I received this book for Christmas and I have finally gotten around to reviewing it. The book was fairly enjoyable and I liked reading it, although it has several flaws I would like to point out. I think it is a valuable read to any “geek” or “nerd” girl because there are a lot of really good things in here. I applaud Ms. Simon for going for it in this book, even though she missed the mark at times.
The book is divided into several sections, each one describing a particular type of geeky girl. I like this format in many ways, but this is where the flaw of the book lies. The first section was the fangirl geek. I automatically knew that I fit into this category. All of the descriptions in the chapter fit me perfectly and I could relate with it all. I loved that feeling and really enjoyed reading the section on what kind of boy is recommended for you. The problems began after this. The rest of the geek girl sections were very specific, like Literary geek or Film Geek. I don’t have problems with these types of geeks, but the chapters were not enjoyable for me because I had nothing in common with these types. I was especially sad because I really love books, but I seemed unable to fit into the literary geek category because I wasn’t obscure enough and didn’t like very specific things. Although the author gives a disclaimer about the book not including every category, the fact that it included some and not others made me sad. Especially because the groups made it seem at times that this group was exclusive to those who had these interests. I do not believe that exclusiveness is what being a geek is about. I think we can all fit into different categories without having to be a specific way.
I still really enjoyed reading the book, and for those of us who fit into a category, that chapter will be very entertaining for you because all the references make sense to you. I would say this book is more effective as a reference in which girls can look at certain sections, but not as a book to read all the way through. I still enjoyed it while reading it, and appreciated Leslie Simon’s insight, so I will give this book a 3/5 for my book review.