The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
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.
This was a really cute follow up to Geekerella. The Princess and the Fangirl takes place at the same con, but a year later. There are some cameos from the characters in Geekerella.
There are two points of view. One is Imogen and the other is Jess.
Imogen has been going to the con for years. Her moms both have a booth there. She is meeting an online friend, Harper, and her brother and his boyfriend are also there. Imogen is a fun character. She’s insecure at times, but she’s also proud to be a con nerd. She speaks up and causes a bit of chaos. Her family and friends call her Mo, which is short for monster and Imogen. She’s still dealing with the fact that her boyfriend stood her up at the last con. She felt really hurt and couldn’t understand what went wrong.
Jess is an actress in Starfield. She only took the role to help get other jobs, but she’s now worried that she’ll be typecast and won’t get serious roles. She is a snob and doesn’t get cons or fans. She was happy that Amara got killed off and is now just waiting to see if she has to be back for the second movie. She is given a script, but she throws it away. Someone took it from the garbage and started releasing pages of the script online.
Imogen and Jess look a lot alike, so Jess comes up with a plan. Imogen will play Jess on the panels and Jess will be Imogen. But she’s mostly looking for whoever has the script. Imogen is babysat by Jess’s assistant, Ethan. And Jess meets Harper while being Imogen.
Both girls struggle at times because they are falling for people while this lie is going on. They also can’t seem to find who has the script. Eventually, Jess comes clean and they get help from a lot of friends.
There were cute romances and this was a fast read for me. I really enjoyed the growth of Jess during the book. She was hard to like at first, but like Imogen found out, Jess is dealing with a lot more than anyone knows.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on Goodreads). Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me a copy for review.
Have you read Geekerella? Are you planing on reading The Princess and the Fangirl?