The Geek's Guide to Dating - Eric Smith

December 18, 2013

The Geek's Guide To Dating Eric Smith book cover
The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Source/Format: Author (Thanks Eric!) || Hardcover
[I received this book for review from the author. This in no way affects the thoughts expressed in my review.]

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper. (from Goodreads)

The Geek's Guide to Dating is seriously adorable. That's the first word that pops into mind, even as the cover elicits a smile. It's such a cute book, filled with practical advice and geeky references. Even though I'm well past the dating-to-find-my-husband stage, I still think everything in this book was thoughtful, well-expressed and certainly useful.

The best part of this particular self-help book? It's written in a manner that's just completely consistent, in terms of tone and language. It sounds like advice being shared between friends, very conversational and very easy to get into from the start. Even though it's got a lot of lists and definitions and all that stuff, it's still pretty simple to understand.

Of course, this book is peppered with lots of off-hand, quirky references. I love the fact that I could understand most of them, even though I'm not technically a full-on geek. The moments and characters and quotes drawn from video games, television shows and even movies were really used in the best ways. I laughed a lot, even as my brain processed them well!

The advice in The Geek's Guide to Dating is gold, whether you're a geek or not. Complete with the cute 8-bit illustrations, clever section divisions and advice that anyone can use, I would definitely say that reading this book is an enjoyable experience. It would make a great Christmas present, particularly for the geeks in your life! (In my case, I'm sending the copy over to my husband -- I know he's going to love this.)


  1. I think I need this book. My husband is a total geek and I feel like I would totally relate to the things in this book, just looking back on our relationship you know? Maybe I could even get him to read it!! hahahaha who am I kidding? That would mean he would have to put the game controller down...

    1. You guys might have a fun time reading this book together! It's very much geared towards geeks of all kinds, so your husband might find the references fun :)

  2. Like you, I don't need this book anymore but I definitely think it sounds adorable!

    1. It really is adorable! I didn't get all of the references in it, but it didn't matter -- it was just practical, fun and enjoyable.

  3. This sounds so cute! At first glance, I thought it was a YA novel but now I see it's a nonfiction. Still, this would make such a cute geek gift!

    1. It would certainly make a great gift for any geek, whether hardcore or not! The references are amazing and the advice is totally relatable too.

  4. Keep looking for really like. It is out there with the right personal. I think the most amazing people are the ones who agree to to who they are... I believe the truth with Alexa.


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