The Princess and the Fangirl is the second book in the Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston. In this, we get to see Amara, or the actress who plays her, Jessica Stone pull a parent trap with her look a like con goer Imogen “Monster” Lovelace.
In this book, we get to see both sides of those who love the character Amara in Imogen’s place and those who get to see the ugly side and has never connected to it in Jessica’s. There is always a dark side in fandom and I think we get to see this very prevalent in this book compared to Geekerella.
It all starts with a case of mistaken identity and Imogen is literally thrown on stage during a panel with people thinking she’s Jess. Then Jess loses the script that only she was given by the director and someone is leaking it bit by bit. So of course, they swap places so that Jess can try and figure out who and Imogen can’t pass up the chance to save Amara. I mean she did start the movement.
The only problem is Jess does not want them to save Amara. It takes most of the book for her to see what everyone else sees when they see Amara. For her to take a chance and try to change her character. Even if it takes exposing the culprit for this to happen.
The love interest in the book was predictable, but I loved it anyway. Imogen and Ethan try so hard not to like each other, but they very much do. Jess on the other hand has spent so much time suppressing herself for her image that it catches her almost off guard when she meets Harper. Nothing is ever easy and it takes until the end of the book and a lot of apologies are said.
I saw this quote about the first book and I had to post about it here. It’s not directly from the book, but from the author.
“Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy? That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.” -Ashley Poston
I also definitely read the acknowledgements just to see the fandom hints that she talks about like Yuri!!! On Ice, Dragon Age Inquisition, Breathe of the Wild, and Critical Role. Some of my favorite things.
I would give this book 4 stars out of 5. If you enjoyed the first one that you will definitely enjoy this one.