Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publisher: Entangled Teen (2013)
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.
ummer 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 don’t remember having this much fun reading a contemporary since... well, since a very long time actually. The Summer I Became a Nerd got me into laugh mode to-the-point-my-tummy-would-hurt right from the first few pages, and that was a sensation that accompanied my until the very end. Several are the reasons why this is such an awesome, amazing book. The writing style is simple and utterly funny, the main character is one of the most adorable of young teens I’ve ever read, and the plot itself is quite interesting for all the little twists and turns that bump in to Maddie’s way of becoming her true self. When you hide behind a popular curtain, it can never be easy to go back to what you were, right?
I, personally, am not a big fan of comic books, but somehow the author caught my full attention, even when she was using comic stories I know nothing about as references and analogies to her own story. In fact, those we some of my favourite moments mainly due to a certain hilarious and easy vibe strongly present throughout the book. The truth is that this ends up being a really funny and relaxed read, especially ‘cause of the way it matches perfectly all these nerdy topics with a more social concern, seeing that Maddie is a geek of heart but does not want to be, again, a social pariah. She’s this smart, incredibly popular, beautiful girl who does her best to keep the cooler side of her personality a secret instead of simply embracing it, with fear of being rejected by her peers, but her love for everything comic related and her curiosity towards this little candy-shop-like called The Phoenix are going to be her demise, and that’s when the true fun begins! Plus, Logan is so adorkable! He actually is the kind of guy I would admire in High School ‘cause he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of him or of what he likes, but at the same time, he has this vulnerability that makes him even cuter to the eye and to the heart. And he’s really talented too, which also helps. And, together, they both make the sweetest couple ever, so of course I would be rooting for them all the way!
Ultimately, The Summer I Became a Nerd is a very cool, summery like, type of book. Perfect for all ages and all kinds of readers, this is the ideal story for a beach day or to enjoy in somewhere sunny. Full of awesomeness, with extremely nerdy activities and characters that will stick with you, us, for a long time, this book is also a must-read due to the highly recommended messages that brings up to the surface. Don’t try to be someone you’re not, and don’t hide yourself because of what High School kids can or will do to you. Confront them and embrace your true self… being you a nerdy kid, a popular jock or cheerleader, or the one who no one ever remembers. It doesn’t matter now and sure won’t matter later, ‘cause High School is so not the worst thing you’ll face in your life. So heads-up!