Throughout my teen years, the â€œpopularâ€ and â€œcoolâ€ kids called me various names. These included: nerd, dork, dweeb, lame ass, weirdo, doofus, and freak. But the one name I didnâ€™t mind being called was â€œgeek,â€ because it sounded less harmless than the others.
Today I still consider myself a geek and Iâ€™m proud to be one. So to all those â€œpopularâ€ and â€œcoolâ€ kids, all I want the say is: Look at me now, beeyatch!
Iâ€™m the editor of a
kind-of-popular not-so-popular quasi-review blog. What do you got?
Great kids, a loving wife, a low mortgage, a steady paycheck, and regular nights of sex?
Tell me, whoâ€™s the lame ass doofus now?
Sometimes itâ€™s hard being a geek, so I was excited when Amazon.com recommend Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton. In case you donâ€™t know or donâ€™t remember, Wil was Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation and also starred in the movie Stand By Me.
I instantly bought the book hoping that it would be about becoming a better geek and how to cope with being a geek. I was also hoping there would be a section of â€œYou might be a geekâ€¦â€ jokes, like these:
You might be a geek, if your wedding was performed by an ordained Vulcan or Klingon.
You might be a geek, if you find pleasure in bringing down a website by Slashdotting it.
Unfortunately, I didnâ€™t read the product description before buying, so I was surprised when it didnâ€™t contain any of the above.
Despite not having chapters devoted to such things as the snacks you should have for a successful Dungeons & Dragons gathering, Just A Geek was a great read. Wil gives you a look into his personal life and his difficult journey to find himself.
This book was so entertaining that it was the first book in a long time I did not want to put down.
The last book I did not want to put down?
Green Eggs and Ham.
Although I did not want to put that book down because I was trying to beat the class record for spinning a book on a finger.
From reading Just A Geek, you find out that despite being a great actor and a wonderful writer, Wil is just a normal guy with basically the same problems we have all faced at one time or another, except we probably donâ€™t have the shame of being on the cover of Teen Beat magazine.
Just A Geek is a funny, smart, and honest book that I would highly recommend.
Although I REALLY wish there were â€œYou might be a geekâ€¦â€ jokes.
Item: Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton
Purchase Price: $14.95 (Amazon.com)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Pros: A fun and quick read. Wheaton is a talented, funny, and creative writer.
Cons: Not a guide to becoming a better geek. No â€œYou might be a geekâ€¦â€ jokes.