Obtained: Quirk Books, ARC
Publish date: May 12, 2015
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy in the mail one day. I’d been interested in this publication ever since I saw a captivating quote from the book set as an image on Twitter one day (an image which you can find at the bottom of this blog post, courtesy of Sam Magg’s tumblr page). It was a quote that made me felt empowered as a geek girl, not demoralized or outcast, and when I found out this was from a book, I had high hopes that this book made me feel just as empowered the entire way through. Well, fellow geek girls, you will not be disappointed.
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fun little treat that I devoured in about two sittings, but I’ll likely read it again for fun. It contains chapters full of information that any geek girl will find educational: everything from how to deal with guys who judge you for not knowing enough about a certain fandom, to where to find other geek girls in your community and get involved, to how to prepare for a giant nerd convention (spoiler: the answer is granola bars and comfortable shoes).
As someone who is clearly a geek girl myself, who has written the fanfictions and scoured Tumblr for amazing new gifs, I found this book not only easy to relate to, but very funny and very informative. I laughed at references to my favourite TV shows (Firefly, anyone?) and I was amazed at how many places there are in my neighbourhood that may lead me to find other geeky girls to befriend.
Overall, this book was well worth the wait and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys nerd culture (not just the ladies)!
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is expected to hit stores May 12th, 2015, so don’t forget to mark that on your calendar!