Number of pages: 319
Number of times read (including the time before this review):1
Rating (out of five stars): 4.5
I expected not to like Geekerella. Truth be told, I thought I had reached my contemporary capacity. I’m also not truly a part of any fandoms, so I assumed I wouldn’t get it. Sure, I have books that I love, and I would love to have all the candles, jewelry, etc. that has to do with those books and characters, but I don’t really show it other than in my reviews. I’m going to put out a warning for all the cynics out there; if you don’t want a slightly clichéd happily ever after book, I say skip this one. It is a Cinderella retelling after all.
The characters were really well done. I don’t read chapter headings, so when I started chapter two, I was surprised to find myself not in Elle’s head anymore, meaning Darien and Elle had very distinct voices. In my mind, Elle overshadowed Darien a bit, but not enough for it to be terribly noticeable. This may be because I cried twice during Elle’s chapters within the first 100 pages alone, and I’m not much of a book crier.
In fact, the range of emotions I went through, especially near the end, was interesting. I went from tears welling in my eyes, to engrossed, to slamming the book against the bed and annoying my sister. I even had to take breaks because I couldn’t bear to continue on.
Geekerella proved me wrong. It showed me I’m more of a fangirl than I thought I was. Everything about Elle’s love of Starfield spoke to me. I have gone through needing fictional worlds to escape some not great situations. When you’re busy hoping and wishing you could go to Hogwarts, or any other fictional world, you don’t have to remember what’s happening to you in the real world.
I also loved the changes to Cinderella, especially the magic pumpkin food truck. What’s not to love about greasy, vegan, pumpkin-based foods? I’m also glad that Elle’s stepsisters didn’t both hate Elle just for the sake of hating her. I’m sure Chloe thought she had a valid reason, and I was overjoyed when Cal redeemed herself.
Overall, Geekerella loses some points for being kind of cheesy, but it makes up for it with great characters and interesting twists on the original tale, earning it 4.5 stars out of 5.