Publication: April 4, 2017
Goodreads summary: 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.
I’m not sure if it’s just me and my lack of Cinderella knowledge, but it feels like if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. However, I have been looking for a cute romance to read since the beginning of my summer and I finally found it in this book. Geekerella is cheesy and predictable with many nods to popular culture.
The story follows Danielle “Elle,” the orphaned step-sister to Chloe and Calliope “Cal,” who is small blogger and fangirl for the popular tv show Starfield. The show was such an important part of her childhood so when it’s announced that soap star Darien Freeman is the movie’s new lead, she retaliates with a soon-to-be viral blog post. She doesn’t know how important the Starfield franchise is to Darien, but the reader does because both perspectives are shown in this book.
Elle’s step-sister’s Cal and Chloe are popular vloggers who are in love with Darien Freeman’s role on Seaside Cove, and will do anything to win the cosplay contest to meet him. They also have the unconditional love and support ftom their mother, Catherine. Meanwhile, Elle is trying to save money by working in a vegan food truck with Sage.
Darien first meets Elle when he messages a wrong number, and their relationship begins. There is an element of catfishing that is never mentioned nor explored.
One thing that did surprise me about this book was how diverse it was (I was expecting nothing). Darien is a poc, and both Sage and Cal get a happy ending, too.
Without giving away too much, this was a cute, easy read and I’d recommend it if you’re trying to get out of a reading slump.