This looks like it might be outside my personal comfort zone, being a teen romance fairy tale type book, but I got sucked in by the ‘geek’ aspect as mentioned in the description.
Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is a super fan girl for the series Starfield. She likes to cosplay her favorite Starfield characters and she writes a blog about the show. When she learns that there will be a feature film made of the show, she gets excited, until she learns who will be playing the lead – teen heart-throb Darien Freeman.
Darien was a super fan-boy and was thrilled to get the role on his favorite show, but now he worries about living up to the role. His co-star can’t wait to be done with the show and he’s hoping it will lead to a recurring role. And of course the studio publicity team has already arranged for who he is dating while filming, and there’s a blogger writing horrible things about him.
Through an error inputting a phone number (or fate?) the two accidentally begin texting one another. Neither knows who the other is, but because of the anonymity they begin to share their dreams and fears. They both come to realize that the other is a big Starfield fan. And of course they begin to fall in love with another.
Despite her stepsisters’ attempts to stop her, Elle manages to attend the Starfield convention (the same convention her father had started) and go through the cosplay competition. One of the judges? Darien Freeman. Elle’s and Darien’s meeting (without their knowing they were texting each other) was ‘rocky’ at best.
This is a quick, easy read and it’s just a plain lot of fun. We essentially know the story already and in case we’re on the verge of forgetting, author Poston keeps reminding us with some obvious parallels.
But if we already know the story, why read it? We read it for the delightful characters that Poston has created. We read it for the geekiness. Those of us who are confirmed geeks can identify with the fan obsession. It seems pretty clear that Poston herself is a geek; a fan of some sort.
We also get in to the book because a) we like to see that the film/tv star Darien Freeman is human and that not everything he does is because he wants to, but because it’s good for his ‘image’ and is arranged by someone else. And b) we like to see good things happen to geeks and other good people.
This isn’t the sort of book that will stay with me for a long time, but if I am reminded of it, I will reflect fondly and say, “Oh, that’s a good book – you should read it!”
Looking for a good book? Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a good book – you should read it!
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Ashley Poston
publisher: Quirk Books
hardcover, 320 pages