The strength of Wil Wheaton's memoir is his willingness to bare his soul, flaws and everything. His heart-on-sleeve style is nearly too much for me, but I can't help but admire his courage to be this honest. No doubt much of his strength comes from his supportive spouse and kids. Any person seeking answers in life would be lucky to have the family he has.
Just a Geek chronicles Mr. Wheaton's personal journey from successful child actor (Stand By Me, Star Trek: TNG) to a man in his early 30's searching for his niche. He uses a writing format of reprinting his blog posts and then commenting on them which works rather well. He wrote an earlier book called Dancing Barefoot which probably has more to say about the period of time just after he left Star Trek. This book basically starts with his first blog and the creation of his website.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. I loved Stand By Me and I watched Wil on Star Trek TNG. I saw him in the Curse (which of course at the time I watched it I had no idea it was based on a Lovecraft novel OR even who Lovecraft was) and Toy Soldiers (I swear I am going to rewatch that now that I have read this book) all when I was in my teenage years (Just like Wil. We are almost the same age.) I can truly say I never really cared about Wil (certainly not as much as many of the girls my age who thought he was dreamy) until I saw him on I Love The 80's on VH1. He was hilarious and truly geeky in every way that I am geeky. I really connected with him from then til now. His roles on Big Bang Theory and on The Guild have only made me a bigger fan.
Great book. Must read for anybody who has ever been to a Con or wanted to go to one.
I was skeptical at first but it very quickly grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Wil writes in a very engaging way. It was fantastic to read about his relationship to Star Trek TNG, the cast, and the fans. It has made me a even bigger fan of his, and want to watch TNG all over again.
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