Being geeky isn’t really geeky these days. But back in the 80s, being a geek was a death sentence for a kid’s social life. Nobody knew that better than me.
I was the stereotypical nerd: I was smart, wore glasses, was terrible at sports, and had my nose stuck in a book most of the time. I was different, and that meant I was made fun of. To cope with all the teasing, I would lose myself in other worlds, those with spaceships and lasers, or longswords and dragons. I devoured TV, movies, and comic books with a fervent passion. None of these obsessions made me any more popular.
Inside this book are my most vivid memories of being a weird, nerdy kid. Some of these stories detail the different crazes I threw myself into, ranging from comic book heroes and form-shifting robots to Dungeons & Dragons and pop music. Some of these tales are about trying hard to fit in and be “normal”. A healthy dollop of nostalgia flavors all these anecdotes of what it was like growing up geeky in the 80s.
A Brief History:
If you’re a fan of comic books and sci-fi stuff and were born after the year 2000, count yourself lucky. It wasn’t that long ago that liking comic books, and/or sci-fi stuff was almost a death sentence at school.
Anyone born before the golden era of comic book movies can tell you it was tough being a geek. I thought I was alone until I met Laneit in the 7th grade. But it turns out, it wasn’t just our generation that suffered through a geeky childhood.
I loved, loved, loved, I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool over. Have I mentioned how much I loved this book?
Written by Marc Allie, I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool over had me laughing until I cried, and on several occasions while I was reading the book , I thought to myself, “Holy cow, that happened to me!”
Everything in this book was a page turner for me. From going to the laundromat with his mom, and begging her for a buck to go buy something at the convenience store. To those lonely days at school when you had nobody to talk to about your favorite sci-fi tv show or favorite superhero. Marc Allie lived through it, and so did I. and so did many others I’m sure.
Some of the funniest moments in the book happened when Allie was young, like when he puked all over his favorite Batman t-shirt, or the time one of his parents told him to wear the Batman shirt with his Spider-Man underoos. Aren’t parents silly sometimes?
Regardless of your age, anybody who grew up a geek is going to enjoy Marc Allie’s hilarious book. It’s a quick and fun read, and one that’s sure to bring back your own memories. Go read this book!
You can get I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool over at Amazon.