Geekerella: The fairy tale made for a fangirl

Channel your inner geek with Ashley Poston’s “Geekerella,” a modern Cinderella story

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Geekerella: The fairy tale made for a fangirl

Rylie Horrall, Reporter

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Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is one of many modern renditions of the classic Cinderella story. It follows the life of Elle Wittimer, a nerdy girl obsessed with the TV show Starfield, and Darien Freeman, a teen actor who has been cast for the movie interpretation of said TV show. Elle is forced to live with her stepmother, Catherine, and two stepsisters, Chloe and Calliope after her father dies in a car accident.

Starfield holds a special place in Elle’s heart. The TV show that both her mother, who had died when she was younger, and father immensely enjoyed. Once she sees that some teen soap opera star is going to be playing her favorite character in the movie, she’s furious, firmly believing he is completely wrong for the role and expresses her opinion on her blog Rebelgunner.

Darien is secretly a nerd himself, ecstatic to play the lead role of Federation Prince Carmindor, but the life of an actor has become particularly draining and he finds himself longing for a normal life again. When he tries to back out of a convention organized by Elle’s father, ExcelsiCon, he comes into contact with Elle, and the two begin talking back and forth without meeting face to face.

They fall in love with each other, each not knowing who the other truly is until meeting at ExcelsiCon. When Elle has to leave early, Darien does his best to track her down and I’m sure you can figure the rest out from there.

So, as the saying goes: Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

— (Poston, 319)

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I was a little skeptical about reading it because I could tell just by looking at the title it probably had a cliche storyline, but it was much more unique than I thought it would be. The focus on ExcelsiCon, the antics of quirky side characters and the fandom craziness kept me completely engaged. I found myself falling in love with these characters as they fell in love with each other and I didn’t want to stop reading.

The Cinderella story, in my opinion, is a bit played out, but I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved the nerdiness that dominated throughout the story from both characters. It’s a good young adult novel sprinkled with romance, and it’s definitely a book I’d read again.