June 28, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson
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*Published October 18, 2016*
I saw the cover, the words “love” and “geek girls” and needed to see what this book was about. I love that about working in a library, I find books that I would never have seen or picked up.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a non-fiction anthology mixing prose, comics, and illustrated stories on the lives and loves of an amazing cast of female creators. Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (The Heart Goes Last), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A-Force), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and over fifty more creators. It’s a compilation of tales told from both sides of the tables: from the fans who love video games, comics, and sci-fi to those that work behind the scenes: creators and industry insiders.
When you hear geeky girls and love, a lot of what pops into mind is the stereotypical fangirls, obsessed over characters and actors/actresses. What is true though is that love is a complicated and messy and it’s not for everyone. And the typical thoughts of love don’t always apply to people as well, but especially geek girls.
I enjoyed reading all of these stories of what love means to geeky girls, navigating love, life, and society. It’s a book of stories of hope and love and life and that love is out there for you, in any way you wish it. Love isn’t dependent on you rolling the right dice in life, it’s about letting life come at you and you learning from it.
I really liked this book, and it’s one that I probably could have used when I was younger and more naive about life in general and definitely naive about love. It gives me hope and it would have helped my younger self understand some things better about where life was taking me at that point. What does love mean to you? How do you see love in your life? Comment below and let me know!