If you've been a follower for a while, you know how much I LOVED Geekerella by Ashley Poston. So when the sequel, The Princess and the Fangirl, based on the the Princess and the Pauper (or is it prince? Who knows!) was announced, you bet I was preordering as fast as I could.
The book came in and I devoured it within the day at work. Also, look at this beautiful cover!
The book follows geek girl Imogene, who is campaigning to save her favorite character Amara from Starfield from being "fridged" (a term used to describe a female character whose death is only used to further the male character's plot). This is the same Amara from the first book, portrayed by Jessica Stone.
The book is told in dual perspective between Imogen and Jessica Stone, the actress portraying Amara who is very against the entirety of Starfield and wants it her character to stay "dead".
At the beginning of the novel, I HATED Jessica and it was very different from the first book, because of how much I loved all the main characters in Geekerella. I honestly thought it would make me not love this book as much.
I was dead wrong.
Jessica's hatred of Starfield doesn't come from the actual show itself, but instead stems from the hate lobbed towards female actresses in sci-fi/fantasy (a la Kelly Marie Tran, Daisy Ridley, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, the new Ghostbusters.....do I need to go on?)
I think in this time, this book is so impactful because it really delves into an idea of what it would be like to be a star and get all sorts of hate for not being what fans (read: angry nerd trolls) picture as the perfect princess, ghostbuster, or hero.
This book also has so many queer relationships which I am SO here for. I'm so in love with Imogene's mom's and want an entire mini story around them and Figurine It Out.
It also doesn't pander to geek girls. Ashley Poston herself is a geek who writes the way fangirls talk. I go more in to detail about this in my Youtube review (link TBA). But, so much of the dialogue is authentic fangirl speak and the references are hilarious and lovely.
Also, hella throwbacks to the OG book and so much cute Dare and Elle <3
Overall, I gave this book a 5/5 and it joins Geekerella as being one of my all time favorite reads! I cannot wait to see if more comes to this series!
Have you read this book? Let's chat about it!