By: Melanie | September 4, 2013 | (25) Comments

Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae MillerThe Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 258
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

My Review

There are two main subgenres that peel off from contemporary; the sweet and fun or the dark and meaningful. In this case, The Summer I Became A Nerd is a copacetic mixture of the two, turning out to be a cute yet depth-contained novel. I thought that the story was slightly unrealistic and the main character lacked self-esteem but in the end, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Leah Rae Miller created quite a handful of character moulds. And, as the story went on through, some of them began to change and develop into more and more likable characters. Madelyne Summers has always been the stereotyped blond cheerleader who’s popular and her boyfriend is the star quarterback. Before you run away from the clichéness, this is only what Maddie is on the outside. Inside, she’s a nerd, lover of live role plays and comics. But she’s taken close care to make sure no one discover’s her hidden geekiness. When Logan, a guy from school, also owner of a comic-book shop discovers her identity, she is lost in a pile of omg-i’m-gonna-die-ness.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy character development, like the one present in here, however I am no fan of squeaky, dramatic girls that worry about showing their true selves. Therefore, it took quite some time for me to appreciate Maddie’s personality which happened to bug me for the first half of this book. Her self-consciousness is so sensitive, she hides from her best friend at bowling because she’s afraid of being seen with the insanely adorkable, Logan. Talk about drama queens. Other than that, her geekiness was one to relate to: a die-hard fangirl and crazy nerd. Her awkwardness is just another reason why I ended up loving Maddie; Leah Rae Miller worked a magic makeover with this girl.

The supporting characters are even better. Dan, Logan’s best friend is the joker throughout The Summer I Became A Nerd, he’s friendship with Logan surprisingly was very fun to observe. I don’t think I’ve read such a bromance like this one. However Maddie’s best friend, like Maddie herself, took time to find a bit agreeable. Terra is clichéd and awfully rude to Maddie at times, can get bitchy and another pain-in-the-ass cheerleader with not much depth. But scrap them all- Logan just makes The Summer I Became A Nerd 100 times adorkabler. He doesn’t care what others think of him but doesn’t come off as cocky. He’s the sweetest nerd ever. Utterly real.

The romance was a gradual aspect that grew across the entire duration of the novel- with a few bumps along the way. I don’t recall much depthless drama between the two, it just took time to adjust and mature. Per contra, what I didn’t like was that there wasn’t much complexity. Sure, a book about showing your real self to the world and romance was cute, but I wanted a little more. A little more of a subplot. I’ve never really been a fan of books that don’t have a major plot but I guess Logan does make up for it.

The Summer I Became A Nerd is a fun novel about growing self-esteem and young love that may never work out. While it didn’t surpass my expectations, it’s worth reading.

~Thank you Entangled Teen for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

  1. I don’t really like the whole hiding-drama, but I can see why someone would try to stay under the radar. Teenagers can be so cruel. I’m happy you enjoyed it despite the fact you didn’t completely loved it 🙂
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  2. Stephanie B says:

    Oh gosh, I absolutely loved this book! I’m glad you liked it!
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  3. Emily says:

    This one looks really quirky! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 It’s nice that this novel captured and developed the 2 genres from contemporary and pulled it off successfully!
    Wonderful insightful review Melanie 😀
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  4. Celine says:

    I love nerd books, so this one’s definitely on my list. I’m not sure if I like the hiding-who-you-are stuff, but the rest sounds good.

    Great review, hon!
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  5. I have this on my Kindle and love geeky books so must read it soon. Glad it’s worth reading!

    Great review, Melanie! 😀
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  6. Rachel says:

    I had issues with Maddie as well, but overall this was a fun read. I think I rated this 3 or 3.5 stars like you, too. Great review, Melanie! 🙂
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  7. I haven’t heard much about this one, but it really does sound fun and sweet. Plus, it’s always a bonus when the romance side of things is actually quite gradual. Love it! Great review, doll 🙂

  8. I thought this was pretty fun, too–a cute, fluffy read when you’re in the mood for something mindlessly entertaining. 🙂 Glad you liked it, Mel!

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  9. I had about the same opinion as you — I liked it but didn’t looooove it.
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  10. I also really enjoyed it! I agree that Maddie’s personality got to be kind of frustrating, but I loved Logan. Great review 🙂

  11. Megan says:

    Logan sound awesome. It would have been nice if there was a bit more plot, but it still sounds really fun.
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  12. Great review Melanie, adorkable is awesome hehe! I love the fact that she’s a popular cheerleader but she’s an inner geek, sounds really cute.
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  13. Lovely review! This book sounds really cute! I like nerd stories and enjoy seeing how they gain their self-esteem. I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 I might have to pick this one up in the future.
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  14. I so loved this one too!! I have to agree, the supporting characters were so awesome. 🙂 Great review – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
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  15. Laureen says:

    This sounds like it could either entertain me, or drive me nuts. Maybe because I have always been a geek (and never tried to hide it). I dunno. I’ll have to look for this one and give it a shot, though! Thanks for sharing your review.
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  16. Candace says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one. I like those contemporary books that aren’t total fluff but the serious stuff isn’t TOO serious or angsty. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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