Geekerella, written by Ashley Poston, was a cute contemporary read I never expected to like. In fact, I’d even say I loved this book and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Generally, I tend to read more dramatic and intense fantasy books, so when I picked up this novel it came as a pleasant surprise. Geekerella is about a girl named Danielle Wittimer, also known as Elle, who loves a show she holds close to her heart called Starfield and the new reboot starring teen actor and heartthrob Darien Freeman. This book features points of view from both Darien and Elle, switching each chapter. The book is also a twist on the fairy tale Cinderella, with cute similarities found throughout. For instance, instead of a prince, there’s a celebrity, and Elle works at a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin, which are a few examples among many.
The character Elle is a relatable 17-year-old with an unfortunate string of bad luck that has followed her since her dad’s death. Elle is relatable to me because of her love and dedication to her fandom, which I can relate to with many books and movies. The other character Darien is less relatable because he is famous, but his feelings are genuine and believable which make him a well-liked character. Elle’s stepsisters Chloe and Calliope (Cal), are extremely bratty throughout the book, although one of them does show some unexpected development hinted at slightly towards the first half of the book. Elle develops an unlikely friendship with Sage, her coworker. Sage is a nice character who gives Elle the support she needs while she goes through the hurdles to get to Excelsicon for a cosplay contest.
The two main characters, Elle and Darien, meet through a wrong number text, and their relationship grows through their love for Starfield. The path to their encounter is cute and paced well, with enough time for feelings to grow between the pair. I do feel like them saying that they were in love (not to each other but to friends, before they had met) seemed quite soon and not as believable because they didn’t even know what each other looked like or anything other than their obsession with Starfield. That would be my only critique.
Poston does a good job of including a mix of races and sexualities despite only having a few characters. Darien is British-Indian and Sage (Elle’s coworker and later friend), is a lesbian, along with someone else I won’t mention because I don’t want to spoil too much. A lot of other books I’ve read with a lot more characters either have the same amount of diversity or less, which is unimpressive.
I started this 320-page book one night and finished it the next day. It’s a fast-paced read with an excellent storyline that keeps the reader intrigued. The writing style is great and the references to other famous movies and/or books make the read especially relatable despite Starfield not being a real show. The detail Poston put into the Starfield show and its intricacies make the book much better because the more references and knowledge the characters use the more understandable the obsession is.
Overall, I would rate Geekerella a 10/10 because of the fantastic one-liners, relatable/believable characters, and representation of nerd culture.