Book Review → Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank you to Quirk Books for approving my NetGalley request to read Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This in no way affects my opinions.


Young Adult Fiction // Categories: Contemporary, Retellings
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Format: eARC • 320 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Other books by Ashley Poston: The Sound of Us

Get ready for your hearts to burst with joy—Geekerella is the perfect read if you are part of a fandom and know what it feels like to love something so much.

Geekerella is a modern retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale told from two points of view: Danielle "Elle" Wittimer, passionate fan of Starfield (a classic sci-fi/Star Trek-esque series); and Darien Freeman, the actor chosen to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the upcoming Starfield reboot. No one believes Darien is good enough to play this iconic role, including Elle. Things get interesting when they "cross paths," and the story plays out from there.

You know what's going to happen if you've seen or heard the story of Cinderella, but I don't think this makes it any less enjoyable. There were so many fun twists, like who the fairy godmother is, and the pumpkin being a food truck! Reading Geekerella reminded me so much of A Cinderella Story, which made me love it even more.

Having two different points of view gave this book a little something extra—I think that's what makes this retelling stand out. Aside from our Cinderella storyline, we get to follow Prince Charming too. The more we learn about why he chooses to do the things he does and what's going on in his head, the more I grew to love him.

Knowing that Darien and Elle have misconceptions of each other in real life made me want to root for them even more. I couldn't stop turning the pages because I wanted to see how they would end up meeting each other!

One of my favorite things about Geekerella was the friendship formed between Elle and Sage, her co-worker. I don't want to say too much about their scenes, but there is one that really captures what it feels like to introduce someone to something you really love. There's excitement, because you're hoping they will love it as much as you do; and then there's some fear, because what if they don't?

I think I enjoyed Geekerella so much because I GET IT. I love things with a passion. The main synopsis says this book is a "love letter to nerd culture," which I couldn't have said better. I am wishing so hard for Starfield to be a real life thing!

Are you a part of any fandoms? Chat with me if you love THE FLASH!

1 comment

  1. Aw, this looks ADORABLE! I hadn't really looked into this one at all until reading your review, but it definitely looks like a super cute and fun read. I love that it's nerdy, I can definitely relate! :)