Published by Quirk Books on April 2, 2019
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.
Let me tell you that Ashley Poston really gets what it means to be a diehard fan of something. I can’t get over the way she brings these characters to life who look and act so similarly to myself and people that I know. Loving something so deeply that you have to write your own stories about it, make art about it, or hell even write songs about it is truly an incredible thing. Ashley Poston knows that down to her core and it comes through in her writing. I will admit that I am not a huge contemporary fan, it is hard for me to enjoy a book that doesn’t have dragons or wizards. But the thing about Ashley’s books is that even though they are contemporaries they are filled to the brim with magic. I always feel as though I am right there with the characters at the con and I can feel the wonder that comes with being somewhere so magical.
I really enjoyed our main characters Imogen and Jess, they were such polar opposites in many ways and the fact that they managed everything they did was a joy to watch unfold. The romances in this book were phenomenal, near the end of the book I was all but squealing on my lunch at work.
I think that more than anything shows how amazing these books are, because at the end of the day, all I ever want is book that gives me the same range of emotions as a good fanfic.
Verdict: This book was everything that I wanted and I recommend it to everyone especially if you are in a fandom. I gave it 5/5 stars.