Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Geek Girls Don't Cry Book Review

My eldest daughter has always considered herself what you might call a geek, so when I was asked if I'd like to review the book Geek Girls Don't Cry I knew it wouldn't actually be me reading the book first.

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Geek Girls Don't Cry . . . They get strong!

What does it mean to be strong?

Pop culture heroines are strong not just because they fight villains, but because they deal with the same issues we face in real life - addictions, fears, traumas and other struggles. And with the help of these characters, fans can find inspiration to overcome their own problems and be brave.

In this book, Andrea Towers outlines some of the primary traits heroic women can rely upon, like resilience, self-acceptance, and confidence. Also included are insights from psychologists and personal anecdotes from courageous real-life women involved in all facets of pop culture.

And now I'll leave you in the capable hands of my eldest daughter to tell you more about the book:

Geek Girls Don't Cry is a beautifully made book that uses strong female characters to show how girls can be strong themselves in their daily lives. Some characters everyone will know and others I have just learnt about and all of them have amazing messages to pass on. To put it simply, it's my kind of book.

The first thing I found I liked about this book is that it includes interviews with real women who helped to develop the characters we look up to. Each one gives details about their own favourite characters and why they think they are so relatable to girls. In my opinion, it gives a nice human touch and bring us back to reality in-between visiting the worlds of each character mentioned. 

My favourite interview was with Sumalee Montans, which was the final one in the book, it came across as very deep and personal so I think it meant the most to her.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the diversity of the characters included. While I wasn't surprised to see the likes of Hermione Granger, Black Widow and a few more obvious characters, my favourites ended up being Penelope Rolle from the comic Bitch Planet which up until now I had never heard of. And then there was Wonder Woman who's backstory I'd never fully understood before. Although the characters stood out for me, I think it will be different for each and every reader and everyone will take something new away after finishing the book.

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Finally, a shorter point compared to my other two, this book presents realistic ways that girls can use the stories of these famous figures in their own lives. It includes small sections on how to seek help, deal with grief healthily and even workouts to clear your head. It's a nice addition that is more than helpful to girls in similar situations their heroines.

To conclude, I would recommend this to any girl out there who wants to be strong in the world we currently live in and those who love a good story with strong female protagonists. I think even some boys might enjoy it.

This book in my opinion may be more useful to some people as it uses real characters we look up to in order to help ourselves rather than random scenarios.

Geek Girls Don't Cry was a joy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I hope others get the chance to enjoy it too.

I couldn't agree more with my daughter's review and this is definitely a book for the female generation now, both young and old!

In a world looking for equal rights for all and fair treatment, this book certainly gives the reader the strength and courage to take on any challenge available to them. 

A highly recommended read.

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