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May 6, 2015

Book Review: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

It's an undeniable truth: There's no better time than now to be a girl geek.

Sam Maggs (of The Mary Sue) created The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks to guide readers through all of the highs and lows of supporting your fandom with power and pride.

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy includes chapters on embracing your inner geek, recognizing the many varieties of "fangirl", finding online communities of people with common interests, enjoying (and surviving) conventions, and making fangirl feminism a part of your life. Each section gives a brief overview of the topic and then hits the high points with a bit more depth.

Because of the book's brevity and the basic common-sense points that it makes, I'm more inclined to label this as a "beginner's guide" than a "handbook." Think of it as the perfect gift to give your hard-to-buy-for 12-year old Whovian neice.

While The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy does a good job of empowering girls and encouraging them to be shameless about their chosen fandom, it does so using far more abbreviated proto-language than is palatable. (Like whatev the sitch, you should totes be okay with reading slang and shortspeak? Not here, thanks.) It gets really distracting after a couple of pages and in my opinion lessens the perceived authority of the author.

Would I recommend this book? For tweens--yes. For older teens or adults--no, because it's highly doubtful that anything in this handbook will be news to you.

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