I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
Published by Quirk Books on December 3rd, 2013
Genres: Humor, Non-Fiction
You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.
Now, I’m not really a non-fiction reader, but with its quirky title, The Geek’s Guide to Dating quickly became a must-read for me. And reading it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I giggled so much. This is just a great book for anyone on the geeky side of the spectrum looking to be entertained. You might just learn something too.
First off, the structure and design of this book is absolutely fabulous. The layout is reminiscent of a textbook, but it has cute little 8-bit drawings as illustrations and anecdotal sections that really bring Smiths “theories” home. The book may be a bit guy-oriented, admittedly, but I didn’t mind that very much. Much like Smith’s note on this at the beginning of the book says, a lot of the theories are just as applicable to girls. And I was mostly in it for the humor and entertainment.
Where this book wins is with its humorous voice and loads of geeky references. Now, I may not have known all of the references (because the geeksphere is so huge) but there were more than enough points where I was seriously giggling. If you’re geeky and you speak this language, you will seriously appreciate this book. It’s just massively entertaining. I would advise you to just read a short excerpt on Amazon or something to check it out – and if you start chuckling, buy the book, because you will not regret it.
What I love is that, aside from all the geeky references that get you giggling because you just understand the geek mentality, Smith really brings some solid points about dating advice. If you’re geeky, chances are you’re rather pessimistic about your own qualities when it comes to dating. I feel like there is usually a correlation between geekiness and self-deprecation. But in chapters like “Selecting Your Character”, where it dives into the different kinds of geeks (I’m a TV & Film Geek, Internet Geek, Social Media Geek, and Book Geek) and what skills they possess (for me that’s the wide-open mind, empathic sensor, and minutia recall), it shows you how you also possess desirable qualities. On a related note, this book kind of opened my mind to the idea of online dating. So yeah, there might not be mindblowing theories that transform you into a successful dating bot, but it’s realistic and honest in an extremely comforting way.
I guess the biggest weakness of The Geek’s Guide to Dating is that it really could have used another editing round. There were quite a few glaring grammatical errors – sentences where words were just plain missing as a result of revising and rewriting… it got quite annoying when this happened more than 5 times. If they’re such glaring mistakes that are that obvious when someone is reading the book for the first time… an editor really should have caught that.