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The Princess and the Fangirl: Once Upon a Con, Book 2

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

"Prince and the Pauper" update is cute, fun, but falls flat.

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age 10+

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age 10+


I loved this book! It was a great story! It has great representation! There’s lesbiansssssss yayyyyyy. There are some things that wouldn’t be okay for very tiny children but it should be okay for anyone over 8 or even a little mature.

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This fairy tale update is cute and fun but ultimately feels hollow. The Princess and the Fangirl is similar in many ways to Ashley Poston's previous book, Geekerella, but it lacks the endearing quirk and charm. The characters are one-dimensional and hard to get invested in. For a story that happens over a weekend, the plot moves surprisingly slowly. The romances in the book are sweet and charming, though, and the reader can't help but root for Jessica and Imogen to work things out with their crushes.

The story is best when it is shines a spotlight on the good and bad sides of intense fandoms. A show with a devoted following can create a wonderful community where people can bond and share what inspires them. On the flip side are fans who feel they are owed certain casting decisions or show outcomes and decide to stalk, bully, and harass stars. Poston shows the ways in which female stars especially are victims of internet trolls and the toll the abuse can take on victims. Readers who enjoy light, escapist romance will enjoy this story, while readers who want deeper character development might find it lacking.

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