Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became a Nerd - Leah Rae MillerPublisher: Entangled Teen (May 7th 2013)
Paperback: 258 pages
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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.


“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’.”

– Dan (the Man, is it corny that I think he’s the man? Because he basically owns this book.)

After a dramatic incident at school, young Maddie has decided to hide her geekiness, and become a closet comic geek. All is going well for Maddie, reading all her comics online, that is until the last issue of her favourite series is only available in print. The only copy is available at the local comic store. And who should we meet at the local comic store but all-around adorkable guy, Logan and he introduces Maddie to a whole different world from her popular high-school life.

For a while Maddie tries to keep both her worlds separate,  but after a while it becomes too much. I ended up liking Maddie. It’s pretty easy to find her annoying at first. I wonder for a while why can’t she just man up and do what she likes and who cares what people think. But than I remember high school life isn’t that easy. And the thing is, in the end, she does realize she’s being self-absorbed, gets her crap together  and does something (good) about it. Yay! Logan is also very likable. It’s hard to resist a sweetheart of a guy who’s thoughtful, a little awkward, and just plain adorable. He does get a little wishy-washy but that’s why he has a friend like Dan. Oh Dan, thank god for you. He is the voice of reason, the friend that keeps both Logan and Maddie from being totally idiots. I’d read a book about him, just saying.

Pretty darn cute this book, even with the super stereotypes. You just can’t beat incredizing and amazible fluff of cuteness.

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noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller”

  1. Someone told me that I’d like this book if I’m a fan of Anna and the French Kiss and books like that one. True?

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

    1. Hmm, it’s been a while since I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss but they’re both pretty cute int the sense of puppy love kinda haha. If you usually like sweet, fluffy reads, this one’s good 😉

  2. This book sounds like a light and fluffy read. I’ve heard good things about it and might check it out. I hope I end up loving Dan’s character like you did (:


    1. That it is! I hope you enjoy Dan’s character too, he was riot haha.

  3. I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile but something else always comes along to distract me. Great review!

    1. Haha, that happens with a lot of my TBR books.Hope you get to read it soon 😉 Thanks Jenna!

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