Fitting in is important when you are a kid. But when you are a geeky kid, teased and bullied for being different, fitting in is nearly impossible. I grew up nerdy in the 1980s, obsessing over video games, toys, movies, and comic books. Wearing glasses, reading science fiction, and being hopeless at sports were just a few of the things that marked me as a weirdo. This book details some of the struggles I went through as I grew up, before I figured out that fitting in with the crowd wasn’t nearly as important as being true to myself.
A Brief History:
A few weeks ago I read Marc Allie’s first book, I Was Geeky When Geeky Wasn’t Cool, and absolutely loved it. So of course I picked up his follow-up, Don’t Stop the Geekin’.
I didn’t think anything could top Marc Allie’s first book because it was so damn funny and full of heart. I figured he had told all he could about growing up a fellow geek, but I’m happy to say I was wrong.
Marc Allie had plenty more tales to tell in Don’t Stop the Geekin’, and they were even funnier this time around. This book also has some great family adventures, like going to the World’s Fair, discovering Cracker Barrel, and an infamous birthday present.
But one of my favorite stories Allie writes about is when he discovered the wonderful world of collecting comic books, and that feeling you get when you walk into your first comic book store.
I wish I’d known Mar Allie back then because we share a lot of likes. so we would have gotten along. And I also know what it felt like to be the odd one out at school. I think that’s one of the main reasons I enjoy these books because I can relate with Marc.
For anyone who grew up loving Saturday morning cartoons, sci-fi movies, comics, and Ms. Pac-Man, this book is for you. And I bet you too will relate to at least one of Marc Allie’s stories.
Now, how to convince Marc to write a third book?
You can get Marc Allie’s Don’t Stop the Geekin’ over at Amazon.