clichéd happily ever after book, I say skip this one. It is a Cinderella retelling after all. The characters were really well done. I don’t read chapter headings, so when I started chapter two, I was surprised to find myself not in Elle’s head anymore, meaning Darien and Elle had very distinct voices. In my mind, Elle overshadowed Darien a bit, but not enough for it to be terribly noticeable. This may be because I cried twice during Elle’s chapters within the first 100 pages alone, and I’m not much of a book crier. In fact, the range of emotions I went through, especially near the end, was interesting. I went from tears welling in my eyes, to engrossed, to slamming the book against the bed and annoying my sister. I even had to take breaks because I couldn’t bear to continue on. Geekerella proved me wrong. It showed me I’m more of a fangirl than I thought I was. Everything about Elle’s love of Starfield spoke to me. I have gone through needing fictional worlds to escape some not great situations.  When you’re busy hoping and wishing you could go to Hogwarts, or any other fictional world, you don’t have to remember what’s happening to you in the real world. I also loved the changes to Cinderella, especially the magic pumpkin food truck. What’s not to love about greasy, vegan, pumpkin-based foods? I’m also glad that Elle’s stepsisters didn’t both hate Elle just for the sake of hating her. I’m sure Chloe thought she had a valid reason, and I was overjoyed when Cal redeemed herself. Overall, Geekerella loses some points for being kind of cheesy, but it makes up for it with great characters and interesting twists on the original tale, earning it 4.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So. Much. Fun! I devoured this in an evening! Great take on a popular story. Recommend for anyone who's fallen in love with Firefly, Star Trek, Battlestar, or any sci-fi franchise.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! This book was a great retelling. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light Easy Read! Cute take on a modern fairy tale.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun cute nerdy Cinderella story
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable Absolutely adorable retelling of Cinderella.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super cute! Its like a super cuter version of the original story.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fandom Galore A really geeky retelling of Cinderella. This novel hit all the Cinderella points and was an overall cuteee novel.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An ode to fandoms A cute retelling of Cinderella centred around a fictional fandom, Geekerella does not disappoint! It is very much about community, difficult relationships with parents, grief and loss, bullying and social media, and being true to yourself and your inner nerd. This book also deals peripherally with issues of race, class, and sexuality in a great way - wish we had seen a little more of those topics though.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An ode to fandoms A cute retelling of Cinderella centred around a fictional fandom, Geekerella does not disappoint! It is very much about community, difficult relationships with parents, grief and loss, bullying and social media, and being true to yourself and your inner nerd. This book also deals peripherally with issues of race, class, and sexuality in a great way - wish we had seen a little more of those topics though.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Retelling This novel was a cute, easy, quick and light read.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Cute Romance! There was a lot of things that I loved and didn't love about this book. I loved the idea of a geeky Cinderella retelling and I think the author did a good job with all the geekiness. The only downside was that it was maybe a little too geeky? Like everything had to related to this one tv series which I get but at time it felt like A LOT. I was also expecting more references to other fandoms like Harry Potter or Star Wars. There were some brief mentions of them but I was hoping for more. I was hoping that I'd get to fangirl with the characters instead of not knowing what they were talking about most of the time. Besides that it was a pretty cute book. The romance was a little too cheesy but in a cute way so it was easy to overlook. I'd still recommend this book to any Cinderella Story lovers and those who like a quick and easy read.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from will not regret! I was a little skeptical going into this (because Fangirl by Rowell sort of brought down the hype for me going into any other fandom-related book) but this was actually pretty good! I loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So adorable This book is so well done. The contemporary plot perfectly fits into the classic tale of Cinderella, and all the twists and ideas are quite unique and fun. I actually laughed out loud several times while reading this, so go read it and experience all the fangirl-relatable stuff!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So excited! I have heard so many great things about this book and can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Ode To Geekdom “We’re all geeks here.” Before I start, I should say that I’m a little wary going into fandom novels. I have this irrational fear that the protagonist is only a fangirl or a fanboy as a quirky side story and that it’s not at all given enough importance. And yet, after about ten minutes of reading Geekerella, I knew I was didn't need to be wary of ANYTHING. Danielle – Elle – lives with her horrible stepmother (*ahem stepmonster*) and her two equally horrible stepsisters. Her mom died at a young age, and her father in an accident a while later. In a home that used to be hers and her father’s, she feel like an outsider. She’s made to do the chores and the cleaning and she also has a job – she’s a modern day Cinderella, only without a Prince Charming. Until she gets a call from a strange number, for what used to be her dad’s number for the Convention he used to organise, and a conversation sparks with a boy she’s never met and knows nothing about. A boy she’s also spewing hate about on the Internet for his new role in her favourite show’s reboot. And her geeky fairy tale is just about to begin. “All me had was a moment. Just a moment in an impossible universe waltzing that beautiful, impossible waltz.” I LOVED ALL THE GEEKY AND ADORABLE THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. Told from the dual perspectives of Elle (Cinderella) and Darien (Prince Charming), Geekerella is EVERYTHING a fairy tale retelling with a fangirl twist should be. Let me list it all out: 1) THERE ARE ALL THE FANDOM REFERENCES AND PUNS AND YOU WILL GET THEM AND IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE COME HOME 2) Darien is Elle’s Fictional Crush in a reboot of her favourite TV Show, and he is SO perfect and insecure and I LOVE HIM ACK. 3) DID I MENTION THAT DARIEN IS A FANBOY? He was a Prince Charming FANBOY. SAVE ME. 4) Sage (Elle’s best friend/ co-worker) with her Green hair and attitude to match is AWESOME and you will fall in love. (Totally think she deserves her own book) 5) It’s such a Cinderella retelling with the BEST KIND OF TWIST. The only reason this isn’t a five star read for me is because in the end of the book, Elle and Darien were MAGICALLY IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. I understand having feelings/ being deep on the crush end but I DIDN’T GET HOW THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. A hilarious, adorable tribute to fairy tales and fandoms that you NEED TO GET YOUR HANDS ON!
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 "she's like a Dalek with a blacklist" stars I am super sad that I didn't end up loving GEEKERELLA as much as I thought I would based not only on rave reviews but because this plot just seems like everything I am and love. I think my main problem was that Elle seemed like the least assertive CINDERELLA-style heroine ever. She's a little bit Danielle from Ever After, a pinch of Cinder from CINDER, a dash of Ella from ELLA ENCHANTED, and a whole lot of a pushover in the worst kind of way. Yes, I know, it sounds like I'm arguing against the whole concept of this tale but we've seen this kind of character have strength in different ways, even as she bows to all her stepmother's edicts and demands, and I felt and saw none of that from Elle. The only time I actually liked her is when she was with her friend Sage; and even in the beginning I just didn't understand her reluctance to embrace that friendship. I mean, I won't say Sage was worth all of my Elle-frustrations but she totally stole the show for her role as a goth punky sorta-fairy-godmother who also happened to be a (surprise) lesbian. Team!Sage. Also, surprisingly, I loved this story's version of the prince. Darien is a famous actor who has a cult following from a The OC style show and has landed the coveted lead role of the Starflight reboot. It's basically a Star Wars/Firefly/Battlestar Galactica mashup. His relationship with Elle begins when he texts a number listed for the organizer of a Starflight-themed con he's supposed to attend, a number that belonged to Elle's late father and she now uses, and the occasional fandom-y comment or observation turns into long conversations as they connect. Neither knowing who the other is. CINDERELLA-y hijinks ensue, however, and of course that means dealing with a stepmonster and bratty stepsister or two. And it's those elements that stayed so close to the original fairytale that I loathed. I really didn't see a lot of realistic explanation or rationalization for the cruel behaviour inflicted on Elle. It made some parts really hard to read. I would've preferred this to have had some kind of more modern update or just been.. I don't know, something more. The same goes for the douchebags in Darien's life (and even his agent who was on his side and yet was completely and painfully useless). They really dragged the story down for me even as the text-relationship (one of my favourite tropes) and all the wonderful fandom references and Sage tried to keep my enjoyment afloat. While this was cute, with a few seriously laugh-out-loud lines, diverse and nerdy, and I liked how realistically Poston tackled the "now I'm dating a celebrity" issue at the end, overall I feel kind of sad for not loving this. But I know I'm definitely in the minority here.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I love contemporary books that include fandoms and cosplaying and conventions, so Geekerella was a must read for me. And it did not disappoint (too much) I found the romance rather unbelievable, but apart from that I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and relatable and extremely well written You may think this is just basic YA fiction, but it's not. It's refreshing (Cinderella!), funny, and you can't help but love the characters. I really loved reading this novel, especially after seeing it around social media so often, I decided to give it a chance. The characters, the plotline, the dialogue were intriguing and funny and very well written. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatably Geeky and Great Geekerella is a refreshing modern take on Cinderella~ It's fun and full of cute surprises. There are struggles and hardships but as with any fairy tale, there is a Happily Ever After. Would anyone think otherwise?? Although fairy tales don't exactly happen in real life, Geekerella was so relatable and down-to-earth. It's a sweet story with some difficult moments but nothing too tough. To be honest I was not expecting to find such excellent representation in Geekerella. The fandom love and the clear diversity excited me. So much love for it! I loved the alternating chapters between Elle and Darien. They really painted a clear picture of the conflict and battles they wage in themselves and with others. It sucked having to see them suppress their own wishes to submit to their "parent's" orders. I was all too happy and eager to see them step out of their comfort zone and grow. I was a little surprised at how easily Elle and Darien accepted the truth about their mystery text pal given they kind of hate each other in real life? Though I think it's really a silly hate-love thing ;) The two of them made for an awkward (at first) but sweet couple. What I love the most about Geekerella is how Ms. Poston is able to take the classic Cinderella elements and depict them in a modern style. From the pumpkin carriage to the Fairy Godmother to the Ball, every important detail were all still very present in the story. It's different in a creative and original way but still wholly the fairy tale Cinderella. I didn't completely fall in love with Geekerella but I can't really put my finger on why. Maybe it was because I didn't see the mean guys suffer any consequences? At least nothing to my liking but that's definitely a personal issue. It really didn't detract from my enjoyment of the overall storyline. Ms. Poston transforms a timeless fairy tale into a novel that will make readers smile, sulk, glare, swoon and laugh in equal measures. I'm positive there will be even more gushing over Geekerella in the days to come~
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun fangirl Cinderella story A fun retelling of the Cinderella story with a few modern twists. Danielle is a fangirl of the sci-fi show Starfield. Even though it's been in re-runs since before she was born, it's still her favourite. In a plan to escape her horrid step-mother and manipulative step-sisters, she intends to enter the costume competition at the upcoming cos-play convention that her late father helped co-found years earlier. Darien Freeman has been cast to play Prince Carmindor in the Starfield remake. He only hopes he can live up to the role since he has secretly been a fan of the show for years and doesn't want to disappoint himself and the fans of the show. Danielle and Darien connect in a an unexpected way and develop and online relationship where they quickly come to depend on each other. I eagerly awaited to read each new text message to see what would be revealed. It was interesting to see how each of them found it easier to relate and reveal secrets to a stranger than to people they'd know for years. This story serves as a reminder to not judge people by their appearance. Take the time to get to know them instead of jumping to conclusions. People are more than their costume/appearance. Author Ashley Poston wrote an entertaining, though sensitive story. All the little details, such as Franco the neighbour's dog, brought the story to life. You don't have to be a fangirl/fanguy to enjoy this book as the storyline provides enough explanations for the un-initiated. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-02-26

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The stepmonster is at it again.     Raffles, discount coupons, and magazine sweepstakes lay strewn across the kitchen table. My stepmom sits straight-backed in one of the creaky wooden chairs, delicately cutting out another coupon, dyed blonde hair piled on top of her head in perfect ringlets, lipstick the color of men’s heartblood. Her white blouse is spotless, her dark pencil skirt neatly ironed. She must have a meeting with a potential client today.     “Sweetie, a little faster this morning.” She snaps her fingers for me to hurry up.     I shuffle over to the counter and pry open the coffee tin. The smell is strong and cheap—the only kind I was raised on. Which is all the better, seeing as we can’t afford expensive coffee, although I know that never stops the stepmonster from ordering her double-shot dirty chai soy latte no whip every morning and charging it to one of her dozens of credit cards.     Catherine—my stepmom—picks up another magazine to cut. “No carbs this morning. I’m feeling bloated and I have a meeting with a couple this afternoon. Big wedding plans. She’s a debutante, if you could believe that!”     In Charleston? I can believe it. Everyone’s either a debutante, a Daughter of the Confederacy, or a politician’s kid—Thornhill or Fishburne or Van Noy or Pickney or a handful of old Charlestonian names. And I couldn’t care less.     I dump two scoops of coffee into the machine—plus an extra one for good measure. It feels like a three-scoop kind of day. Maybe adding more caffeine to their morning will get my stepmother and the twins out before nine. That’s not too much to wish for, is it?     I glance up at the clock on the microwave. 8:24 a.m. Unless the twins start moving at warp speed, I’ll be cutting it real close. I say a silent prayer to the Lord of Light or Q or whoever is listening: Please, for once, let the stepmonster and the twins leave the house on time. Starfield history will be made today at 9 a.m. sharp on Hello, America, and I won’t miss it. I refuse. Finally, after years of delays and director changes and distribution snafus, the movie is happening—a reboot, but beggars can’t be choosers—and today they’re making the long-awaited announcement of the official film platform. The lead actors, the plot, everything. I’ve missed Starfield marathons and midnight rereleases of the final episode in theaters and convention appearances because of Catherine and the twins, but I’m not missing this.     “They want to say their vows under the magnolia trees at Boone Hall Plantation,” Catherine goes on. “You know, ever since Ryan Reynolds and his wife got married there, that place is always booked.” Catherine is a wedding planner. I’ve watched her spend entire weekends hand-sewing sequins onto table toppers and hand-pressing invitations at the print shop downtown. The way she plans a venue, down to the type of cloth on the tables and the color of flowers in the vases, making every wedding look like a magical land of unicorns. You’d think she does it because of her own happily-ever-after cut short, but that’s a lie. She wants her weddings in Vogue and InStyle, the kind you Instagram and Pinterest a hundred times over. She wants the renown of it, and she’s sunk all of Dad’s life insurance payout into her business. Well, her business and everything she claims is “essential” to her “image.”     “I want to at least look like I shop at Tiffany’s,” she says, talking more to herself than to me.It’s the same spiel again and again. How she used to shop at Tiffany’s. How she used to attend galas at Boone Hall Plantation. How she used to be happily married with two wonderful daughters. She never mentions me, her stepdaughter.     Catherine finishes cutting her coupon with a sigh. “But that was all before. Before your father left me and the twins here in this dreadful little house.”     And there it is. Like it’s my fault that she’s blown all her savings. Like it’s Dad’s fault. I take out Dad’s Starfield  mug—the only thing left of his in our house—and pour myself a cup of coffee.     Outside, the neighbor’s dog begins to bark at a passing track-suited jogger. We live on the outskirts of the famous historical district, the house not quite old enough to be a tourist attraction but not new enough to be renovated—not that we could afford it anyway. Two streets over and you run into the College of Charleston. Our house was one of the last ones left after Hurricane Hugo decimated the coast of South Carolina before I was born. The house has its leaks, but all good and old things do. I’ve lived here my whole life. I don’t know anything else.      Catherine absolutely hates it.     The coffee smell is rich and nutty. I take a sip, and I almost melt. It’s heaven. Catherine clears her throat, and I pour coffee into her favorite mug: white with pink flowers. Two sugars (the only sweetness she splurges on each day), lightly stirred, with three ice cubes.     She takes it without even looking up from her magazine. And then, when the neighbor dog lets out a sharp howl, she sets down her cup. “You would think dogs would learn when to shut up. Giorgio has enough on his plate without that dog barking.”     Catherine likes to pretend she’s on a first-name basis with everyone, but especially people she deems important. Mr. Ramirez—Giorgio—is a banker, which means he has a lot of money, which means he’s an influential part of the country club, which means he’s important.     “If it doesn’t shut up soon,” she goes on in that cool, detached voice of hers, “I’ll muzzle it myself.”     “His name’s Franco,” I remind her. “And he doesn’t like being tied up.”     “Well, we all must get used to disappointment,” she replies, and takes another sip of coffee. Her blood-colored lips turn into a scowl and she shoves the mug back at me. “Too bitter. Try again.”     Begrudgingly, I put in another cube of ice to water it down. She takes the coffee and tries another sip. It must be sufficiently soulless, because she sets it down beside her stack of coupons and goes back to scanning the gossip column in her magazine.     “Well?” She prods.     I hesitate, looking from her coffee to her, wondering if I’ve forgotten something. I’ve been doing this for seven years—I don’t think I’m missing anything.     Outside, the dog gives a pitiful howl. Oh.     She raises a pencil-thin eyebrow. “How am I supposed to have a calm morning with that racket?” she goes on in that overworked, all-knowing voice of hers. “If Robin was still here . . .”     I glance back at her. Open my mouth. Begin to say that I miss Dad too. I want him here too—but something stops me. Or I stop myself. I blame it on the lack of coffee. One sip doesn’t give you the insta-courage a cup does. Besides, I’m not trying to make Catherine mad. I’m trying to get her caffeinated, placated, and out the door.     She flips the page in her magazine and picks up the scissors again to cut out a coupon for a winter coat. It’s June. In South Carolina. But then Catherine clears her throat. “Danielle, do something to get that mutt to quiet down.”     “But—”     “Now,” Catherine says, flicking her hand for me to hurry up.     “Sure, my queen,” I mutter under my breath. While Catherine puts down her coupons and picks up an article about Jessica Stone’s latest red carpet look, I slip last night’s steak tips out of the fridge and hurry through the back door.     Poor Franco sits in the mud outside of his doghouse, thumping his tail in a puddle. He looks at me through the broken slat in the fence, a muddy brown Dachshund in a dirty red collar. It rained last night and his doghouse flooded, just like I told Mr. Ramirez—sorry, Giorgio—it would.     Mr. Ramirez brought Franco home a few weeks after he married his second ex-wife, I guess as a dry run for having a kid. But since his divorce a few years ago, he pretty much lives at work, so Franco is this forgotten idea that never panned out, with the flooded doghouse to prove it. At least the poor Frank can float.     I slide the container through the slat and rub the dog behind the ears, slathering my fingertips in mud. “You’re a good boy, yes you are! Once I save up enough, I’ll spring the both of us out of here. Whatcha think of that, copilot?” His tail pat-pats excitedly in the mud. “I’ll even get us matching sunglasses. The whole nine yards.”     Franco’s tongue lolls out of the side of his mouth in agreement. Maybe they don’t even make doggy sunglasses, but for a while I’ve had this picture in my head: me and Franco crammed into a beat-up car, heading out on the only highway out of town—wearing sunglasses, of course—and headed straight for L.A.     Ever since I can remember, my fingers have itched to make things. To write. I have filled journals, finished fanfics, escaped again and again into the pages of someone else’s life. If Dad was right—if I could do anything, be anyone —I would make a show like Starfield and tell other weird kids that they aren’t alone. And after next year—my senior year—I’m going to do it. Or start to. Study screenwriting. Write scripts. I’ve already got a portfolio, kind of. Right now I satisfy my need to write by blogging on my site Rebelgunner, where I cover the one thing I know for certain: Starfield. That and the money I’m scraping together from my job at the food truck are gonna be my ticket out of here. One day.     “Danielle!” my stepmom screeches from the kitchen window.     I push the steak tips under the fence and Franco dives headfirst into the bowl.     “Maybe in another universe, boy,” I whisper. “Because for now, my home is here.”     This place is too full of memories to leave, even if I wanted to. Dad technically left the house to me, but Catherine’s in charge of it while I’m still a minor. So until then—     “Danielle!”     Until then I’m here with my stepmother and her daughters.      “All right! Coming!” With one last scratch behind Frank’s ear, I say goodbye, make a mental note to return later for the dish, and dart back to the kitchen.     “Girls!” Catherine calls again, slinging a Gucci purse over her shoulder. “Hurry up or you’ll be late for Mr. Craig’s lesson! Girls? Girls! You better be awake or so help me I’ll . . .” Her footsteps thud up to their room and I glance at the clock. 8:36. There’s no way they’ll be out of here in time. Not unless I speed things along.     Begrudgingly, I assemble kale and strawberries and almond milk to fix the twins’ morning smoothies. Catherine has, of course, left her magazine splayed on the counter, so Darien Freeman’s face is grinning up at me. My lips curl into a sneer. There were rumors that he had signed on to the new Starfield remake, but that’s about as big of a joke as saying Carmindor will be played by a pug riding a skateboard. You don’t put a soap opera star in charge of an entire galaxy.     Ugh. I press blend and try not to think about it.     Upstairs, there are muffled thumps as Catherine drags the twins out of bed. This happens every morning, like clockwork.     My summertime morning routine goes like this: Wake up—coffee, extra scoop for Mondays. Catherine stoops over the morning papers, cutting out coupons. Lingers too long on purses and pretty dresses. Says something passive-aggressive about her old life. Orders me to fix breakfast. Instead, I feed the Frank. Catherine goes upstairs to yell at the twins for “forgetting” to set their alarms. I still don’t fix breakfast. Ten minutes later, the twins are fighting over the shower, and Catherine reminds me that she is the one with the deed to the house, Danielle, and unless I want her to cash in this place for a luxury condo —as if this house would ever get that much—I had better fix breakfast. So I blend up their Grinch vomit, the twins grab their matching tumblers, and Catherine shoves them out the door for tennis lessons.     The rest of my day is never much better. I’ll be five minutes late to work, but my coworker Sage—the food-truck owner’s daughter—is too engrossed in her Harajuku fashion magazines to even notice. Then it’s eight hours in the Magic Pumpkin, doling out healthy food-truck fritters to bankers in tight business suits and soccer moms with babies bouncing on their hips. Then I’m elbowing my way through the supermarket armed with coupons that make the cashier roll her eyes when I get in line (everyone hates coupons). Then home again for “family dinner,” made by me. Cue the twins’ mean comments on my cooking, then their disappearance upstairs to film a beauty vlog about the perfect cat eye or best eyeshadow pairing with ruby lips or whatever. Then dishes, leftovers, one last check on Franco, and bed.     Well, sorta. Then late-night reruns of Starfield on my Dad’s boxy TV in the corner of my room. Maybe I write a blog post about the episode, if I’m feeling inspired. Check all my Stargunner fansites for news. I fall asleep to the Federation Prince’s voice. “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”     The next morning I wake up, and we do everything all over again. But this time—plot twist!—I get to work on time. Maybe Sage actually talks to me for once. Maybe the twins are nice. Maybe someone stuffs two airplane tickets to L.A. into the tip jar. Maybe I write a love-letter to episode 43 instead of criticizing the integrity of the characters as the colony blows up. Maybe I dream about Dad.     The blender growls as though it’s in pain. I let it rest and shake the kale smoothie into two separate tumblers, nervously glancing at the microwave clock. 8:41 a.m.     After sliding the twins’ breakfasts across the counter like the seasoned food service employee I am, I root around in the cabinet for the jar of peanut butter I tucked away last night. I protect my peanut butter like Smeagol protects the One Ring—mine, precious—no matter what diet “we” are on as a household.  Right now, Catherine’s on a paleo kick, but last month it was raw foods. Before that South Beach—or was it Atkins? Something with bacon. Next week will be low-fat or low-salt or...whatever she’s craving. Whatever food she can make me make by threatening to sell this house—Dad’s house.     I scrape out the last bit of peanut butter from the bottom of the jar, savoring its taste on my tongue. I take my victories wherever I can get them.     Upstairs, the shower turns off with a groaning of pipes. Finally. The twins are taking their sweet time this morning. Usually they enjoy tennis practice at the country club because their friends are always there. It’s the hangout spot if you’re popular and rich. As for me? Catherine’s always not-so-subtly insisting that the only thing I’m fit for at the club is toting someone’s golf clubs.     I dispose of the peanut butter jar in the garbage and check my indestructible brick phone, which I “inherited” after Dad died. Another grand idea from the stepmonster, another way to save the money we barely have: the twins were allowed to buy new ones, but if I wanted a phone, I had to take what I could find in the house. It’s huge—you can practically fend off a ship full of Reavers with it—but at least it tells the time.     8:43 a.m. Can’t they leave any sooner? Just once. Just once be out of the house by 9 a.m.     They’re upstairs, but Chloe’s nasally voice can be heard clear as a bell. “But, Mom, Darien Freeman’s going to be on TV this morning! I will not miss that.”     My heart sinks. If Chloe commandeers the TV, there’s no way I’ll get to watch Hello, America.     “We can be a few minutes late,” echoes Calliope. Cal sides with Chloe on everything. They’re the same age as I am—rising seniors—but we might as well be on different planets. Chloe and Calliope are starters on the varsity tennis team. Organizers of the homecoming committee. Prom leaders. And they don’t mind using their popularity to remind everyone at school that I’m practically dirt. That without their family, I’d be an orphan.     Thanks. Like I could forget that.     “We can’t miss this,” Chloe says. “We have to watch it and vlog about it or everyone  else will get their reactions up before us. And that would kill us, Mom. It would kill us.”     “Sweeties, I’m paying Mr. Craig a handsome tuition to teach you girls tennis. I am not wasting your varsity positions next year for a television program!” Catherine descends the stairs and reenters the kitchen, rustling through her purse. “Danielle, have you seen my cell phone?”      I reach over the counter to unhook it from the wall charger. “Here it is.”     “Now why did you put it there?” She takes the phone from me without a second glance and begins scrolling through her Facebook feed. “Oh,” she adds, “and remember, tomorrow is—”     “Yeah,” I say. “I know.” Like I’d forget the day my own father died. “Should I get orchids this year or—”     “Girls!” Catherine yells, checking her watch. “Get down here now!”     “Fine!” They trample down the stairs in their tennis whites and grab their smoothies from the counter. The twins are the spitting image of Catherine. Light hair, hazel eyes, pouty heartbreaker lips. Chloe and my stepmom are cut from the same cloth, but Cal’s cut a little different, a little quieter. I think that’s because she takes after her own dad, who ran off when the girls were young and married the daughter of some Atlantic City casino owner.     Right now, they both have their blonde hair pulled back into tight ponytails, and they’d be impossible to tell apart if you didn’t know Calliope always matches her earrings to her purple glasses, and Chloe has a new nail color every day—today, a sweet summer blue. Sometimes evil comes in disguise.     “This isn’t fair! Why doesn’t Elle have to go to these stupid lessons?” Chloe whines.     “Girls.” My stepmother tsks, putting on a patient smile. “Elle has to make do with the talents she does have.”     I try to ignore her as I grab my house keys from the bowl in the foyer and put them in my satchel, pretending like I’m getting ready for work. Sometimes I think Catherine just forgets I’m in the room.     “You’re going to ruin our career,” Chloe accuses, sucking on her green smoothie. “We need to be on top of this.”     “Everyone else will be tweeting about it,” Calliope adds.     “Ever since we got a hundred thousand views because of our Seaside Cove makeup tutorial, people expect us to be on our game!”     “GIRLS!” Catherine jabs a pink nail toward the door. “Four hundred dollar lessons. NOW!”     Calliope rolls her eyes, grabs her purse from the rack in the foyer, and storms out the door to the red Miata (another “necessity” for Catherine’s “image”). Catherine glares at the remaining twin. If there is one thing Chloe can’t stand up to, it’s her mother’s disapproval. She grabs her purse too—the exact same as Cal has, except pink—and stomps out after her sister. I don’t envy that ride to practice.     My stepmom gives one last victory fluff to her hair in the foyer mirror. “Are you sure you don’t want me to put in a good word for you at the club, Danielle? I’m sure they’d take you back even after your...incident...last year. You’ve learned, haven’t you?”     To never trust a guy again? Sure. I pull on a polite smile. “No, thanks.”     “It’s the best place for someone like you, you know.” She shakes her head. “You’ll see I’m right in the end.”     With that, she closes the door.     I wait until the Miata pulls out of the driveway before I dart into the living room and turn on the TV. 8:57. Perfect. The food truck’s supposed to pick me up at ten to head to the RiverDogs baseball game across town, so I have plenty of time. For the next hour, I will be basking in perhaps the biggest news in Starfield history.     This moment to end all moments—or maybe begin them. A new Starfield for a new generation. I like the possibility in that.     Grabbing the remote from the coffee table, I sit down cross-legged in front of the 54-inch TV. The black screen flickers, and anticipation blooms in my chest. I wish Dad could be here to see this. I wish he could be sitting beside me. He’d be just as excited—no, he’d be more excited. But the reality is, I don’t really have anyone to fangirl about this with. About who will finally don the Federation starwings and follow in the legendary footsteps of David Singh, the original Prince Carmindor. I’ve been blogging about it for months in my little corner of the world, but no one really reads it. Rebelgunner is therapeutic, more like a journal. The closest I have to friends is the online Stargunner community, where everyone’s been speculating about the casting: maybe the guy from the latest Spider-Man  movie? Or maybe that cute Bollywood star who’s in all the Tumblr GIFsets? Whoever it is, they’d better not whitewash my prince.    On the TV, Hello, America is wrapping up a segment about pets doing goofy things on the internet. The host beams, and then the camera cuts to the audience. It’s full of girls—lots of girls—and all of them are cheering. Holding signs. Wearing T-shirts with the same name scribbled across them. A name that makes the anticipation in my chest grow cold and drop like an atomic bomb into my stomach.     Darien Freeman.     The girls throw up their hands for the camera, screaming his name. One person’s name. Some look like they’re literally going to swoon.     I don’t swoon.     My excitement makes a U-turn into dread.     No—no, this can’t be right. I must have the wrong channel.     I jab the remote info button. Hello, America, the caption states, and I want nothing more than for the Black Nebula to swallow me whole.     What are the odds? What are the odds of him being on the same morning talk show? What are the odds of him  being the guest appearance on the show that will announce the Starfield cast?     But the host is smiling, and says a few choice words, and suddenly all my fears come to light.     The Starfield logo blazes across the screen behind her. This moment has become a train wreck I can’t look away from. It’s my entire fandom crashing into a burning, bubbling pit of despair.     No. No, it’s not him. It can’t be him.     Darien Freeman is not my Federation Prince Carmindor.

Editorial Reviews

Spring 2017 Kids Indie Next List Pick2017 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Best Young Adult FictionNamed to Seventeen's 2017 "12 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer" List“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“Fairytale and fandom collide in this sweet, heartfelt, entertaining rom-com.”—Bustle“A legit love letter to geekdom.”—Paste Magazine“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“This geeky twist on a classic Cinderella story is honestly the most adorable thing ever!”—Her Campus“This charming and funny twist on Cinderella is the perfect YA fandom fairytale.” —BNTeen blog“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 “A celebration of fandom and happily ever afters, this feel-good reimagining hits all the right notes.”—Publishers Weekly“Geekerella is funny and real, adorable yet heart-wrenching, and a wonderful new YA reimagining of a classic story. It’s everything you could want in a book, and it deserves attention from all fans of contemporary YA.”—Ava M., B&N Teen 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 “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 themselves a geek, nerd, fan, or just awesome.”—YA Bibliophile“A fresh, fun, charming retelling of Cinderella just for fangirls, with wonderfully human characters, great storytelling, and fun little details.”—Page Turners