AUTHOR: Leah Rae Miller
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 7th May 2013 by Entangled Teen
SOURCE: Review copy provided by publisher
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.
I’m going to start my review by talking about the cover. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a cover in a review before but I just LOVE this one. I don’t really know what it is about it that I love but I do. It might be the bright colours on it, it might be the quirky font, hell it might even be the killer legs on it (I WISH I had those legs!) I just really like it. It’s different, and that fits the story. because Madelyne is different.
Madelyne is a nerd. Only no-one knows that and no-one can EVER know that. Madelyne has worked too hard to hide her true nerd self, after a traumatic nerd shaming experience, to let it be exposed. But then there’s a disaster of epic proportions when the final issue of her favourite comic is delayed. Maddie has to go to the local comic book store to get her fix, and the fun starts from there!
I absolutely loved this story! I will hold my hands up and admit that lots of the comic book references and in-jokes, that I’ve read about since finishing, went over my head, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of this book. It was fun, cute, geeky, quirky and perfect, and I loved the overall message of the book
“Be true to yourself and others will be true to you, too”
Madelyne learned a valuable lesson as the story went on. She was faced with two choices – she could either continue to hide who she was or she could show her true self and possibly find happiness with someone who liked her for exactly who she was – a nerd.
I liked Maddie a lot. I liked how she was “normal”. What 17 year old girl isn’t obsessed with how people see her and what they think of her? I thought her going backwards and forwards with her feelings was normal too – did she really want to out herself and suffer what she thought would be the consequences?
I love, love, LOVED Logan! What a sweet guy! How many other guys would go help a girl out and pick her up when she calls out of the blue like that? One who hasn’t even been able to tell him who she really is by this point.
So, yeah, I can definitely say I would recommend The Summer I Became a Nerd. In fact, I already HAVE recommended it to a LOT of people! As sweet and cute as it was I didn’t expect to have a book hangover after finishing it, but I did. It took me another week to find a book I wanted to stick with after TSiBaN. That’s definitely the sign of a good book for me 🙂 Go read it!