The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy || Sam Maggs

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Title: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Author: Sam Maggs
Length: 208 pages
Publication date: May 12, 2015
Genre: non-fiction
Rating: 2/5

I heard about this book last winter, and I thought it sounded really cool. I definitely consider myself a fangirl and a geek, so this sounded like it would be right up my alley. Plus the cover was adorable! So I was pretty excited when I was able to receive an ARC of this book from Netgalley.

This book is basically an introduction on how to be a lady geek. The author lists many things that have extensive fandoms online, such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and many more. There are chapters on fan fiction, conventions and how to navigate them, feminism in the geek world, and other things.

Unfortunately, this book fell very flat for me. The beginning of the book was a list of swag that members of certain fandoms can be seen wearing or owning. That's really all it was. And the book stayed at that shallow level. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was really hoping for something more in-depth. This really just felt like a book for people who want to be geeks because it's trendy. I also felt like some of the author's points were contradictory, and the whole book felt like a boring mess. I skimmed so much of it because it just wasn't interesting, or it was old information to me as a longtime fangirl.

AND THERE WEREN'T EVEN ANY REFERENCES TO THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY! What?? You copy the title and don't even talk about it at all??

There were some short interviews with well-known girl geeks, and that was neat to see their different perspectives on what being a fangirl means to them. For me that was the only good part of the book. And I had it as a galley, so the formatting on those pages was really messed up and it was hard to read! Sad.

In the end, I would give this book a pass, but make your own life choices!

I received a digital copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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