When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I was a little iffy about reading this, though the cover is cute-who could say otherwise-I didn't think it made the story stand out and nearly passed it by. Well, Emma (that's me), has learned her lesson about judging a book by its cover. This book was so. darn. cute. Like, I fell in love with it more so than I thought I would.
Okay, obviously I loved the geek aspect of this. Seeing people dressed as Deadpool, Ewoks, Harry Potter and the like just makes me giddy with fangirl happiness. It's like this book was more of a letter to every mega fan slash geek out there, letting us know it's okay to be weird and enjoy this stuff. It's almost like a personal little note to each reader, and I love that!
This book has a coming of age quality to it, and I adore it so much. Connecting with Elle wasn't hard. She's down to earth, trying to be a teenager with a cranky stepmom and the Wicked Witch as a stepsister, all the while dealing with love and finding out who she is. I felt like a part of me was that character, and I wasn't expecting to get that reaction from this story.
Darien is the cutest geek boy slash actor man out there. I fell in love with how adorable he was. Here he is, wanting to make a spin-off movie on one of his favorite shows the best it can be while dealing with fans of all levels. He's such a normal guy with fears, loss, and finding his own way as Darien and the Federation Prince Carmindor.
Basically, I love how this story is all about being yourself and loving who you are. Sticking up for what you believe and love in. I totally dig it, and there is no doubt this story will stick with me.
Sage. Sage is my spirit animal.
Also, the pumpkin is a vegan food truck and my life is complete with this knowledge.
The whole bad stepmom-sister fell through. I mean, they sucked majorly, but I didn't get that much of a you-are-super-horrible-and-I-want-you-dead thing going on. Maybe that's just me, but I think that could have been pulled off better, especially the end. Mamazilla needed a huge slap in the face at the end, and only stepsister dearest number one got that-kind of.
The romance. I mean, who falls in love just by phone-texts I may add-and in a few weeks if not a month or two?? I mean, okay. It's fictional, they are teens, it's a Cinderella spin-off, and they have to end happily ever after. And it's like 320 pages. So...
Also, one of the stepsisters is a lesbian. Nothing belayed that fact... at all. It was just kind of there and felt random. It's totally cool but I would have liked a little foreshadowing maybe of that? Didn't seem realistic is all.
So I fell in love with this book despite my inital hesitance. It totally got it all right, the con, the geeks, and the fans with their totally out there love! If you loved FanGirl, you'll love this.
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”