Book Review – The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

princess and the fangirlThe 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.


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Ahhhhh. A high 4.5 stars to this glorious book.

I loved Geekerella and was really looking forward to reading this. And it definitely didn’t let me down at all. It still has the elements of fandom and con love that Geekerella has, but also has fun mistaken identities and f/f rep and dealing with fandom bullshit. 😍😍😍

There were a few places I thought it relied a little on having read Geekerella, but otherwise it works really well on its own. 

I love the whole “let’s swap places” trope, more of that in all my books, yes please! And the two romance storylines were super cute (I know, I know, I can’t believe I said that either!). I was really cheering them both on.

I also loved the mini mystery / heist elements, they are so fun and really worked with the story.

I want to discuss Jess – the way it portrays her life, both the good and definitely the bad, but also her realising that she didn’t know how to be “normal” easily. I loved her for all of that. I also loved how we saw most of her life’s hardships through Mo’s eyes – largely about how the fans reacted. That did a great job of going into it without it feeling personal, though obviously it is.

I loved Mo too, but Jess was it for me. And Mo’s brother. He’s awesome.

Obviously I love this, so just go read it!!


Buy The Princess and the Fangirl from Amazon UK.

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