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

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The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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.

Title: The Summer I Became a Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publication date: May 7, 2013

The Summer I Became a Nerd was my TBR List winner for May, but I was on hiatus soon after that and never got around to posting a review. It’s the last Saturday of the month (just not the correct month) so I thought I would post it today.

Maddie’s really into comic books, and no one outside her family knows. Her public persona is that of the popular cheerleader and girlfriend of the star quarterback. I don’t think I would like Maddie in real life and not just because she’s into comic books and I wish all the superhero movies and TV shows would go away. I think I finally know how all the people who hate reality TV feel. Anyway, Maddie. She spends half of the book being fake. She pretends to love things she doesn’t (singer Allison Blair, who I’m pretty sure is Taylor Swift in disguise) and not to care about things she loves (comic books, sci-fi) because she’s afraid of losing her popularity and friends, who, other than her best friend Terra, she doesn’t even really like anyway. She admits that her boyfriend is an accessory (she calls him a handbag, which is actually funny) but doesn’t feel bad about it because she knows he’s using her the same way. So why not look for someone she is into? Logan, the nerd boy, can’t be the only guy of interest in the entire school.

Logan, on the other hand, I do like. His family owns the local comic book shop and he’s set to take it over in a few years — if it survives. Business isn’t so good these days. He and Maddie meet when she enters the store (in disguise so no one she knows will see her!) to buy a comic after her online order is delayed. He has a crush on Maddie but knows she’s out of his league. He’s even more nerdy than Maddie’s secret self: into sci-fi conventions and LARPing. I first heard of LARPing when Anya from Degrassi was into it and yep, that’s pretty nerdy. But apparently it’s fun because both Anya and Maddie take to it immediately. It’s complicated, too, and I got a little confused on all the details here.

Maddie’s so concerned about hiding her true interests from others and about her reputation that she doesn’t treat Logan very well. Fortunately he has an awesome best friend named Dan who isn’t afraid to stand up to Maddie. As a couple, she and Logan grow on me. Obviously there are lessons for Maddie to learn, and she does. It is, however, kind of annoying that it takes a boy to make her learn that it’s okay to be who you are, even if who you are is a high school comic book nerd/cheerleader.

The Summer I Became a Nerd is predictable but overall I enjoyed it.

4 stars



  1. You dont like superheroes o_O. The movies are bland but shows are better. Heroes is coming back! Hehe. Anyway, too bad you didn’t like her. Though I think most popular kids do things to keep their status. Adults do too by going broke to “keep up with the Jones'”
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  2. Sounds like a fun read when your not needing anything to heavy. 🙂
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