I loved pretty much everything about this one. From the updated fairy tale to the fangirl/boyness, from the mixed up phone number to the Con; this was pretty much everything you would want in a YA with heart. The story was entertaining and featured a relatable character in Elle and a sympathetic character in Darien.
I also liked that Ms. Posten added in Sage forming a relationship with Cal.
There was a very nice spanning of race and orientations here that I think should be featured more in YA overall. Bravo.
The only drawbacks as far as I was concerned were the maybe too much referencing of stars/universes/galaxies…it got a little overkill there. BUT beyond that? Can’t complain.
I was a bit jumping the gun on the nosebleed part, realizing a mere two pages later that Darien was corrected in his tilt back wrongness…but I digress.
I highly recommend this one for pretty much anyone. Those who love romance, YA, fairy tale re-tellings, and especially the fangirls and boys out there. The characters really do speak to something that is inside those of us regardless of the particular fandom: (to quote from the book) “We might all be different we may ship different fandoms…when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow sticks in the night. They shine. We shine. Together.”
Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
10.0:% “Duel perspectives: Interesting. Movie star and fangirl of the remake of the show said moviestar is cast in. Elle has a job for a food truck called Magic Pumpkin and a stepmother and step-twin-sisters. Intriguing so far…”
22.0% “I’ll ignite the stars.” <—I love that.
I am digging the characterizations here and the parallels to Cinderella while still being very modern and on point. I like the “fandom” created and the world-building of that fandom.”
48.0% “Those wretched twins. How dare them?! Shame on them!”
64.0% “Oh that evil Chloe. It isn’t surprising though considering what the step-mom is like that she turned out that way! Imagine the nerve!”
68.0% “So, my heart melted a little at the part where the badges were printed out for her Dad every year just in case she decided to come. Oh the feels. That’s just so…beautiful…and *what* is WRONG with the stepmom?! Shade cast to her in a million ways.”
77.0% “Nosebleed 101: Do NOT tilt your head back. You tilt your head forward. Smh. I can’t believe that wrong outdated info like that is still being spouted and in a book being published in 2017 no less.”
77.0% “Add-on: Why? Because then you swallow blood and that ends up in your stomach and can cause vomiting. Doesn’t that just sound lovely? Nose bleed then vomit? No? Then don’t advise it through your character in a book. Shame.”
77.0% “Well, I’ll be damned. Okay, so one of the other characters sees Darien do the tilt back thing and then tells him not to. Good!”
84.0% “We might all be different-we may ship different fandoms…when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow sticks in the night. They shine. We shine. Together.” Not gonna lie, I got chills reading that. It is so inspiring. So true. *nods*”
Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: Quirk Books
Expected Publication Date: April 4th, 2017