Book review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

16100944The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Pages: 258 (Paperback)

good good

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.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

For quotes from this book, click here.

Favourite Book Quotes of the Week#46


A list of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read in the past week. Leave a comment/link telling me what your favourite quotes are! I’ll be sure to check your post out too!

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

16100944Favourite quotes:

1. Dan drags his eyes from me to glare at Logan. “Well, excuse the hell out of me for trying to help. I heard a crash and thought someone was hurt. You could’ve fallen. On a pair of scissors. Slit your jugular. How was I to know? Next time you’re in need of life-saving action, don’t come crying to me,” he says, then his voice mimics a whiny child. “‘Dan, help me, I’ve broken my spleen.’ because you know what I’m going to say? ‘Sorry about the spleen, dude, I have to stay in the back room for all of eternity.”‘

2. “It’s not just high school. People are going to judge you for all kinds of reasons for the rest of your life. Because you vote one way or the other, because you go to one school or the other, because you look a certain way. It’s a fact of life; you can’t make everyone happy. But you can make you happy.”