Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.
Geekerella was a beautifully charming story; it follows the two separate lives of Darien Freedman and Elle Wittimer. Darien Freedman is an actor who was best known for his soap-opera role and is about to embark upon the renewal of an old sci-fi TV show known as Starfield. He is hired to play the main male role known as The Carmindor, and has been a fan of the series since he was a child. However, he finds himself stuck between who he thinks he is and how he is forced to act around others, almost as if he has to act all the time. Never free to be himself; Darien feels like he has no allies or friends to call his own except for his assistant who he considers one of his best friends. His father sees him as a way to gain money and he has previously lost a friend due to his fame. So, when he messages a phone number he believes to be the number for Excelsicon and ends up messaging another fan of Starfield instead, he sees his chance to make a friendship that is real and based on who he is as a person rather than how famous he is.
Elle, on the other side of the phone isn’t experiencing the dream life either. Elle is someone who has recently lost her father and when she was little has lost her mother. Now she lives with a shallow step-mother and two twin step-sisters, both of whom are given everything they could ever want in life, whilst Ella is let with nothing. Ella often finds herself at the butt of her step-mothers and stepsisters cruelty and criticism. there have been cases where the twins have gone out o their way to make her life miserable, even at one point fabricating a false relationship with a boy they’re friends with to hurt Ella’s feelings. She is forced every morning to wake each of them up and cook a ‘healthy’ breakfast for them, while the girls go off the the ‘club’ to have tennis lessons and Ella goes to work in a food truck known as the ‘Magic Pumpkin. The Cinderella pun is strong in this one. Her life seems to be a never ending ritual of sadness and oil stains. Until one day she receives a text on her hand-me-down phone that used to be her father’s. The man who made the convention ‘Excelsicon’. From this point onwards Elle and Darien are in each others lives, even if they don’t know each others names. This sense of anonymity when talking to each other envelops them in a feeling of safety which makes them feel like they can really express themselves for the first time in a long time. Especially about all things Starfield.
From this point onward almost all characters go through a lot of personal growth and change. One of the twins Calliope learns that she can have an identity separate from her much crueler sister and grows in confidence to finally become who she wants to be; hell she evens gets a girlfriend. Elle ends up learning to overcome the suffering she has endured at her step-family’s hands and open up to another human being (her co-worker Sage) and find connections with other that she wasn’t expecting, she also learn that who she is, and her family (her real mum and dad) are not isolated to a single place but are within her forever. Sage, the ever confident hopeful fashion designer, is someone who becomes Elle’s best friend who Elle converts to Starfield. Together they come together to take the old costumes that once belonged to her parents to make a wonderful cosplay, and Sage learns what it feels like to be unconditionally accepted by a friend.
The development of the relationship between Darien and Elle is a really well explored story line. There relationship is one that is admittedly rushed a little, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, as their relationship is one that mimics an online one, so essentially there are no hold barred in what they reveal to reach other. So being completely honest and open helps them to fall for each other as quick as they do. And having a relationship this way help them to explore who they are themselves as you can truly be whoever you want to be through anonymous text, even an unencumbered version of yourself. Still its a really cute and sweet romance that makes me squeal overtime something cute happens. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book yourself…
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read a nice contemporary to get themselves out of a slump or even to just enjoy a sweet story that isn’t harboured with political mumbo-jumbo and something to just enjoy and love.
Til Next Time,
p.s. i wrote this with the sun in my eyes, so please excuse any spelling errors.