Let’s start this review off on the right foot… I was a huge fan of Star Trek the Next Generation (a.k.a. STSG). I named my first cat Spot after Data’s ginger tabby. But I really tried to approach this review with an open and partial mind.
Just a Geek is a collection of Wil Wheaton’s blog posts with autobiographical annotation on life. I was ok with his memoire of starting off as an unhappy actor, becoming a big personality from his acting gigs, to someone more fulfilled and satisfied with life than ever before. I know from reading his blog that he went through some significant interpersonal search for finding happiness.
The thing about this book is I didn’t like how he judged and characterized those who weren’t in his circle. For example: he examines his life from the perspective of being an incredible actor who had hurdles to overcome. Not exactly a surprise to anyone. That’s show biz, right? I had a difficult time reading about how his wife supported him and their children while he watched the bills pile up. He discusses the death of his aunt, but it’s mostly about himself. Lastly, he brazenly puts down a Hooters waitress who didn’t recognize his “fame” by being deprecating about her body and outfit. So why would anyone go to Hooters? I’ve been there enough to know their wings aren’t anything special.
What satisfied me about this book was his personal reflection and introspection on finding happiness in his life. It’s obvious he’s been through a great deal in his life (haven’t we all?) and trusts this newfound satisfaction with the world is what it is.
If you’re a fan of Wil Wheaton (or just Stewie’s vocalization from Family Guy), pick this book up. You can find much of it on his website.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Title: Just a Geek
Author: Wil Wheaton
Release Date: June 29, 2004
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