REVIEW: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
This is a really cute Cinderella retelling that's a love letter to geeks and nerds at the same time. It has a lot of similarities to the original story, complete with evil step-sister twins, a pumpkin (though that was a food truck, nice twist) and glass slippers. It also has a bit of the star-crossed lovers feel, which, now I think about it, is also like Cinderella.
I loved the references to every and all things nerdy, the convention, the quotes, the forums, the fandom. All those parts were so uplifting and feel good! Honestly, it just really made me smile. I also really loved the way Elle and Darien got to know each other through texts, how it portrayed strangers turning into friends. It felt a bit like Queens of Geek, Kindred Spirits and Eliza and Her Monsters, but is still totally worth it to read. We don't have enough geeky books in YA, and I love all of them. They make me feel welcome and worthy, it's like they bottle the feeling of fandoms, of the good things of the internet, of really liking something, and pour it in a story that pours it back out on the reader. It's fantastic.
"We might all be different—we may ship different things or be in different fandoms—but if I learned anything from twenty-three days in a too-blue uniform playing a character I thought I could never be, it’s that when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow sticks in the night. They shine. We shine. Together.
And even when some of us fall to different universes, those lights never go out."
Sage was also incredibly cool and kindhearted, and queer. I wish she could be my friend too, and I liked seeing more of her as the book progressed.
The texts between Elle and Darrien were the best. I lived for them, and felt what they felt, the anticipation, the excitement, the happiness, getting to know someone through text, realising you want to be friends with this person, all of that and more. I thought that part was super realistic and I loved it. In the end, I did have the feeling like the romance went a bit too fast, but it was a relatively short story, and based on Cinderella, so it was okay.
It's cute and nerdy and feels like a romcom and I would definitely recommend it if you're into those things.
"So I want to thank you. You, the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a forum and collects Funko-Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favorite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.
Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time."