Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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.
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!~
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