The Princess and the Fangirl
Synopsis: The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
This book was incredibly cute, made me goofy smile and was so easy to read. I love that it was set at a convention and was full of nerd references that made me laugh out loud. Geekerella was such a joy to read that while I was thrilled for this not-sequel I was also worried that it wouldn’t recapture that magic. But really, this book is just as wonderful: warm, compelling, unashamedly fun, romantic, and smart. I also really loved the attention toward women in sci-fi/fantasy franchises, and the way the fandom can treat them so shittily – sometimes even unintentionally.
Filled to the brim with all things geek, this update on the old story of two look-a-likes switching places explores both the positive impact and the evil underbelly of people who embrace fandoms. The switch allows both characters – and the reader – to see new angles of the worlds they live and breathe, and highlights both the good and bad. A fandom can contain everything -hopes, dreams, prejudices, loves, hates, careers, etc., and we see all that here.
This one is great for nerds, fangirls, fanboys, and pop culture junkies, as well as anyone who likes interesting and diverse contemporary romance novels. Added bonus: the Con setting
Book published by Quirk Books