Geek­erella

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thor: Ash­ley Pos­ton Pub­lisher: Quirk Books ISBN: 9781594749933

I WAS hop­ing that this would not be yet an­other spin on the wellloved fairy­tale, Cin­derella, but re­ally, I should have known from the ti­tle of this book alone.

I was far from im­pressed when I started read­ing, but de­spite the fact that this was a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Cin­derella’s tale – right down to Prince Charm­ing, evil step­mother and step­sis­ters, and her pump­kin (in the form of a food truck) – it grew on me.

Geek­erella is a retelling of Cin­derella in a mod­ern set­ting, and it has a charm all its own, with a theme that most teenagers could re­late to – geek fan­dom, par­tic­u­larly re­lated to scifi, and the art of idol­is­ing the ac­tors of a pop­u­lar TV show or movie.

Elle Wit­timer’s par­ents were diehard fans of the Starfield film fran­chise (sim­i­lar to Star Trek or Star Wars), and her fa­ther was the founder of Ex­cel­siCon Comi­con wannabe).

Af­ter his death, her step­mother put a stop to it all, and Elle is re­duced to clean­ing and look­ing af­ter her step­mother and step­sis­ters.

When Elle sees a cos­play con­test or­gan­ised by the pro­duc­ers of Starfield in con­junc­tion with a re­boot of the orig­i­nal film, she just has to en­ter, even though she can’t stand the ac­tor slot­ted to play Fed­er­a­tion Prince Car­min­dor. Mean­while, Darien Free­man, the ac­tor play­ing the Prince, is re­ally a closet Starfield fan. De­spite this, he is dis­missed as just an­other pretty-boy Hol­ly­wood heart­throb, and is feel­ing mis­er­able.

It takes a text to a wrong num­ber to get Elle and Darien to cross paths. But first, they have to sur­vive Ex­cel­siCon and the truths about each other.

Geek­erella ends up be­com­ing an ab­so­lutely en­gag­ing read.

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