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The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con Book 2) by [Ashley Poston]
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#3 on Seventeen's Best Young Adult Books of 2019 So Far List
A 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist 


“This lighthearted, fun, LGBT YA book dives expertly into the world of fandoms and cons.”—Buzzfeed

“A geeky love story that readers will love.”—Paste

“Unabashedly fun, intoxicating read.”—POPSUGAR

“If you love fan culture, and love seeing it presented as how things should be, then definitely give this book a chance.”—The Mary Sue

“This companion to Geekerella reimagines The Prince and the Pauper in the best way possible: at a con!”—BookRiot 

The Princess and the Fangirl manages to take the already powerful Geekerella and build upon it in a way that makes its universe seem completely real.”—Sweety High

“Unabashedly nerdtastic.”—Kirkus 

“A loving ode to cons, geek culture, the good and bad of fandoms, and making one's own happy ending.”— Booklist

“A fun addition to the Geekerella universe.”—School Library Journal 

“Poston does a wonderful job of painting fandoms and the passion behind them.”—Foreword Reviews 

“A silly but fun mad-dash rom-com style romp.”Youth Services Book Review  

Praise for Geekerella:

Spring 2017 Kids Indie Next List Pick
2017 Goodreads Choice Award finalist for Best Young Adult Fiction
Named to Seventeen's 2017 "12 Life-Changing Books You Have to Read This Summer" List

Geekerella has ‘must-read’ written all over it. A fun romantic comedy with coming-of-age sensibilities and authentically voiced teens, this novel hits all the YA book-love buttons. Geekerella is simply delightful.”—USA Today's Happy Ever After

“Fairytale and fandom collide in this sweet, heartfelt, entertaining rom-com.”—Bustle

“A legit love letter to geekdom.”—Paste Magazine

“Pay attention, fangirls, because Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is about to be your favorite YA romance.”—Sweety High  

“The geekiest spin on Cinderella you'll ever read.”—Hypable

“Geeks and non-geeks will discover their inner fangirl when they fall for this fan-tastic book that celebrates fan-doms, fan-tasy, and 'shipworthy romance’.”—Justine

From School Library Journal

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, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File size : 2972 KB
  • Publication date : April 2, 2019
  • Publisher : Quirk Books (April 2, 2019)
  • Print length : 320 pages
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07FJLXF6G
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  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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Neelam
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2019
I adored Geekerella so when I heard there would be a companion book I was so excited! And this book did not disappoint. In fact I probably loved this even more than Geekerella.

This book is filled with so much adorable geekiness, I just cannot deal! It’s a feel good book that left me feeling giddy and wanting to go to a con myself. There is so many pop culture references and I loved it! From Harry Potter to Star Wars and so much more. It made the characters, being at the con so real and so relatable! Honestly, I don’t read many contemporaries especially cute fluffy ones but wow did I love this.

This story is essentially a modern prince and the pauper retelling and it was so nice to see a retelling of a different story, as all I seem to see a beauty and the beast retellings. With the added bonus of it being set in a con over four days, it was fun and fast paced and intense. A lot happens in these four days from each of the girls learning more about themselves and each other to how it is on the other side of the fandom.

I really loved the diversity in the book too. Ethan is Asian and there is a f/f romance. I thought it was really well written and not like it was forced in there.

Jessica is the actress who plays Princess Amara on the film Starfield and she receives a lot of hate. People are always commenting all over her social media, sending her hateful messages, which is difficult for her to handle. She feels as though no one wants her there because she wasn’t a Starfield fan and she didn’t want to be in future films. As a result of all of this she is distant and generally looks like she doesn’t want to be there. Although I didn’t particularly Jess at the beginning of the book as her story developed and we get to see all that she has had to go through and how unhappy and lonely she is and I ended up really loving her and totally rooting for her!

“We need those stories, too. Stories that tell us that we can be bold and brash and make mistakes and still come out better on the other side”

Imogen is probably the opposite of Jess. She is reckless and passionate and adores Starfield. So much so that she has spearheaded a campaign and started a petition to save Amara. She has a younger brother Milo who she feels she is constantly in the shadow of. Her mums can be a little over protective and she had her heartbroken at the last excelsicon. So she puts everything into the saving Amara campaign, regardless of whether Jessica Stone wants to continue being Amara or not. Throughout the story we learn why saving Amara is so important to Imogen but she also learns why it isn’t okay to force Jess to play a role that makes her so unhappy.

They both have some great character development even though it is only set over four days and the beginning of a romance. While they switched places they both meet someone who they start to develop feelings for. Imogen’s hate to love was great, I loved how they both misunderstood each other and their own prejudices got in the way of them realising their feelings. And I oved that Jess was able to meet a girl who she could talk openly to without fear of her words being twisted and shared all over the internet. I loved seeing their friendship develop into something more. I liked that neither couple “fell in love” but that it was the beginning of something as they have only known each for a few days.

I loved that the darker side of cons and being part of a fandom was also discussed from how obsessive fans can make the actors feel uncomfortable and unsafe. To how females are portrayed in films, especially sci-fi/fantasy. They tend to be a love interested and there to push the story and character development of the male hero. How actresses are held to higher and stricter standards than their male colleagues, even mentioning real actresses that this has happened to.

“I’m sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character's emotional growth."

I think the only thing I was unsure of was the motives of the person who leaked the script. Why was it leaked? What did this person hope to achieve? I also figured out pretty early on who it was but none of this lessened my enjoyment of this book. It’s honestly so fun and anyone who loves cons and is part of a fandom will love this!

P.S Can we have Starfield made into a real show?
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Jazzy.O
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2019
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Hisham
5.0 out of 5 stars Look to the stars. Aim. IGNITE!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2019
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Danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect sequel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2019
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2020
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