Review: The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

The Geek's Guide to DatingSource: Quirk Books– I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation
Publisher: Quirk Books
Edition: Hardcover, 204 Pages
Genre: Non-fiction, Self Help
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4.5/5

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.

I know…you’re looking at this and you’re not sure you even want to read the review. A self-help guide to dating…yikes! But hear me out because this one is actually really fun and actually contains helpful advice, and the best part is it’s speaks our language: Geek.

This book uses the word ‘he’ a lot but fear not geek ladies, if you have common sense you are equipped to switch out those pronouns and use the advice yourself. Also you’re probably wondering if a book nerd will relate to something that looks pretty video game based, the answer is yes it does. In fact none of this is exclusive advice and even if you don’t understand all the references I bet there will be some that at least get you to chuckle a bit.

Now on to the actual content. If you know me then you know I’ve been in a relationship for over 6 years and if you really know me then you know I never did much of the dating thing. I was one of those super lucky people who hit it off immediately with the person I plan to spend the rest of my life with, in high school no-less. BUT if I did have to do the dating thing I think this would have been helpful, especially since I’m one of those people who is painfully “shy” (social anxiety) and is bound to screw up sentence structure when under pressure. It starts off with getting to know who you are as a person and a geek, gives you advantages/disadvantages of each niche and tells you how to apply them to real life situations. It even gives you tips on where to meet people, geeky and on, and how to get to the point of asking that person out. You get a ton of tips: tips for the more mature situations, how to keep things fresh, tips on how to prep yourself for a date, and how to handle when things get serious or fizzle out. In fact I’m a bit surprised how much ground it covered in just over 200 pages and that is definitely a good thing. No one wants to spend weeks reading a text book sized dating guide.

So if you’re like me and already out of the dating game you can still enjoy this. It has some really great lines in it and a ton of fun references that had me laughing out loud. You can even get some really great ideas for date night with your boyfriend/girlfriend/hubby/wife (*phew*). Not only is the book fun to look at, it’s fun to read.

4.5 Stars

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8 Responses to Review: The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

  1. HAHAH oh man.. I just want to go back to high school and hand this out to like.. ALL OF MY FRIENDS. Guys and Gals alike. Geek/Nerd and Proud!

  2. frodosco says:

    This sounds like a fun read even if you don’t really care about the dating advice within. 8-bit illustrations and gaming references? Yes please! ^.^

  3. Pamela D says:

    I am married, but when I saw this book at the library, I knew I had to take a peek at it too. My husband and I are both geeks, and I think we will both get a laugh out of it.

  4. Christy says:

    This book, oh man. Sounds great! And how lucky you are to find such a good relationship in high school. I now a couple like that, and it’s so sweet.

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