Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

The Geek's Guide to DatingThe Geek’s Guide to Dating
Eric Smith
Quirk Books, December 2013
ISBN 978-1-59474-643-7

While the advice in The Geek’s Guide to Dating is undoubtedly spot-on for all single, self-professed geeks, it, in no way, should be limited to that audience. “Geek” is proudly owned by excitable, quirky, intelligent and often goofy folks; with a “proper geek” being one consumed by a particular passion. Geeks are not exclusive. This thoughtful, hilarious, kind book is applicable to all members of society. It is a superb, subtle reminder of how to treat other people.

I’m particularly smitten with the idea that Mr. Smith’s first step is introspective. Figure yourself out, determine your goals, identify opportunities for improvement….essentially: get a grip on your own life before commingling.

Helpful hints pepper the pages. Useful quotes from Led Zeppelin to Yoda are more widely applicable than I could have imagined. References from The Simpsons to Pokémon ensure that there is absolutely something for everyone.

To accurately convey the spirit of the book and entice you to try it, I would remiss if I did not share a few of my favorite tips, tid-bits and reminders.

• Narrowing horizons in any aspect—self-limiting
• “Let your geek flag fly because someone will salute it.”
• Dressing on a date is less about establishing your geek cred; all about being presentable in public
• Avoid “more Rasputin than romantic” when grooming
• Moms’ favorites that stand the test of time

o Stand up straight
o Listen
o Eye contact

• Communicate clearly: state intent and have a plan
• Equating a date to a “real life Choose Your Own Adventure book”
• “Weather chitchat is where conversation goes to die.”

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tome and it has served as a spectacular gift on several occasions.

Reviewed by jv poore, February 2015.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

  1. Interesting. This is not a book someone of my age might be interested in (although – who knows), but it is certainly a subject those in the dating mode might find of great interest. I’m glad I’m married and, even if not, I’m way, way too old to hit the dating world. Those who are out there looking for a soul mate might want a little help. It wasn’t easy when I was younger, and it may be harder now. Sounds like a book that’s needed.


    • Well said!

      This little book has been a phenomenal go-to gift for me and I’ve donated it to a couple of high school classroom libraries. The male students seem to thoroughly enjoy it.


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