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Poston, Ashley. Geekerella.

5Q * 4P * J * S * NA (a)

Poston, Ashley. Geekerella. Quirk Books, 2017. 320p. $18.99. 978-1-59474-947-6.

With two years to go until she turns eighteen, Elle is looking for her magic ticket to escape her "stepmonster" and twin stepsisters--now. The money she makes working with Sage at The Magic Pumpkin vegan food truck just is not enough to reach escape velocity. Since her father's death, all Elle has to keep her going are reruns of Starfield, the cult classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her dad, and her fangirl blog. With the announcement that teen actor Darien Freeman will play Prince Carmindor in the new Starfield movie, Elle's blog explodes when she posts her pent-up rage at the casting of "some idiot heartthrob" in the role of her father's favorite character. She decides her best shot at getting out now is winning the ExcelsiCon cosplay contest. The grand prize is a trip to L.A. for the ExcelsiCon Ball. Elle's hopes rise when she discovers her mother's and father's Prince Carmindor and Princess Amara cosplay costumes in the attic. Meanwhile, Darien has problems, too--trying to deal with his overly ambitious father as he preps for his ExcelsiCon appearance which he dreads. Being written off as a heartthrob and the pitfalls of fame have made him question his choices.

With smart, fresh humor, plot lines destined to cross, and quirky, richly human characters, Geekeralla is a refreshingly modern spin on the classic fairy tale. Fangirls and fanboys everywhere will delight as the fates conspire.--Kim Carter.

Readers who love romance and the classic tale of Cinderella will love this wonderfully written spin-off. Elle thinks she cannot live with her stepmother and stepsisters any longer; Darien feels like a fake, having been forced to bury his lovable, geeky side for fame. When they start texting, unaware of who each other is, they build a strong relationship based on their mutual love for Starfield, and show each other what it feels like to belong somewhere with someone. Perfectly filled with humor and love, the book is impossible to put down and quite worth the read. 5Q, 5R--Riley Carter, Teen Reviewer.

QUALITY

5Q Hard to imagine it being better written.

4Q Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses.

3Q Readable, without serious defects.

2Q Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q.

1Q Hard to understand how it got published, except in relation to its P rating (and not even then sometimes).

POPULARITY

5P Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday.

4P Broad general or genre YA appeal.

3P Will appeal with pushing.

2P For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject.

1P No YA will read unless forced to for assignments.

GRADE LEVEL INTEREST

M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).

J Junior High (defined as grades 7-9).

S Senior High (defined as grades 10-12).

A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for YAs.

NA New Adult (defined as college-age).

R Reluctant readers (defined as particularly suited for reluctant readers).

(a) Highlighted Reviews Graphic Novel Format

(G) Graphic Novel Format

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Author:Carter, Kim; Carter, Riley
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2017
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