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.
 
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’s 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 passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books...
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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

“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“[Geekerella] is a fresh, fun, charming retelling of Cinderella just for fangirls, with wonderfully human characters, great storytelling, and fun little details.”—Page Turners“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