Once Upon a Comic-Con
Julia Farrow has it all. She's got the friends, the grades, the smile, the perfect reputation, and the new boyfriend who adores her. All in all, life is pretty much perfect for Grover High's favorite cheerleader. Until she's tagged, that is. That ridiculous Geeks Gone Wild hashtag is still going strong and while Julia has managed to steer clear of the drama unfolding between the jocks and the geeks, one embarrassing photo is enough to flip her world upside down. The boyfriend? He's out. The friends? Turns out they're more like frenemies. And that perfect reputation? Well, that's all about to crumble as the truth comes out about Julia and her secret, passionate love affair with all things comics.
But Julia isn't about to go down without a fight. She's spent a lifetime honing her perfect image and when it's ruined, there's really only one person to blame. The school paper's editor-in-chief and the guy behind the hashtag--Matt Cartwright. Sure, he claims he's innocent, but if it wasn't for him she'd still be on track to be prom queen. He might not be able to fix this disaster that her life has become, but there's one way he can make it up to her. He can bring her along to the comics convention he's assigned to cover for his internship with the local paper. He's got the tickets, she needs an escape, and really, it's the least he can do. She's just tagging along as a fan, that's all. It's not like they have to be friends or anything. And those kisses? Well, what happens at comic-con stays at comic-con...right?
When Matt gets a story on a huge Comic Con, he has no clue where to start. There's one person in the school who he knows that likes comics and that's the "perfect" Julia Farrow. Matt seems skeptical at first, but once they get to Comic Con, he sees a whole different side of her. Here, Julia is in her element and her mask falls apart piece by piece. Matt realizes that he loves this side of Julia and they grow closer and closer. However, both fear what will happen when they return to school.
ONCE UPON A COMIC-CON is a contemporary romance that features instant love. At first Matt and Julia don't care for each other, but as soon as they get to know each other, they fall for one another. Neither are what they seem at school and that's okay. The trip helps teach them that there's more things important in life than putting on a good face. I do wish there were more scenes of them at the comic con because I would've liked to read about Matt's reaction to his first time visiting all of the various booths.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance, insta-love, comic cons, and stories that feature nerdy characters.