Princess and the Fangirl
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
I don't want to start by telling you about how much I dug Geekrella (except that I do, but I'll send you to my review of that here.
Princess and the FanGirl is a continuation of that Con universe and was inspired by the Prince and the Pauper. A Hollywood starlet trades places with Imogen, a fan who is running a petition to save Jessica's character in the latest installment of her favorite series.
Ridiculousness ensues from there and it follows some basic plot structures for a goofy teen romance set at a comic convention. Imogen starts to fall for Jessica's assistant even though they are incredibly mean and frustrated with each other the entire time. I've lived that trope, I don't much care to read about it. Jessica falls for Imogen's friend but doesn't tell her that they've switched places.
All of the typical things happen from there.
While I'm just cynical enough to get frustrated by romance tropes, I did love some things about this book. I love the world of the conventions that the author describes. In this book specifically she takes us to ExcelsiCon but very specifically describes the DragonCon set up and surrounding hotels. DragonCon is one of my favorite cons so it was nice to dive into it even if it's a fictional world.
I also really liked the general idea of the two lead characters switching places. The Parent Trap/Prince and the Pauper aspect was a good one for me.
The only thing I flat out hated about this book? Multiple nicknames. I dislike this practice in general for writers. If you want me to know your character, I can't gave three different names for them. Imogen was listed as Mo, Monster…and then when she's pretending to be Jessica she's Jessica and the character name of the show. It's too much for such a short book.
Overall, listen…it's cutesy and con-y and still worth a read. Old characters are there from Geekerella and serve in a limited capacity. And if you liked the first one, you'll probably like this one. But if you're like me…you won't like it quite as much.
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