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Geekerella: Once Upon a Con, Book 1

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Charming "Cinderella" update set in world of sci-fi fandom.

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This cute, modern update of the "Cinderella" fairy tale is a fun romp for lovers of light YA romance. Geekerella humorously captures the battle between the fandom of cult sci-fi shows and the newbies who jump on the big-screen reboot bandwagon. Author Ashley Poston accurately depicts the anger and sadness hard-core fans experience when their beloved, quirky shows hit the mainstream. The chapters alternate narration between Elle and Darien. The approach works well because it gives the readers good insight into the interior lives of each, both of whom are sad and lonely and feel they don't fit in. Elle's connection to her late father through the show Starfield is bittersweet, and Darien's desire to have his dad be a real dad rather than a pushy manager is heartbreaking.

The action is fast-paced and entertaining though predictable, given that most readers know the story of "Cinderella" pretty well. Because of the predictability, some of the supposedly suspenseful plot points feel forced. The awfulness Elle faces at home is hard to read at times, but it makes you cheer all the more for her at the end.

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