Helloooo fellow book nerds! This month for my book club, The Second Star Society, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston! I really really enjoyed it, so here is my review to tell you my thoughts! 😊
I liked the writing. My favorite scenes were at the cosplay competition and the ball. I loved the vivid descriptions of the costumes and the surroundings with all the fun sci-fi effects at the con. There were a few minor grammar mistakes and typos I found, but nothing major.
The author did SUCH a great job with staying close to the original Cinderella, yet making it really unique and having it fit modern day without seeming too overdone, because we all know there are a TON of Cinderella stories out there. 😴
It really did feel like a geeky version of Cinderella, and I loved it! The detail of having Elle and Darien anonymously texting each other totally reminded me a little bit of the Hilary Duff Cinderella Story movie. Which isn't a bad thing, because it made me all nostalgic since I grew up watching that version. 😊 I also love all of the obvious Cinderella details that didn't seem too out of place at all; like the left behind slipper, the "magic pumpkin" carriage, aka the food truck; 😂 and an unexpected fairy godmother, but I don't want to spoil anything. 😉
I really liked the settings of Charleston with all of the colorful buildings, the movie and TV show sets that Darien hung out in, ExcelsiCon, the food truck, and the ball. The descriptions were done so well and made me really feel like I was there. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into what a life of fame is really like for people like Darien and what a comic con is like, because I have never been able to go to one, and I probably won't in the near future. 😂 So it was nice to live vicariously through the characters.
I think the characters were what really made this book for me. I felt so much for Elle and Darien when they were going through hard times and felt the stress and emotional turmoil when something bad happened as if it were happening to me! Even though I should've seen it coming because it totally goes with the original story. 😳 I got so easily wrapped up in this book more than I expected to and it was a really nice surprise.
I really saw myself in Elle with her awkwardness and low self-esteem from being mistreated by her step-family and pretty much everyone else around her. I really admired her strength in keeping her memories of her parents alive by holding onto the things she was passionate about, even when people told her to give it up. I also am really grateful to the author for having a scene where Elle breaks down and is sobbing and hating herself and blaming herself and feeling like a burden when her step family finally pushed her over the edge. There's only so much that a person can take when being treated that way, and I'm glad this story didn't have her just shed a few tears for a second and brush it off and get back to the story. It takes a little more time to get through that than when you're that emotionally overwhelmed. I'm speaking from experience.
She needed help from Sage to boost her confidence and to be able to get back up and keep trying to go after her goals rather than just give up, because when you're in that mental state, it's so easy to give up. And we can't always do it alone.
Speaking of Sage she was such a great friend! She was so selfless and supportive of Elle and she really brought a lot of personality to the book too, I really like her character.
And I really liked Darien. I really felt sorry for him and I think the author did a great job at letting us see what being famous is probably really like. It's not all glamorous; it felt really realistic with all the stress he had to go through with not being able to be real or trust anyone and always having to do what everyone else tells you to do. I really liked that when he was being depicted as a spoiled brat, there was another side to him that no one else saw. He was just having a bad day! Like give him a break, he's under a TON of pressure, I don't blame him for accidentally coming off a little rude! Cuz sometimes you don't realize that you are until someone calls you out on it.
I'm really glad this book was written with a duel POV with both Elle and him, because the book would really be missing out if it didn't. I like how this version focused on Prince Charming as well as Cinderella, because they are both important, and not many versions I've seen does that.
Also her stepmother and sister were perfectly horrible! Like wow. I felt kind of personally attacked along with Elle when they were being terrible to her. 😂 There were some parts were I almost felt like crying and I was thinking: How can she actually do that to her?! But she wouldn't be the "evil stepmother" if she didn't. 😜
I really can't think of anything other than a few grammar mistakes! No really! 😂
The blurb says it is a love letter to geek culture and it really feels that way. I felt the love! 😍
Also the author's acknowledgements at the end are worth reading. She encourages fandoms to keep enjoying and going after whatever they're passionate about if it makes us happy, no matter what anyone else says. 😊
This book really warmed my heart and had me cheering and crying and clenching my fists in rage and emotion! 😂 In other words, all the feels! This is such a great heartfelt nerdy fairytale that also somehow seems more real than real life in a way, and I really think everyone should read it. You won't be dissapointed! 😄
What did you think? Have you read Geekerella or any other Cinderella retellings? Which is your favorite? Are you a fellow geek too? (Of course you are, why else would you be reading this? 😂) And have you seen A CInderella Story with Hilary Duff? (I'm getting like, really old school hah ha. 😜) Also I'm really proud of myself for reading another book within the actual year it was published, guys! 😂😰
See you on Tuesday! TTFN!
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