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Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World Paperback – October 4, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062002732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062002730
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Geek Girls Unite is the ultimate guide for any girl who identifies with the geekier side of life. It’s a hilarious must-read look into the modern geek and what makes her so cool!” (comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates)

“While geekdom has long been portrayed in pop culture as a boys’ club, Simon catalogues the wide variety of geek girls in this entertaining look at embracing nonconformity...a worthy endeavor.” (Publishers Weekly)

Tina Fey worshipper Leslie Simon crowdsources media obsessions from a ‘guild’ of like-minded women to assemble this peppy survey of comedy, literary, film and music icons, all the while evangelizing on behalf of misfit females. (

From the Back Cover

What do Amy Poehler, Bjork, Felicia Day, Martha Stewart, Miranda July, and Zooey Deschanel have in common? They’re just a few of the amazing women proving that “geek” is no longer a four-letter word.

In recent years, male geeks have taken the world by storm. But what about their female counterparts? After all, fangirls are just like fanboys—they put on their Imperial Stormtrooper Lycra pants one leg at a time.

Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. This smart and hilarious tour through girl geekdom is a must-have for any woman who has ever wondered where her sassy rebel sisters have been hiding.

More About the Author

Leslie Simon lives in Los Angeles, isn't a fan of hot weather, and loves her parents, "Gilmore Girls" and French bulldog puppies. She's the author of "Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over The World," "Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide To Your Favorite Music Scenes" and co-author of "Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture." She is currently the Senior Creative Director at Warner Bros. Records.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By martin_r on October 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had such high hopes for this book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. I am very geeky and I felt like this book was an introduction for someone whose aspirations were to be a geek. I was hoping for a book that helped me validate all of my weird interests. Instead I got a book that read like a Seventeen magazine article on how to be a geeky poser. The most ridiculous part of this book was in each section that talked about a different 'type' of geek there was a list of things to look for in a boy with those similar interests. I'm not interested in snaring a geeky boy, thank you very much. This was a ridiculous book that made me angry with every word.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Child on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like many reviewers, I had high hopes for this book. There's not nearly enough geek girl materials out there, and the author needs to be commended for coming forward and having a go. Unfortunately I think she misses what geek culture really is.

One of the previous reviewers said it best in "When I think of geeky, my brain automatically zooms to science fiction, fantasy, technology, science... stuff like that. But Simon defines a geek as "a person who is wildly passionate about an activity, interest or scientific field".

To me, that's where the book goes wrong. The science fiction, fantasy, science and technology are a significant part of geekdom. Geek isn't just a passion, it's an understanding and imagination. Whatever gets your inner geek going, you are driven to understand it, and that understanding drives your imagination. A music geek, for instance, doesn't just love music. She understands it, and uses that understanding to infer and imagine something more. That could result in the state of the art being moved on.

Geek is creativity, or a true appreciation of that creativity, taken to the maximum possible level. It pushes the boundaries of understanding and imagination the same way an athlete pushes physical and physiological boundaries. It's not about simply consuming.

Alas, Leslie seems to have looked at the results of geekdom, and got very passionate about them, without really peeking at what's behind it. What's left is an appreciation of the love of cutting edge comics, fiction, film, music, and all the wonderful things in geek culture, without really looking at the geeks who create and sustain geek culture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lil on January 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ever feel like you are all alone in this world and nobody gets you? grow up as a fan of video games, a bookworm or just a little "strange" for society? Well Leslie Simon is here to celebrate our unique geekiness with Geek Girls Unite, this book is a celebration for all the female geeks out there.
Leslie takes us on a journey where we explore the geek queendom (because we are not interested in the type of male nerd out there, at least not in this book), the types of geekets that are out there changing and rocking this heart. Leslie has this fun way of cataloging the different types of she-geeks which include the general description, a little bit of history of those great females that made way for us, some representatives, who you might be reading/listening/or trying to imitate and she also has this adorable little section where she plays with the idea of the perfect match for every type of geeket.

This book is fun, quirky and adorable. I love the fact that Leslie didn't go with what she knew but she also openned her book up for other geeks with the magic of the Internet and so this book has the voice of real she geeks out there.
It's a different read, with all the quotes from famous, real and normal men and women embracing who they are. Also the side notes come in handy with words you may not know off and the side notes that are really fun to read.
The only "bad" thing about this book, is that there is this point where Leslie Simon is talking about her own experience about growing up as a geek and how she was treated, and it left me wanting to know just a little bit more. But as you can read it's not really bad it's just me being a baby for not getting things my way.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moe on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I feel strangely like I just read a book about being a geek by a chick who has geek friends, but isn't one herself. To me it's like the cheerleader telling us it's okay to be the "freaks" we are...I just didn't dig it.

Leslie Simon starts out by talking about geekhood and all the reasons it's great to be one. Catergorizing geeks by what they are interested in, she then discusses famous celebrities and people who also have those same interests. This book was FULL of popculture...and since when does popculture equal geekiness? Pop is short for popular, and being a geek doesn't necessarily mean you're into the culture of the day at all. Celebrities aren't geeks, and I don't need to be surrounded by a cloud of celebrities to feel okay as a geek.

In every geekbox there were references to sex, men, and how to find our geekmate, like I was reading a freaking women's magazine. You know, the ones with the stupid personality tests and the advice? Typical chick reading lit, but not for a geek like me who doesn't give a crap about what some Hollywood bimbo does in her free time.

Overall, this was not a well-written book. It had it's funny points, and it had some geekboxes that I could relate to. But I was disappointed and wished there was more meat and more of a powerful voice to embrace who we are, even if there aren't any celebrities to compare ourselves to.
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