Title: The Summer I Became a Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publication: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Maddie is a popular cheerleader that was shunned for being her true nerdy self in the sixth grade. Ever since, she masked out the comic book side of her so she can fit in. Her crush, Logan, works at the only comic book store and sees her try to buy the last issue of a popular series. Will Logan -- with the blue eyes and killer smile -- tell everyone her secret?
Gah I loved this book!! If you're into D&D, RPGs, Comics (not so much Manga... more like Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, ect.) this is for you! Let's start with Maddie: she's the best friend I've never had. I'd seriously geek out with her. It's sad to see stigma through out school systems, but I'm guessing Maddie isn't far off from many other girls in high school. *points to self*
I was a Manga lover but never liked to share that fact with anyone. I finally got friends that were into the same things I like in 12th grade and it was amazing! We'd watch Anime together, go to conventions (I dressed up as Chii from Chobits and another year Kitana from Mortal Combat).
Logan is cuuuuuute! I picture him to be Zac Efron with blue eyes. He's smart, fun, considerate, real, and a guy you want by your side. His best friend Dan made me laugh on more than on occasion. He reminded me of some of my other nerdy friends... fast comebacks and sarcastic humor. The characters felt real to me, and I found myself relating to them. That's what makes a book for me: relating and having emotional attachments to the characters.
The plot went at a good pace. I never felt bored; every page was addicting! It's less than 300 pages so it's not a huge Harry Potter book, but it has a filling story line that takes you away from life.