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Omi M. Inouye is a student, a soldering technician, and an MMORPG gold farmer. One critic has stated that she is the worst person to write on this topic as she is 'the geekiest and least feminine girl' he had ever met. For incoherent rants or to contact Omi, please visit her website: --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: (March 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435713184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435713185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Clarinerd85 on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
My boyfriend bought this for me from ThinkGeek after many dropped hints. I honestly could have lived without reading it.

For one, Ms. Inouye claims that she is "geekier" than other girls, but for some reason this book is FULL of grammatical errors and typos. That drives me insane. I know not everyone can spell, but for goodness sake, everyone can proofread, or get someone else to do it for them!

Secondly, the bulk of this book is... kinda mean. Not funny mean. Just plain mean. She completely debases people she considers "nerds," only slightly exulting geeks above their low station in life. She talks about how if you date a geek, and go to a geek convention, you should find a hot "booth babe" and commence mocking all the geeks. And she is constantly referring to geeky guys as "ugly." Geez. There's no picture of her in her bio... I wonder what SHE looks like.

There are also a few chapters on how to "normalize" a geek. That seemed kind of pointless... this a guide to dating... why would you date someone with the expectation that this person will change?

In short, this book could have been WAY better. As someone who has been dating a geek for the last five years, I have often read how-to articles and so forth online that are similar to the idea of this book -- good-naturedly teasing geeky guys and giving women tips for living with them. Those are far more entertaining than a book that is basically one long insult.

Looking at ratings on Amazon, they are extremely polarized -- half and half 1 star and 5 star ratings. I guess you either love this book, or you hate it.

I am giving it two stars, because it's a great concept, just horrible execution.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tipsypaddy on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
My friend recently started dating a girl who bought this book to understand why he and I do the things we do. After several extremely strange comments concerning our behavior by her I decided to investigate the book. I wasn't offended, but it did make me a little sad to see a writer use their middle school preconceptions of social stereotypes passed off as research. The substance of this book, if taken seriously, can be extremely damaging to relationships and place a group of people who value intelligence over social norms on the level with a pet who needs to be properly trained.
The review in short boils down into three main points. People are not cut and paste into stereotypes as the author repeatedly tries to convince her audience. Treating a significant other like a pet that has to be trained before it can be taken in public is extremely unhealthy for both partners and this book encourages such behavior. There are books that offer more insightful, researched and healthy views on relationships out there and should be chosen over this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By balian on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This feels that it is written ages ago, this isn't a real book, its a novelty book and it is a very bad one too.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rolf on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Make sure you look inside this book before you buy it, and read a bit. It uses the term "geek" in a derogatory way, which in my opinion is weird, because the title suggests that it's for girls that want to date one. This book looks like it's written by a high school bully with remorse that now tries to alleviate the guilt by trying to date the people she used to make miserable. When that didn't work, she wrote a book. But as she simply can't look past the image she created in her mind, she just keeps on describing geeks through a very limited point of view.

This book states that it's a guide, but guides are usually written by experts on the subject, and a guide should dissipate your prejudice by explaining how something really works. Instead, this is the opposite; the author doesn't seem to have a clue on how geeks work, what they like, why they do what they do. She hasn't even tried to show interest in the things that interest the people she's trying to describe.

I think this writer could use an actual guide on how date a geek.. but then again, I don't think any geek would want to date her.

Maybe I'm taking this book to serious, and it's all meant in good fun. Well, I have no problem in making fun of myself and other geeks, but only with people that know that the stereotype isn't actually true, that have the intelligence to look past it all. To me it seems that the author actually believes all derogatory things she writes.

If you were a bully at school and you want your beliefs/prejudice reinforced, then by all means, buy this book. Everyone else: just leave it. Buy "I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook" instead, that book actually describes geeks in a positive, caring way.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on February 16, 2009
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I bought this book as a gift for my girlfriend with the prior knowledge that I would fit into several of the pigeon holes this book defined as geek. It was soon discovered, however, that this book is a hilariously comprehensive look at what it means to be a geek, and why that's a good thing.

Beginning with a Geek Test, this guide helps an inquisitive woman determine if she is dating a geek. Of the 27 questions ranging from hygiene, physical appearance, college degree, and number of video game consoles owned/plugged in, a little over half fit me perfectly. Make no mistake though, I'm not a nerd. Author Omi M. Inouye makes it very clear; geeks are cooler than nerds since nerds are "socially unacceptable in all circumstances."

The one major downfall to this book is that it assumes that a female can "train" a geek. It's the classic woman goal of a fixer-upper. Why women want to do this is anyone's guess, but for the most part they end up attempting to emasculate rather than groom. The author even recommends a few methods of sabotaging a geek's favorite clothing and/or his internet access. This is HIGHLY inadvisable. Although, there is a very accurate compilation of gifts and methods of apology for when a woman plays the word/mind games all women play. Ignoring the overall intellectually superior premise of this book, it's ignorant of the author to think she can actually train a geek with merely pie; unless, of course, she's talking about the tongue-in-cheek Cherry Pie about which Warrant sang in the early 90s. Then, she has a point, but it only goes so far.
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