Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise
Wil Wheaton has never been one to take the conventional path to success. Despite early stardom through his childhood role in the motion picture "Stand By Me", and growing up on television as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Wil left Hollywood in pursuit of happiness, purpose, and a viable means of paying the bills. In the oddest of places, Topeka, Kansa
In case I've never mentioned it, since opening CCLaP I've had a growing amount of friends here in Chicago start to loan me older books on a regular basis, simply because they're interested in seeing what I have to say about them; that's how I ended up with Just A Geek, for example, the 2004 personal...more
Fast forward to 2013. Wil Wheaton has b...more
Textually, I rather wish Wheaton had gone into more detail regarding his family. I liked reading about his wife and children – his wife in particular sounds like an awesome person – but there’s little background information given on their relationships. I would have liked to have learned about their co...more
For those that don't know Wheaton, he was the youngest cast membe...more
i admit it, i have a girl crush on wil wheaton.
i read dancing barefoot a few months ago and really enjoyed it. i enjoyed this book too.
i think wil’s a pretty good writer, and i enjoy most of the stories that he tells. he writes on his own blog of course, but also on tvsquad, suicide girls, and a myriad of other online sites. i think it’s pretty cool that he’s been able to (successfully) move from actor to writer. he’s not an actor/writer or a writer/actor. i think he’s both. it s...more
If you are expecting a soft book, told about how amazing Wil's life was and is, look elsewhere. He tells the truth about how hard he worked to find work he enjoyed, deciding what to do with his life, and the general angst of being "an adult" and yet not reaching those adult goals...more
Anyhow, the 1st half of the book was good --- it was basically like Paul Shirley's "Can I Keep My Jersey." You've heard the stories of people going to Hollywood to "make it" and end up waiting tables for a decade. You've heard about people being crazy famous. How about being kinda famous as a kid, then to be cha...more
I really like his writing style, and you get to see it evolve rapidly in the excerpts provide...more
Wil Wheaton has taken the opposite approach. His story of coming to terms with his faltering acting career, his "Star Trek" connections and activities, and what he wants to do with his life when he grows up (even at 30) is hardly polished, but it's not all that self-aggrandizing, either. A mixture of blog posts and bac...more
Much of the content of Just a Geek comes from Wheaton's blog. But what I love about this book...more
You see, Wil is actually a pretty good writer. He is funny, passionate and open enough to keep the reader interested, even if his life doesn't lend itself to terrible excitement. He writes mostly about his struggles as an actor, films he sees, books he reads, music he listens to, geek stuff l...more
The honesty is probably the most commendable and difficult thing about this book. It rather makes you realise how sugarcoated and wrapped up most accounts of things are, and I kept having a sort of "Are you sure you should be saying this?" feeling throughout, which is both the best and worst of it!
I'm not a Star Trek fan (but have kind of often meant to be...I saw a lot of the early stuff, but never much TNG), but I do well remember Wil Wheaton's presence on the early internets. Just from a tec...more
I liked that he was open and honest about his feelings and difficulties, but sometimes it came across whiny. I also liked hearing about some of his experiences re STNG.
Maybe this sounds harsh, but sometimes when he was going on about how hard it was not being recognized fully as part of the...more
Some years later, I started spending too much time on the internet, and I began to come across the name Wil Wheaton occasionally. He seemed like a cool guy and he wrote some interesting stuff. Imagine my surprise when I realized that he was th...more
That said, I really liked him. He swears more than I'm comfortable with, is honest about his ambitions more than I'm comfortable wit...more
In itself, the story of a a...more
It’s exactly that question — one that Wheaton himself has fought to overcome for much of his life — that informs much of this, his second memoir. Struggling to come to terms with his lack of success after leaving Star Trek, Wheaton examines his inner demons with disarming honesty...more
Just A Geek was a surprisingly interesting and personal memoir of a former child star and current geek. Normally, like other reviewers, I find autobiographies and memoirs to be self indulgent, but this was different. Wil Wheaton can actually write, and I cared about him as a reader. More than once, I was genuinely angry for him. That being said, I think he reprinted a little too much of his blog, and some of it ended up being repeated a few times in the non-blog portion. He stated in the beginni...more
Oh, that was only me? Well, then...
"Just A Geek" is the opportunity to revel in the irreverent humor of Wil Wheaton. Covering his experiences as a super-succe...more
He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite...more