Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

BOOK REVIEW: The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Jessica Stone is a well-known actress who played Princess Amara in Starfield; a popular fantasy film. Recently her character was killed. She is now attending a Fandom Convention and hates every minute. Jess is waiting to break away and become a real actress worthy of an Oscar.

Imogen Lovelace though, is about to change all that! Accidentally she is mistaken for Jess at the convention and finds herself in front of 3,000 fans! Imogen is passionate about saving Princess Amara and desperately wants to bring her back, will she manage to do it?!

Jess needs to trade places with Imogen for a weekend at the convention, as someone is leaking the new sequel script on social media and is hinting it is Jess. She needs to be free to find out who is sending these hideous messages, wanting her to be publicly named and shamed. Imogen on the other hand wishes to be Princess Amara, but what is the catch? Can she really pull off playing Jessica Stone, the well-known actress at a fantasy convention, how difficult can it be……

The two go off in their different quests at the convention and both have relationships with different people whom they like, dislike and mistrust. Will Jess get to find the true identity of the thief before Imogen spoils her life and acting career forever?

Ashley Paston has written a number of light-hearted fandom books, for the younger reader. This book is a mix of fantasy vs fairy-tale and has a ring of the traditional Prince and the Pauper story with a modern twist.

Although it is predictable, it has characters who are inevitably intertwined with funny and entertaining consequences. It explores the reality of fame, fantasy and relationships in a light-hearted warm story.

The Princess and the Fangirl is published by Quirk Books and is available here.

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Ashley Poston

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Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron(HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

Reviewed by Amanda Brightman

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