The princess and the fangirl A geekerella fairy tale

Ashley Poston

Book - 2019

Return to the geek-tastic world of Starfield fandom with a tale of a superstar and a superfan who swap lives in this sweet and funny companion novel to GEEKERELLA. Movie star Jessica Stone can't go up onstage at another con and pretend to love Starfield anymore--except that she's contractually obligated. She never dreamed she'd be playing Princess Amara for life, but people love Princess Amara, and for better or worse, Princess Amara has Jessica Stone's face. But. it turns ou...t, so does someone else. Imogen Weatherby is just another Starfield fan hitting up ExcelsiCon--except that she happens to look an awful lot like Jessica Stone (and no, you're not the first one to point it out). When Jess spots Imogen, she has a brilliant idea: swap places. Jessica can live her life out of the spotlight while Imogen pretends to be her on the rest of the con circuit, and Imogen can ditch her crappy barista job and finally get to see something beyond her hometown. But Jess doesn't anticipate actually liking Imogen's life--or Imogen's gorgeous best friend, Hana, who might just be the person Jess needs to forget about her ex. And Imogen loves being Jess Stone--and might even love this super talented artist, Tamaki, who she keeps bumping into. Except Tamaki thinks she's Jessica Stone. When an obsessive fan finds out the truth and threatens to expose Jess for the fake geek girl she is, it will take both Jess and Imogen to stand up for the truth: That there is no such thing as a fake geek girl. That if you are a fan, then you are accepted. And that even if you aren't a fan, you are worthy. That you are not invisible. That what you love matters. From the acclaimed author of Geekerella, this geeky spin on The Prince and the Pauper is a perfect story for geek girls of every fandom.

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Novels
Published
Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
319 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781683690962
1683690966
Main Author
Ashley Poston (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this second Once Upon a Con installment, following Geekerella (2017), Starfield co-star Jessica Stone takes center stage. The Starfield movie remake has been a huge success, but what was supposed to be a stepping stone for Jess' career has resulted in having her performance ridiculed by the original show's fandom. When the sequel's movie script starts to leak on Twitter during ExcelsiCon, Jess decides to swap places with a con attendee who is her doppelgänger, find out who's behind the leak, and save her career. Taking place over four days, this is a loving ode to cons, geek culture, the good and bad of fandoms, and making one's own happy ending. The story may be over the top, but it's a fun romp through fandom and what makes people passionate about the things they love. Both girls find love during the con, and this sweet, romantic adventure is perfect for fangirls and -boys looking for a warm, fuzzy read. A guaranteed match for fans of Sarvenaz Tash's The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (2016). Grades 7-10. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Jessica Stone hopes to leave her role as Starfield's Princess Amara behind and become a serious actor. Imogen Lovelace wants to be noticed and no longer live in her brother's shadow, so she plans to save Princess Amara from an untimely death. When these two strangers meet at ExcelsiCon and decide to switch places, it makes for a Con unlike any other. This fandom retelling of The Prince and the Pauper is a follow-up to Geekerella. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing how happily ever after turned out and meeting a new cast of diverse characters. Told in alternating perspectives between Jess and Imogen, the novel gives readers the opportunity to see how the characters' motives and self-concept evolve. A fun group of supporting characters and pop culture references galore will appeal to the inner fanperson in everyone. Several quotable passages will leave readers feeling empowered and swooning. VERDICT A fun addition to the Geekerella universe and an excellent addition to all romance collections, especially LGBTQ collections looking for books that focus more on the romance and less on coming out.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A modern makeover of The Prince and the Pauper traces the efforts of a fangirl who wants to save her look-alike television character from being killed off of her favorite TV franchise, and an actress who desperately wants to leave the spotlight, as they switch places in order to catch a bad guy who leaks the script of a much-anticipated sequel. By the author of Geekerella. Simultaneous eBook

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A fangirl who wants to save her favorite character from being killed off in a movie sequel, and an actress who desperately wants to leave the spotlight, switch places in order to find out who leaked the sequel's script.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Return to the geek-tastic world of Starfield fandom with a tale of a superstar and a superfan who swap lives in this sweet and funny companion novel to GEEKERELLA. Movie star Jessica Stone can't go up onstage at another con and pretend to love Starfield anymore--except that she's contractually obligated. She never dreamed she'd be playing Princess Amara for life, but people love Princess Amara, and for better or worse, Princess Amara has Jessica Stone's face. But. it turns out, so does someone else. Imogen Weatherby is just another Starfield fan hitting up ExcelsiCon--except that she happens to look an awful lot like Jessica Stone (and no, you're not the first one to point it out). When Jess spots Imogen, she has a brilliant idea: swap places. Jessica can live her life out of the spotlight while Imogen pretends to be her on the rest of the con circuit, and Imogen can ditch her crappy barista job and finally get to see something beyond her hometown. But Jess doesn't anticipate actually liking Imogen's life--or Imogen's gorgeous best friend, Hana, who might just be the person Jess needs to forget about her ex. And Imogen loves being Jess Stone--and might even love this super talented artist, Tamaki, who she keeps bumping into. Except Tamaki thinks she's Jessica Stone. When an obsessive fan finds out the truth and threatens to expose Jess for the fake geek girl she is, it will take both Jess and Imogen to stand up for the truth: That there is no such thing as a fake geek girl. That if you are a fan, then you are accepted. And that even if you aren't a fan, you are worthy. That you are not invisible. That what you love matters. From the acclaimed author of Geekerella, this geeky spin on The Prince and the Pauper is a perfect story for geek girls of every fandom.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom.   Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind.  Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen’s best friend run their booth.  But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations...and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

An enchanting YA romance from the New York Times best-selling author of The Dead Romantics.The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom. Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind.  Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives. When the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. The deal: Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogen’s best friend run their booth.  But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more than they bargained for. From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectations...and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.