Book Reviews

The Geek's Guide to Dating [Book Review]

I haven’t reviewed a book in HOW long???!? Seriously, it’s been a while but the reason is not that I haven’t been reading or that I haven’t read any good books, it’s simply because they haven’t compelled me to write about them. Good news is that not only am I reviewing a book right now but it is quite possibly the perfect gift for the Geek in your life.

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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.

Is it possible to have a crush on a book? How can you not have a crush on a book that references The Big Bang Theory and Family Matters while teaching you how to get yourself into the dating world? The author, Eric Smith, recognizes that the rules of dating have changed and yet he understands that there is a better way to swoon a woman than to text her or Facebook message her. He wonders where all of the actually face-to-face time has gone and why we insist on using an app for that (FaceTime). Broken up into 7 chapters the ever-loveable Geek (woman or man) will find all of the tools they need to navigate the rough waters of dating in this century. Even those who are in a relationship may learn a thing or two about adding some excitement to their relationship.

In this book, we’ll explore the lessons embedded in the pixels and codes and equations and datastreams of the geek cannon. Old-school lessons about love and relationship, honour and allure, heartbreak and loss. Lessons that have stood the test of time (and time travel).” (12)

I may not have understood all of the references in this guide but I still found it quirky, sweet, and incredibly delightful. I even learned quite a bit about myself, what I like about my relationship and what I want to improve on. I found myself smirking brightly while reading the pages of this book, underlining key quotes and phrases as I went. There are so many great lessons to share and date ideas to try out, there’s even a Geek Psych-Up Mix Tape for you download. My favourite part of the book would have to be the little snippet entitled The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: “…you can be similarly chivalrous by opening doors, pulling out chairs, and walking on the street side of the sidewalk. Trust me, she’ll notice”. What else is there to say about The Geek’s Guide? It’s incredibly well-written and thought-out, and it’ll make a great stocking-stuffer, AND you’ll learn a heck of a lot from it!

“That’s the thing: You’re the one with your hands on the controller.

And you’re the only one who can push yourself our of your comfort zone.” (41)

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

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