What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They're just a few of the amazing women proving that "geek" is no longer a four-letter word.
In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys--they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.
"Geek Girls Unite" is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding. (Taken from Goodreads)
This is something a little different to what I would usually review on this blog. For one Geek Girls Unite isn’t exclusively YA though I believe lots of teens and young adults will enjoy the book and secondly it’s non-fiction, shock horror I know... I haven’t read any non-fic since finishing university but it was a great book and so interesting. It had me laughing out loud and nodding along throughout.
Geek Girls Unite caught my attention in London’s Tottenham Court Road Forbidden Planet and I know I needed to read it. Its a fun guide to the different types of geek girls that are around and a great reference for geeky stuff should you want recommendations of websites, books and music.
The book is split into a few different types of Geek Girls; Fangirl Geeks, Literary Geeks, Music Geeks, Film Geeks, Funny-Girl Geeks, Domestic Goddess Geeks and then a section for Misc geeks ie a few random other types of geek girls that you can come across. It was really quite interesting and talked about different famous women who fit into these categories but I think sometimes it was a little stereotypical. I could get over that because of the humour and interesting references within the pages though.
I found myself agreeing with a lot of different parts of the book from the different sections so although I’m not really a proper film geek I could relate to some of the things the book was talking about. I obviously felt right at home in the Literary Geek and Fangirl sections though and I love that I have new things to check out, of the few things covered which I hadn’t heard of before reading this book.
I was a little disappointed that the book appeared to be more of a guide for girls who wanted to be geeks rather than those who already are. I found myself thinking “I already know that, why are you telling me about it?” especially right at the beginning where there was a “Geek Girl Lexicon” list and all the words in the glossary were either obvious or already known to me, though I admit not everyone I know will understand what MMORPG is (Massively Multiplayer Online role Playing Game for those who don’t.)
With that little disappointment I will move on to larger one. I can get over knowing things that the book covers and it feeling a little more like a guide to being a geek than a celebration of Geekdom. what I couldn’t get over was the “love interest” section at the end of each chapter. This love interest section classified the types of guys that the geek girl in question would go for, whilst this was highly amusing in places and I did question my boyfriends ability to name at least one of Shakespeare’s Plays (a requisite for any Literary Geeks partner apparently (and interestingly my partner said King Lear and not the obvious Romeo and Juliet!)) but it never took into account sexuality and in every chapter it was implied that the love interest of a geek girl would be male. I didn’t like this and don’t think it would have killed the author to include female traits (for example in each checklist it had that a love interest would look like one of three celeb guys and Im sure there could have been a female celeb added.... just to balance things out a bit.)
Other than the blatant sexuality issues in the book and the stereotyping I did really enjoy this book, I thought it was really funny, a great reference, taught me a few things I didn’t know and was really well written. I will be tempted to check out the authors other books especially Everybody Hurts which is a guide to Emo music, that sounds just up my street!
Geek Girls Unite was published in November 2011 by HarperEntertainment in the US but can be purchased in the UK from some suppliers. My copy was purchased.
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