Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

Fangirl

  • Author: Sam Maggs
  • ISBN: 9781594747892
  • Genre: Non-Fiction

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sam Maggs mentions in The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy that her book is the only one written for geek girls and fangirls; however, that’s not true.  In 2011, Leslie Simon wrote a book called Geek Girls Unite.  That being said, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is much more up to date, includes even more geeky awesomeness, and is all around better suited as a guide to entering the geek world no matter what amount of knowledge you might have about it.  I’ve been a geek my whole life, and I bookmarked multiple pages concerning things I had no idea existed.

Since the copy I received was an uncorrected ARC and I don’t have a published copy to compare it to, I won’t go into details as to what is or isn’t in the book.  However, I will say that the one problem I had with it is that it assumes the reader can afford their fandom(s).  As someone who often can’t afford to buy a graphic novel or materials to make a decent cosplay outfit, I would have appreciated the inclusion of something like what Omar and Mia do in their 2 Broke Geeks videos.

Overall, this is a great book for any geek girl, no matter what your fandom is or how knowledgeable you are about what the geek world has to offer.  If you’re a broke geek, check to see if the book is at your local library and then take lots of notes.  After you’re done, head over to the 2 Broke Geeks Youtube channel to find out how you can celebrate your geekiness without having to live off of 3 for $1 microwave burritos from the grocery store.