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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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-alikes 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.

©2019 Ashley Poston (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Enjoyable romcom and great sequel

Let's get the obvious out of the way: anyone who's familiar with romantic comedies can predict many of the plot points of this book. But, as a certain website would tell you, Tropes Are Not Bad. And what matters in a romcom isn't the destination - it's the journey. Like its predecessor, The Princess and the Fangirl is a pleasant journey with likeable characters. It's got humor, nerd references, and some really nice moments between its principal players. Anyone who likes a solid romantic comedy is likely to enjoy this book.

Fans of Geekerella will be glad to see some returning characters, and this book also has a fair bit of LGBT representation, which is always a good thing to see. It also takes a pretty strong stance against toxic fandom and cyber bullying.

Having listened to the audio this time around, I genuinely wish I'd done so for the first book rather than reading it. The two protagonists are voiced by two different readers, and both of them do a good job bringing Imogen and Jessica to life. I liked the first book just fine, but I definitely enjoyed this one more, and I think their performances are part of the reason why.

Recommended if you like romantic comedies and/or stories with nerdy main characters.

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Boring. Geekerella was so much better. DNF

Way too much time at ExselciCon. I can appreciate science fiction/fantasy/comic books, but it's too much. Also, I'm not a fan of LGBT plot lines. Everyone is free to love who they want, but I don't want to read about it.

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Not what I wanted

It’s a lesbian love story. I wish they would let you know before you buy it, to expect alternative sexuality.

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Whine, whine and more whining

I love quirky, different and weird but this isn’t any of those things in a good way. If I wanted to listen to a woman pitch a fit I could just call a female friend. Honestly if I had a woman in my life that was this much a cry baby mess I would never answer her text or call.

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I couldn’t finish thanks to Jess

Jess may be the most unbearable character. She whines all the time and the narrator dies a great job of conveying her whining. I serious just had it with her and turned it off bc I couldn’t hear her complaining anymore.

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Less enchanting than the first

Sure, they’re YA nerd romances, but I fully enjoyed Geekerella and found the characters relatively realistic and compelling.

Unfortunately for this sequel, the leads are relatively dull, the romance feels contrived, and there’s no real conflict that drives the story. I didn’t feel gripped by this novel and barely finished it. It feels like too many shallow stories and characters spread too thin. I also personally found the reader for Jess a little difficult to listen to. I truly wanted to love this one!

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Loved it!

I liked this book even more than the 1st in the series. Sweet story and livable characters.

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Cute retelling

This was a cute sequel to Geekerella. I liked that the fairy tale twist was the Prince and the Pauper and that we saw more of Jess from the first book. Jess was a bit unlikeable at the beginning, she seems spoiled and complains about being in a super successful film, but when Imogene trades places with her, you see how controlled she is and that she just wants to do her own thing. Imogene was quirky and funny and I liked her relationship with her brother. Both girls had their own romances that were sweet and I liked how they played out. I felt like the pacing was slow and could have had more action. The narration on the audiobook was good, especially Jess's slight southern accent.

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Amazing

Cute story totally recommend for teenagers my girlfriend is obsessed with this story and other SI-FI ones l personally loved listening to it myself and with my girlfriend amazing story cute I loved it as much as Geekrella can’t wait for the next book

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By the power of fandoms!

Wonderful series about the power of geekdom and fandoms. If you’ve ever been a hardcore fan of just about anything, then you would understand. This time around we get a modern twist of The Prince and the Pauper when we follow celebrity Jessica Stone and her doppelgänger Imogen Lovelace as they switch places and try and right the wrongs going on in their respective lives. Both learn the power of fandoms along with the good, the bad, the ugly, and all that that entails.

Both narrators do a wonderful job with their characters.

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  • Johan Stulens
  • 01-16-22

Not as good as Geekerella.

I didn't enjoy this story as much as Geekerella. The main characters weren't as likable. Both were very self absorbed and quite anoying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-21

I loved this so much!

Omg this really surprised me, I knew I’d like it but I didn’t think I’d love it! It was a quick & light-hearted read thats a perfect break from more heavy stories.

It follows two teenage girls: Jess is famous for playing a princess in a sci-fi series, and Imogen is one of the more well known members of the fandom who are trying to revive the princess’ character. But then things start to go wrong at the convention and they realise the only way to fix it is to swap lives.

The characters were so sweet and lovely and it had such great casual rep. Imogen has 2 mums, there’s a sapphic relationship with one of the mc’s & an mlm relationship between side characters. There is also people of all gender identities and expressions at the convention which was never questioned or called weird; this made my little queer heart very happy. There’s also an enemies to lovers romance.

So overall I highly recommend this and I can’t wait to read the 3rd book!

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  • Laura Pohl
  • 09-28-21

A super fun spin off

Ashley Poston did it again! I love this spin-off for Geekerella and the characters explored here are very fun. The exploration of fandom remains heartwarming and truthtul. Recommend to everyone who loves anything geeky.

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  • Hannah4cupcakes
  • 09-25-21

Another great instalment!

Love how the first story line was incorporated into the second book and was so glad it all turned out how it did in the end.

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  • Danielle
  • 04-18-19

Charming, Funny and Uplifting FAN-tastic

the perfect sequel to Geekerella. it had me laughing out loud the whole way through

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  • Catherine
  • 04-05-19

This story lacks the charm of the first

i liked Jess she is relatable and i understand her character Imogen however is not very likable but does achieve redemption. I guessed who had stolen the script early on and felt that it was very obvious. The "love story" part seemed rushed and felt forced.
I didn't hate this story however felt it paled in comparison of Geekerella.