Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Pages: 258 (Paperback)
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Entangled Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Leah Rae Miller has created such a cute novel that is a lot of fun but has the right about of seriousness to give the story a lot of meaning. I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading this, I was expecting something boring and unoriginal. And the story is pretty predictable but it’s so much fun with all of its nerdiness about comic books and dressing up as random creatures (which I so want to do now) that I didn’t mind it.
My main issue with The Summer I Became a Nerd was Maddie and how shallow and rude she can be. At many times, she allows her friends to get to her instead of being true to herself. She hurts people’s feelings like Logan, who is a complete sweetie just because she might lose her ‘best friend’.
Nonetheless, this is a really cute story. All of the nerdiness, especially LARD of Ages is pretty awesome and I loved that Miller explained this game in great detail by also putting Maddie into the game. The writing is nice also and I absolutely loved Dan. Even though he’s a secondary character, he is by far the best one with his sarcastic humour.
The Summer I Became a Nerd does have a few flaws especially when it comes to the characters but it’s still a lovely book. I recommend this to anyone who likes comic books and anything related to that and LARD.
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