Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Contemporary/Fairytale Retelling
My Rating: 5/5 stars
In this retelling of Cinderella, our heroine trades her ball gown for a cosplay, her fairy godmother for a green-haired girl who drives a vegan pumpkin truck, and her prince for the lead actor in the reboot of her favorite science fiction TV series.
Elle wants nothing more than to get away from her stepmother and stepsisters; but for now, she’s trapped, her only solace found in watching reruns of Starfield. That is, until the opportunity to enter a cosplay competition at a local convention presents itself; the prize: her ticket out of there.
Meanwhile, Darien Freeman is set to play the lead in the new Starfield reboot, and he has some big shoes to fill and some impossible fans to impress. He’s overwhelmed, overworked, and all he wants is an Orange Crush and to live a normal life.
In a series of strange, coincidental events, Elle and Darien connect via text message and find friendship and understanding in each other. Neither knows who the other is, but it doesn’t stop them from developing feelings that are a little more than of friends. So begins another Cinderella story…
We all know the story, and we’ve seen countless Cinderella retellings throughout the years. Yet Geekerella still manages to be fresh, and it easily captures the magic and wonder of one of our favorite characters.
I could just hug this book for how sweet and adorable and wonderful it was. The fandom references were on point, and altogether, this was such a fun ride. The writing was solid, the characters were believable, and the story was heartwarming. The evil stepmother was somewhat humanized in this, albeit still evil. The mean stepsisters were appropriately snooty, but with a delicious twist toward the end. The friendship that slowly blossoms between Elle and Sage, her coworker at the magic pumpkin, is just precious. And the romance that develops between her and Darien, our
famous actor prince, is realistic and very swoon-worthy.
One thing I appreciated was that the “prince” was more than that in this retelling. The thing I wish of the original stories sometimes is that we could hear more about him and his life, and here, we get that.
All in all, was it predictable? Yes. Did this keep me from being thoroughly entertained? Definitely not. I want this book to turn into a person so that I can hug it and be friends with it. It feels familiar and homey and just all the good feelings, okay?