This sub-genre of books about geek girls going to conventions based on their favourite fandoms is really starting to become a fav 😂
a quick note before I start: you don’t need to read Geekerella before reading this one, I would definitely recommend you check it out but you could totally read it after TPATF, or not at all! There are references to the plot of Geekerella but the situations are explained so that you can understand the references if you haven’t read it.
The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
Title: The Princess and the Fangirl
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: April 2, 2019
My Rating: 3.5/5
Think Geekerella meets Queens of Geek and that is exactly what The Princess and the Fangirl is all about. You are really getting the best of both of Geekerella and Queens of Geek mashed up into one super easy read.
First of all, I am going to talk about what I loved about this book, because after the positives I’m going to get into a bit of a rant review about Imogen, because she was completely insufferable and I just can’t get over how much I couldn’t stand her.
The plot was a ton of fun, I honestly don’t know much about the original Princess and the Pauper story, so I’m going into this with very little understanding of that. I really love seeing books with POVs from both the fangirl and the person they are a fangirl of.
As for the romances: Imogen’s was honestly quite annoying, but that can also be tied to the fact that I didn’t like Imogen and found her romance extremely boring. On the other hand, I died over Jessica’s romance plot-line. A well written, well paired f/f romance completely made up for the boring romance from the other POV in the book. It was adorable and totally swoon-worthy.
The plot had a few plot holes, but I can forgive them. I wouldn’t expect this type of book to make complete sense, but I definitely would take this amount of fun over perfectly sealed plot lines any day.
Super quick, enjoyable, and easy read. It was perfect for sitting outside on a warm sunny day and flying through it. The pacing was great, the length was perfect and the ending wraps up nicely. I also just realized there is going to be another book in this series, I am definitely excited about that.
Now, my least favourite part of this book, and the reason I had to take off a full star: Imogen. I really could not stand this girl, she was insufferable once the main conflict and plot set in, and then up until the very end. There is a part that is around 100 pages in where someone asks her:
“Are you one of those girls who thinks girls who wear makeup are vapid?”
… “I don’t see the point of tricking people into thinking you have bigger lips or higher cheekbones.” I admit.
To which the character talking to her about this then needs to go into an in-depth explanation about how makeup can be empowering and enjoyable, because for some reason Imogen has this superiority complex and can’t understand why “i’m not like other girls. I don’t wear makeup and girls that do are vapid” isn’t a personality trait.
This kind of thinking pretty much continued throughout the book. Not only did she make comments like this, but she was one of the most selfish characters I have encountered in a contemporary. She agreed to help Jessica (who is an actress in her all time favourite movie franchise, the whole reason she was at the convention in the first place) because Jessica’s career could be in jeopardy, and after they established a set of base rules, proceeded to break all of them for her own personal gain, such as going on a date with a world famous actor when he was under the impression that she was Jessica, because what could go wrong, right? She doesn’t ever seem to care that she is putting other people in a horrible position whenever she took advantage of everyone around her.
“You don’t understand what’s at stake. I won’t allow it – and neither will Darien.”
(Imogen:) I scoff. “Allow me? What can you do to stop me?”
“You’ll ruin her career.”
“Ruin it? I’m going to save it!…”(context: Imogen wants to take advantage of her position of switching places with Jessica so that she can promote her campaign of bringing back one of the Starfield characters that was killed off)
One of the main points the book discusses is the issue of social media and the ease of access people have to send hateful and threatening comments to female celebrities. Imogen does not take into account Jessica’s side of things/her feelings whenever she does something such as what is being argued about above. She only ever cared about something when it benefitted her, and while every single other character in this book is caring and helpful to the people they love, she did not have a single interest in helping others.
Oh look, I found another example of when Imogen completely does not care about the tough situation she is putting people in. Here, she is talking to Jessica’s assistant about her schedule:
“You have a meet and greet in ” – he checks his watch – “twenty minutes. We should get lunch, and I’ll teach you how she signs her name, and you need to fix your makeup and -”
I don’t know what it was about the sudden “chill, dude” and the fact that she cut him off when he was clearly stressed out about having to help her (he basically was the whole reason she ever did ANYTHING) pull this off, that made me so angry, but it did. She clearly has no concern for the fact that he is anxious about the whole situation.
I’m gonna cut myself off there. I could go on for ages about my dislike of Imogen but I also don’t want it to seem like I hated the book, because I didn’t, I really enjoyed the book. But I just couldn’t let these thoughts I had go, so this review turned into a bit of a rant review, I apologize 😦
If you enjoyed Geekerella, definitely give this one a shot! I loved it just as, much if not more 🙂
Thank you so much for reading,