Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: The Summer I became a Nerd

Title: The Summer I Became A Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
ISBN: 1620612399
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Book Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


As you guys know, I've been in a very exam-induced state lately, so I've barely gotten around to reading anything. But it felt very strange spending weeks without reading, so I had to remedy that. Which meant I needed a very light contemporary read for me to brush off some of my exams but not completely neglect them. This book was perfect for that!

Maddie has always been a nerd on the inside. But after a slightly uncomfortable incident when she was a child, she thought it better to keep that side of her hidden. She now leads a double life, the most popular cheerleader at school, and the most enthusiastic nerd at home. However, a slight delay in a comic she'd been dying to read leads her to take drastic measures, go undercover and get the comic herself from the nearest comic shop. All is perfect, until she realizes Logan - whose family owns the shop - knew her secret. She soon finds herself spending more time with him as she learns all about his nerdiness, and just how fun it could all be. But was it really worth it? Breaking up with her perfect boyfriend for a nerd? Would her best friend drop her if she knew about her secrets? Would anyone around her accept this hidden part of herself? And can she finally stop pretending to care about all the things that make her popular and just be happy the way she is?

I found this book to be a great summer read! It was light, fast paced, fun, and absolutely adorable. Maddie is this insecure girl that didn't want to be mocked throughout high school and needed to fit in because her last best friend had dropped her years ago having known about her nerdiness. Yet, she never gives her new amazing best friend a chance to acclimate or know about it and hides it all away pretending to like things she hates, and doing things she's not so fond of just to be a part of the crowd. I loved how with Logan she could just be herself. She could have fun doing nerdy things, meet other nerds and enjoy herself immensely. But when it comes to choosing who to show off in public, she's still hesitant. I really loved Logan though, he was this sweet, adorable guy. He is equally as insecure about himself, but only because he thinks he'd never be good enough for someone like Maddie to look at him twice. He has this really cool job at the radio station, and just enjoys being who he is, even if Maddie can't accept that.

This book gave me so many feelings you guys, I'm definitely working on getting myself a paperback copy of it soon. I'm probably going to be reading it repeatedly this summer.

Leah's writing is very great, and so were all of her characters in the book. I enjoyed their insecurities, their dreams, their struggles, and their different attitudes. I'd definitely recommend this book!

Rating: 4/5!


  1. Well, Aliaa, this looks like a good read
    I LOVE these cutesy and light summer reads
    Might add this to my TBR
    Your reader,

    1. It was such an amazing read, hope you enjoy it as well :)