Monday, December 9, 2013

The Geek's Guide to Dating (Review)

The Geek’s Guide to Dating



By: Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks)

Rating: 5 out 5 Stars

I would not really classify myself as a “Geek” but I have some geek qualities: I love to read books, I “fanboy” at certain fandoms, collect random popular culture items (posters and cards), and you can see me at random cons throughout the year. Well, I guess I am a geek in my own right.

When I received The Geek’s Guide to Dating in the mail, I was pretty excited that I was picked to read the book. It was my first ARC that I have had the opportunity to read. Of course, I kept telling myself that I would be a “super nerd” if I read this book, but in all honesty, this book is for everyone (for both males and females). I even read the guide in one book sitting. I could not put it down. I found myself laughing at his jokes and various popular culture references, especially his references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Super Smash Brothers, and Pokemon. Although I did not know every popular culture reference that Smith made, he made it understandable for his readers. For example, Smith brings up Magic: The Gathering a couple of times throughout his book. I do not know anything about Magic: The Gathering but after his explanation of the game and how it compares to dating, I feel like I have a true understanding to what the game is about. Also, I officially know what an MMO is now. I always listen to Felicia Day’s song “(Do You Want to Date My) Avatar” and have never known what an MMO was but now I do. Thanks Eric!

Overall, Smith’s guide to dating is unique. It is very witty and quirky!  He makes the book his own. When Smith provides information, he does not just list items and bullet points. His guide is told through a conversation. Smith lets the reader, who he refers to as Player 1,  know what they should do when it comes to dating, provides examples that people can relate to, and even gives the audience commentary to events and examples. By doing so, the author makes dating relatable to everyone.

Furthermore, the book is very readable and very organized. The first part of the book is about learning about who you are before going on a date. People should act to their true colors and not act like someone their not. After telling people to be themselves, he provides some commentary  on how to ask someone out, the do and don’ts of dating, making a first impression, how to “read” a first date, and how to defeat the final boss – aka defining the relationship!

I really enjoyed reading Smith’s book. If you are a “geek,” go out and buy it. You will enjoy Smith’s humor and will find his information on dating very beneficial. There is also something in the guide book for everyone – people who watch television, play videos games, and represent different fandoms (new and old). Like Smith said, “We’re eccentric, enthusiastic, intelligent, and occasionally awkward” (Smith 19). Smith is right; we are all a little awkward. So take your awkwardness out in the world and find your Player 2!

In closing, Smith’s guide is a must read! Due to how much I liked it, I will be purchasing my own official version of the book. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and read it! 


Memorable Quote: “But like all good quests, if you undertake it for the right reasons, the experience is its own reward” (Smith 12).