Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots
Published: April 7 2017
Number of pages: 320
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: contemporary, romance,
Audience: young adult
Get it at: Chapters Indigo
Shelve it at: Goodreads
Geek girl, Elle Wittimer lives for Star Field, her favourite and classic scifi series she grew up with her father before he passed. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Star Field movie, she quickly enters with her eyes on the prize: a pass to ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a change to meet with Darian Freeman who is slated to play the Federation Prince Carmindor in the new reboot.
Teen actor, Darian Freeman used to live for cons until he became famous. Now his life is about autographs, interviews, and meet and greets. Playing Carmindor is all he wanted but the fandom thinks he isn’t good enough for the role. As ExcelsiCon draws nearer, he feels more like a fake, until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
Minor spoilers ahead!
I have heard bloggers and book tubers raving about this book since the year it came out. I have been meaning to buy this book for awhile and I have finally got around to reading it! What we have here is a geeky love story about two characters that are opposites of each other and from different lifestyles: a celebrity bred for his looks and a fangirl who blogs, does cosplay and works part time inside a vegan food truck to pay for her con tickets, and hopefully her ticket away from her step
monster mother and stepsisters.
Besides the geeky romance you have the characters trying to work things out with their family. Elle has her stepmother who is constantly treating her like she is the cause of their family’s problems, and her stepsisters treat her like dirt. Kind of what you would expect in a modern Cinderella fairy tale, but with prince charming a celebrity teen who lands the biggest role in his career: Carmindor in the new Star Field movie. As a l fan himself, Darian longs to find someone to connect with and not see him as another beautiful celebrity. And then a text message is sent by error and soon Elle and Darian bond and become cellphone mates. But their friendship becomes more when they realize how much they have in common, including Star Field obviously.
It was fun reading their text messages to each other, sharing one small thing about another while talking all things about Star Field. It is this fandom that brought these two together and their friendship grows because of it. At home their families don’t understand Star Field or why this fandom is so important; for them it’s more than a popular scifi show. It’s about the characters: Carmindor, Princess Amara, Euci, and King Nox and how they teach love, respect, loyalty and encouraging you to reach for the stars. And this is what we see Elle and Darian doing as they go to that extra mile, and conquering their personal obstacles to reach for their dreams. Despite her stepmother’s protests, Elle tries to make it to the cosplay contest with her new friend Sage. This fandom is all she has left to remember her parents and it’s what she turns to when everything else in her life has gone wrong. Darian pushes himself to be the best Carmindor he can be to show the fandom that he is not just another pretty face, and that Star Field meant a lot to him before he started doing soap operas. Star Field brought these characters closer together in their journey, and when they finally meet, it’s at a cosplay ball where the two click after they realize just how much they are made for each other.
A Cinderella story retold with a modern day teenager selling vegan chimichangas, and spending her free time writing fan fiction. Her coworker, Sage is like her fairy godmother/seamstress who designs her cosplay dress and drives the pumpkin truck to the contest which led Elle to stumble into her prince charming. Darian Freeman isn’t fazed by her at all, and neither is Elle, after she discovers another side to this teen heartthrob she never found before. This romance was just – cute. I found myself really enjoying the loveable characters and the references to fandom and geek culture. This was a delightful read and the ending was very sweet.