Title: The Summer I Became A Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
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.
Rating: Four and a half stars
Review: Where has this book been all my freaking life?! I need more books like this, with proper geeky nerds and comic books and LARPing, because that is my jam.
Maddie is a cheerleader, yes, but she’s way more geeky than she would let on to her mates and boyfriend. That side of her is kept firmly under wraps, until Maddie gets notice that the new issue of her favourite comic book series won’t be posted out for another few weeks. Desperate for that comic book, she ventures out to the town comic book shop, and that’s where everything kicks off. There’s a boy, his sarcastic best friend, and a few bitchy girls, but when you’ve got superheroes on your side, there’s nothing you can’t handle.
This book was recommended to me by Goodreads, and the synopsis intrigued me, so I got a copy of it and devoured it within one night. It was cute, and fluffy, and I just adored it from start to end.
Without a doubt, Logan was my favourite character, because he’s so unashamed of his geekiness, but I did like Maddie as well. I could relate to her need to fit in with the other girls she hangs out with, and to hide her geeky interests. Her insistence on hiding it though was a little annoying, especially on her date.
I loved the different aspects of geekiness that was portrayed in the book – comic books, LARPing, radio show hosting, etcetera. It definitely portrayed geeks and nerds in their true light, rather than showing them as socially-awkward freaks for people to laugh at. That is something that I adored about this book.
Basically it was a fluffy read that was the book equivalent of a filler episode in a tv show. A spot of cuteness in between the big, bad, serious stuff. If you like YA contemporary, or adorkable nerds, then give this book a gander, and see what you think.