After a brief introduction where she argues, “Geek is the new cool,” Simon breaks down girl geekdom into several categories: Fangirl, Literary, Film, Music, Funny-Girl, Domestic Goddess, and Miscellaneous Geek.
Each chapter highlights broad characteristics of the category of geekdom with a brief history, quizzes to assess your geekiness, short bios of important figures (called Geek Goddesses), and must-see websites and books/films/television shows/music to be a true master of your passion.
For the geek wannabe, it gives a great starting point to understanding the canon of the geekdom. For those that are already immersed, it’s a fun way to compare what you know with Simon’s research.
There’s also a very funny section on “Frenemies” – a brief list of characteristics to watch out for that identify the posers against the true geeks. You’ll want to make sure you aren’t making any of these faux pas!
This book came out in 2011, so I’m a little worried that as years go by, the references will be less timely, and the links to other resources will stop working. I hope Simon is working on updating the book…
Whether you read it from cover to cover, or just dip into your favorite obsession, embrace your geekiness and read this book, I think you’ll walk away with a good feeling.
Check the WRL catalog for Geek Girls Unite