Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
The cover is cute and fairytale-ish in a modern setting. You can tell by the cover that the book is a retelling of Cinderella. And looking at the cover, you’ll get the same vibe like when you’re looking at the cover of Fangirl or any other Rainbow Rowell’s books.
The writing is easy to understand and a little bit cheesy. The book comprises of three hundred something pages. It’s a quick read. The language is pretty straight to the point, and the author doesn’t go overboard with her descriptions.
The story line is very much alike with the classic Cinderella story. It’s just that Geekerella is set in the modern world. It’s a retelling. DUH. Although the outline of the story follows the classic Cinderella tale, the main theme of the book is about a fandom of this TV Shows called Starfield.
What I don’t like about the plot is that it goes pretty slow at the beginning and gets super fast nearing the end. And everything is predictable. Maybe this is a problem with retellings. But I also have read a few retellings that have better and more surprising elements than this one. Also, there are parts that I think are realistic but there are ones which I think are too magical and too sudden to happen in real life, such as the falling in love part.
What I love about the book is the spirit of friendship and the message that the book tries to convey. About family, friends, how to deal with loneliness, and having doubts with your own self worthiness.
Danielle is the Cinderella. She’s more reserved, always has doubts, and is reluctant to do something. At the beginning it was frustrating to be in her head. She’s surrounded by the most annoying people in the world, yet she does nothing. She doesn’t stand up for herself. However, as she befriends Sage and as the story goes, she learns how to be brave and less afraid to take risks.
Darien is the prince charming. In the book, he’s a famous actor. Just like Elle, his life is pretty much controlled by his father. He’s cute. I imagined him to be like Shawn Mendes physically or the character Simon from the Mortal Instruments series.
Sage is the fairy Godmother. I love her. She’s my favorite character. In the book, she’s Elle’s best friend. She’s supportive, loyal, and spontaneous. She’s a good influence for Elle. I like that she likes fashion and wants to be a fashion designer. She’s the best.
Catherine, Chloe, Cal
Catherine, Chloe, and Cal are the cruel stepmother and stepsisters. I think Catherine could be a better mother. She doesn’t hate Elle merely because Elle is her stepdaughter. There’s a pretty reasonable cause to her treating Elle the way she does. But it’s not Elle’s fault. So, what she does to Elle is unfair and unacceptable. Chloe‘s hatred is driven by her jealousy towards Elle. Cal is the only one among the three who still has a glimmer of kindness in her heart.
All in all, I give the book 2.5 stars. It’s an-okay-book for me. The book could’ve been better. Goodreads rate the book 4 stars, so there are quite a lot of people who like the book more than I do. I would recommend the book to those who enjoy Rainbow Rowell’s books. Or those who are looking for a quick read, a book to pick up during a short break, or a book to accompany you while getting tanned at the beach, or maybe when you’re on a plane in the middle of travelling somewhere.