May 6, 2015

Early Reader Review: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Lexicon of Life Hacks for the Modern Lady GeekThe Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for the Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date:  May 12, 2015


Format: Paperback ARC
Source:Librarything Early Reviewers program and Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.
I got this book in the mail and immediately started reading it regardless of the fact that it did not come out until mid-May (it was in December when I got it).  I loved reading this book. I am a nerd girl, I fangirl over books, tv, and comics; I play World of Warcraft just for the fun of it  - I am not a serious player by any means; I have attended cons and this book was still up my alley. It was a wonderful overture of the girl-nerd scene and the dos and don't.

Sam does a great job of explaining the various groupings of girl-geeks, the lingo, the fun stuff we do and want to do and I think this is a wonderful book for those timid fangirls waiting to share their nerdiness with the world - or even just their friends. She intersperses her how-to guide with interviews with awesomely nerdy and powerful women talking about being fangirls and how their geekiness has impacted their lives and they are funny, great reads.

My only issue is that it reads a little between the teen and new adult age groups... I think that when some teens read it, it may be a bit over their heads and when some new adult ages read it will be a 'duh' moment - but overall I think it packs a powerful punch, we are girls and we are nerdy and that is great!

This book made me want to do all the nerdy things at ones, watch all the TV shows, movies, read all the comics, graphic novels, and books and go to all the cons in cosplay. Loved it!


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