The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eBook, 267 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
In Review: My Thoughts
I really hate to use the word “cute” to describe a book. I do. But it is the best word to describe this one. Adorkable also works. I absolutely devoured this book and all its nerdy goodness. From comic books and comic books shops to LARPing and NerdCon, there was just so much awesome nerdy goodness in this book. How could I not love it?
Maddie, aka Wonderful Wendy, was such a darned likable character. I want to be friends with her. If she was real and closer to my age, I have to think we’d totally be friends. Maddie was so believably conflicted in the first part of this book. She fought hard to hide her geeky tendencies and to become popular. Now she’s a cheerleader. She dates the quarterback. Everyone knows her. But only a few people know the “real Maddie,” the closet comic book nerd who daydreams about the cute nerdy boy. I would venture a guess most people can relate to Maddie and her feelings. We all know it wasn’t really cool to be who you really were in high school. If you wanted to fit in, you had to be like everyone else. It could be downright exhausting at times.
Awesome Logan was totally swoon-worthy. Soccer player. Radio DJ. Comic book aficionado. LARP-player. What more could a girl ask for? He was sweet and vulnerable and I just wanted to hug him. The chemistry between him and Maddie was perfectly written for a YA book. It was clean and sweet and completely realistic.
I even connected with the secondary characters in this book. Logan’s mom, Martha, was one of my favorite characters in the book. She was just so awesome. I absolutely loved her interactions with Maddie. I’m a sucker for when a parent helps a boy/girl make the grand gesture that saves a relationship. Dan just made me laugh. He was the perfect sidekick for Logan. Even Terra, though I had my doubts about her initially, pleasantly surprised me by being a whole lot less superficial than I suspected.
This was just a totally feel-good read. I loved the writing. Everything from the characters to the plot to the dialogue just felt real. It was believable. It had funny moments and “aww” moments and was exactly the happy read I needed right now. It just made me smile and want to hug my iPad. And I just might have. 🙂
Purple: “Be true to yourself and others will be true to you, too.” Yeah right, what a crock.
Green: I’d be true to you no matter what.
“No fantasizing about kissing adorkable nerd boys for me, no matter how kissable they look.”
“Did you just blackmail the game master?”
“A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.”