The Princess and the Fangirl

The Princess and the Fangirl

A Geekerella Fairy Tale

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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.
People love Princess Amara, but Jessica Stone can't go up onstage at another con and pretend to love Starfield anymore. Except she's contractually obligated. But Imogen Weatherby , a Starfield fan hitting up ExcelsiCon, is Jess's lookalike, and if the two swap places Jessica can live her life out of the spotlight while Imogen pretends to be her on the rest of the con circuit. 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. -- adapted from information provided
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781683690962
Branch Call Number: TEEN POSTON
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Princess & the fangirl


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This LGBTQ retelling of The Prince and the Pauper takes place at a fandom convention, and it has delightful characters who respond to unlikely situations in surprisingly authentic ways. If you’re looking for an upbeat book that hums with nerd culture and makes you feel all the feels, this one is... Read More »

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Aug 29, 2020

This was a really cute book, great for if you have some time to sit and read. I love how everyone at ExcelsiCon is so geeky and not afraid to show it. Modern, with sweet love stories. Definitely a must read(:

Aug 11, 2020

Imogen Lovelace is with her brother and her mothers at Excelsicon, a yearly event for her geeky family. She is a huge fan of the Starfield franchise and she’s launched a campaign to save the female lead, Princess Amara. The problem? Jessica Stone, who played Princess Amara in the latest movie, doesn’t want the princess to be resurrected; she just wants to move on with her (hopefully) Oscar-worthy career. When Jess misplaces her copy of the sequel’s script, she realizes that she has to find it or she will be ruined. Jess conscripts Imogen, who looks startlingly like her, to stand in at her panels and meet-and-greets while she frantically searches for the missing script.

This series is completely adorable! Which makes it sound like it’s for younger kids, but it is written for young adults. Still–I’m going to let adorable stand.

There are so many things to love in this book. I love that Imogen has two mothers and her brother is gay. I love that everyone at Excelsicon is so unabashedly geeky. Attendees actively celebrate and encourage geekiness! I love that Poston addresses the darker side of fandoms. You know, those people who think that sequels or different actors or actresses will never be any good and who constantly troll actresses in particular about how they’re too fat or too thin or too ugly or too flat-chested or just too anything.

Mostly, I just love the characters that Poston creates. They’re regular people who get excited about the things they love and relate to. They’re perfect strangers who bond over a shared love of a TV show or movie. They’re people who are maybe teased or bullied about their enthusiasms in the wider world but who find acceptance among their own people at a Con or on a message board. They find quotes with ideas they need to hear in the shows they love and adopt them as their personal credos. And they understand that the color or shape of a character doesn’t matter; Princess Amara’s spirit lives in all of us. How can you not love a book like this?

I realize I haven’t said much about the plot. That’s because so much of this book is about its heart. But to address that for just a minute, the plot was maybe a bit implausible (Why wouldn’t Imogen be the one looking for the lost script instead of famous Jess?) but there were some twists and turns and I was surprised by the ending. I loved that Imogen realized how hard Jess’s shoes are to fill and that Jess started to better appreciate her fans.

If you’re looking for a deep, Literary read, these books are not for you. But if you’ve ever had serious conversations about what happens to characters after the book/movies end, drawn fan art, written fan fiction, pre-ordered tickets or books for sequels that you just couldn’t wait for, dressed up like a beloved character, quoted favorite lines, or been gloriously geek-tastic in any of a million different ways, this series is for you. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Sep 18, 2019

Two young women, both of whom bear a striking resemblance to each other, are the main characters in this contemporary version of the Prince and the Pauper. Jessica is the actress who doesn't want to be typecast as a sci fi princess, and who's wary of the dark side of fandom. Imogen is the fangirl who is leading a campaign to save the princess. Their meeting at a fan convention kicks off a tale of switched identities, encounters with each other's friends and family, and changing perspectives. The characters are written with humanity, flaws, and depth, and the book is a delight to read.

VaughanPLAlison Sep 02, 2019

"Geekerella" has been one of my favourite books that I've read in the last few years, perhaps ever, so the follow up had a bit to live up to. No disappointment from me. Ms. Poston totally gets it. She gets what it means to be a fan, how much it means to us, and how magical a con can be. I love that she set the entirety of this story at a convention, with all the wackiness and love that goes with it. I was attending my city's biggest fan convention while I was reading this, so that made it extra special. The characters are great, both old and new. I can't wait to read the next book.

Aug 05, 2019

Good sequel to Geekerella. Set two years later after the story of Geekerella we follow the character of Jessica and her look alike Imogen. When Jessica loses the precious script to the 2nd Starfield movie she decides to change place with Imogen in order to save her acting life. But Imogen thinks she might be falling for Jess's manager and Jess for Imogen's best friend. But in the end it will come down to this, "What will you give up for your love?" 14+

JessicaGma Jul 29, 2019

Much like Geekerella, this was a retelling of the Prince and the Pauper set during a Comic-con, and the cast of characters is handled deftly. Jessica Stone, the Star, learns what a pain she has been and Imogen, her "poor" doppelganger, learns she has more to offer than she thinks. There's great reminders of the previous book, and it's a fun story. Props for a very wide and inclusive cast!

RandomLibrarian Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "'The Princess and the Fangirl' is a romantic YA retelling of 'The Prince and the Pauper', set at a science fiction convention. This book, the second in the 'Geekerella' series, includes a f/f romance and a f/m romance but is primarily about the personal growth of the two heroines, Jessica and Imogene. It is lighter than a piece of glitter but does a good job of capturing the crowded, crazy convention world. You can certainly get into this book without having read 'Geekerella' but the story does make references to it."

May 24, 2019

This was a really upbeat, fun story to read! It is a quirky, slightly silly, and overall enjoyable love note to the world of fandom. There are lots of tiny easter eggs that made me smile, and I absolutely fell in love with the queer love story. Definitely a must-read for the summer!

DCLteens Mar 21, 2019

A Must-Read YA pick! Looking for something fun, witty and nerdtastic? A "Prince and the Pauper" modern makeover set in the Geekerella universe is just the ticket!


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