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A Fangirl Fairy Tale (Once Upon A Con #1)

Ashley Poston


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/3/2017)
Hardcover (4/4/2017)
Prebound (5/15/2018)


Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now in paperback, with a special Starfield bonus scene!

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Praise For Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale (Once Upon A Con #1)

Spring 2017 Kids Indie Next List Pick
2017 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Best Young Adult Fiction
Named to Seventeen's 2017 "12 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer" List

Geekerella has ‘must-read’ written all over it. A fun romantic comedy with coming-of-age sensibilities and authentically voiced teens, this novel hits all the YA book-love buttons. Geekerella is simply delightful.”—USA Today's Happy Ever After

“Fairytale and fandom collide in this sweet, heartfelt, entertaining rom-com.”—Bustle

“A legit love letter to geekdom.”—Paste Magazine

“Pay attention, fangirls, because Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is about to be your favorite YA romance.”—Sweety High  

“The geekiest spin on Cinderella you'll ever read.”—Hypable

“Geeks and non-geeks will discover their inner fangirl when they fall for this fan-tastic book that celebrates fan-doms, fan-tasy, and 'shipworthy romance’.”—Justine

“This geeky twist on a classic Cinderella story is honestly the most adorable thing ever!”Her Campus

“This charming and funny twist on Cinderella is the perfect YA fandom fairytale.” —BNTeen blog

“With geekily adorable characters, a show that’s part Star Trek and part Firefly, a cosplay contest, and a food truck fairy godmother, this is a love letter to fandom. Required reading for geeks everywhere.”—Booklist 

“A celebration of fandom and happily ever afters, this feel-good reimagining hits all the right notes.”Publishers Weekly

Quirk Books, 9781683690436, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2018

About the Author

Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron (HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

Conversation Starters from

1. Geekerella is a modern retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. Why do you think we reimagine fairy tales in modern contexts? What makes these stories continue to be popular for generations?

2. Do you think the story closely follows the original fairy tale? What changes did the author make, and what parts of the story did she keep the same?

3. How do you think Elle’s loss of her father has shaped her and the way she interacts with others?

4. Did you like that the story was written in the first-person voices of Darien and Elle? Did you feel connected to these characters?

5. Do you think the author’s depiction of Darien’s experience with celebrity was an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be famous?

6. What did you think of the way the author incorporated text messaging into the book? Do you think that text messages and the internet have changed the way romance stories are written?

7. Catherine and the twins fulfill the roles of Cinderella’s evil stepmother and stepsisters. Did you sympathize with these characters at all? Can you understand Chloe and Cal’s motivations?

8. What did you learn from Sage and Elle’s friendship? Do you think that Sage represents Elle’s fairy godmother?

9. Starfield fans at ExelsiCon offer Elle pieces of their costumes as a thank-you to her late father for creating the convention. Why do you think this convention means so much to so many people? Do you have a meaningful community in your life, either online or in person?

10. What did you think of Elle’s review of the Starfield movie at the end of the book?