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The Summer I Became a Nerd by [Miller, Leah Rae]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1803 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We all remember high school don't we folks? *Cringe*

Some of us are still battling through it. Whether it's a current nightmare, or a nightmare we can say with relief is behind us, we can all agree that at one point or another we faced the daunting task of learning to be ourselves.

Madelyne Summers knows too well that being yourself in high school will have its repercussions. So for the longest time she has opted to suppress her nerdy leaning where the public is concerned and show the world a finely tuned veneer in the form of Maddie the perky, blonde cheerleader, dating the popular quarterback.

But hiding who she truly is becomes increasingly more difficult, especially when she meets comic book loving Logan. He lives freely in the world she is undeniably drawn to. Will she unleash her inner nerd and be herself? Or stay safely hidden by her pom-poms? Well you'll have to read it and find out!

I loved this book for four main reasons:


I married a dork, and adorable, dork and it wasn't until I married this adorkable man that I unleashed my inner nerd.

I related to Maddie in that until she met Logan, she didn't know how to be really be herself. He opened an awesome world up to her as my nerd did for me. It's always a joy to find a book you can personally relate to. Even if you currently don't have a nerdy leaning, after reading this book you will! (Start putting away a comic book fund now!)


I absolutely adored every single character. Maddie was such a sweet girl I wanted to be her friend! She was inspiring, brave and creative such a pleasure to read about. There wasn't a character I didn't like. Even the bullies! Every single person played an important role in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on the summer i became a nerd 18 August 2016
By hello-booklover - Published on
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This book had me smile the whole time I was reading. It’s light hearted, sweet and just downright entertaining.

Maddie is truly lost at the beginning of the book. We see why she hid her comic book love but as she gets older that becomes her downfall as well. she is now a cheerleader. One that is quiet and smart but harbors a crush on Logan even though she is with the quarterback. A quarterback who doesn’t really pay much attention to her.

Maddie’s fun crazy summer problems and summer begins when the comic she ordered is put on backorder and she needs to know who the series ends. This puts her incognito to the Phoenix where Logan is working. He lends his copy to her and the rest is a series of fumbles on both their parts as they bumble with their feelings. As Maddie tries to figure herself out and in the process messes up all her worlds until she finally realizes what she wants and doesn’t care what others think.

From her bumbling her phone calls to her boyfriend, her wonderful Wendy moments, the truth moments she has with her best friend, loving LARP and getting Logan’s mom to help her defeat the dark in the game, her figuring out what she wants to comic con we are treated to nothing but fun crazy moments.

Her times with Logan are sweet and fun. The first date was so cute and the LARP character creation was just to fun. As they grow close and fall apart and get together again after Maddie figures herself out we are just treated to fun entertaining moments. This is not a book with high drama just a sweet lost girl trying to find her way back to who she is- a nerd- and falling for a guy who likes her as well. A wonderful read that is light and entertaining.
5.0 out of 5 stars This review can also be found at: [...] 18 April 2016
By Moriah Chavis - Published on
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Nerd love is the best kind of love. I read this series out of sequence (I know, right? Who am I and what have I done with the real me?). Romancing the Nerd was full of nerd references, and I had a difficult time not fangirling a few times. If you’re a nerd at any degree, there will be something in these books for you. Whether it’s the Firefly and Doctor Who references, or the Star Wars and Star Trek rivalry, these characters touched a special place in my heart—especially Maddie. When I read the second book in the series first (obviously you don’t have to read them succinctly), I loved her attitude and the way she looked at life. Even as a background character, she had a presence. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her story with Logan and practically clicked buy now and finally spent that Christmas gift card before I knew what had happened.

Maddie was a cheerleader. She had carefully crafted her life since a disastrous middle school experience and made sure that people saw what she wanted them to see. The Maddie that had notebooks filled with her reactions to books, surreptitiously watched the mailbox for the comic book she had preordered, and watched sci-fi reruns with her dad, disappeared when she stepped out of her house. I liked watching her find her find her way. She already knew who she was, but she had to learn how to be comfortable with that person. I think her character speaks to me—and others—because she shows a part of herself that she didn’t realize was there: the one that only saw her side of things. Her journey of self-discovery was just as good as watching her relationship with Logan find its footing.

I fall in love with book boys all the time, usually a few times a week. Logan is boyfriend goals. Their love story was slightly different than I had expected. For instance, they had noticed each other a lot sooner than either of them would admit to the other. I liked that they seemed to fit—insta-love wasn’t even an option, though, and their relationship had a great pace. Logan coerced the side of Maddie that she had kept hidden to make an appearance, and her transformation was all the better with him at her side. Plus, he had the perfect level of nerd and the cute, awkward thing going on (you may not swoon, but he held my heart).

Nerd love should make more of an appearance in books. I’ve never witnessed or been to anything involving LARPing, but I’ve never wanted to more in my life. The world of Comic Cons and fandoms opened up and invites readers in to join on the wonderful life of rereading books because you can, watching reruns of shows that should not have been canceled, and dressing up as your favorite character just because it’s fun. Miller looked at popularity—the good, the bad, and the friends that will stick by you no matter what. Amongst all of the geeky goodness is a story about being yourself and finding the people in life who accept that person.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent. It Didn't Do Much For My Inner Nerd. 15 February 2015
By M. Natz - Published on
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I really thought this was going to be better than it was. I loved the whole hidden identity. I loved her nerdiness and I really liked how she and Logan meet and hang out in the comic store (which he will be inheriting). I am even a nerd enough myself that I love the whole cosplay angle.

What got a little too deep in the kool-aid for me, was LARP (I dunno if this is a real thing)... and the role-playing. It made a weird date night and it made a really cheesy ending. I mean seriously, dressing in cosplay and battling your boyfriends jealous ex-girlfriend... okay... I just made it sound a lot more awesome than it was. Lol. That makes its sound like they drew blades and had it out... so not what happened... by a long shot.

With that said, I did really like the two characters. It was a cute story in its own way. I think we all struggle for identity at some point in our lives. If you like role-playing cosplay conventions, you may find that bit more entertaining than I did. I wish there could have been more up play with the comics and hanging out in the comic store... maybe even more of Logan's home life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Smiled So Much From a Book! 17 April 2014
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"That was incredible! No, it was amazing! Incredizing? Amazible? Whatever. It was awesome"

Have you ever had that one really embarrassing moment in school that you wish everyone would just forget? Kids can be so mean sometimes!

After being ridiculed in a costume contest in the sixth grade (by the person she considered her best friend, no less), Maddie swore off ever revealing her true self again lest she commits social suicide. She put all her efforts into becoming the typical cheerleader girl who dates the quarterback and listens to pop music. She's truly a nerd in disguise and when someone catches on to her secret identity, she's left to decide if letting her skeletons out of the closet is worth risking the image she's built for herself for so many years.

This was such a light and fun read! I read a lot of books that are dark, full of angst, drama and characters who are deeply flawed. The Summer I Became a Nerd is such a perfect break from all that dark and heavy reading. I've never smiled so much from a book before! I literally had a smile plastered on my face from beginning to end that my cheeks cramped up! It reminded me so much of what it was like to be 17 again. I was never into comics and I didn't fangirl over anything, but I was a nerd. The type of nerd that other kids would try to sit next to during tests, or steal your work and claim it as theirs (seriously, I had that happen to me in grade school). It's a book that I would love for my daughter to read when she gets older. It's just too cute and sweet and funny and has a few life's lessons.

"It's not just high school. People are going to judge you for all kinds of reasons for the rest of your life. Because you vote one way or the other, because you go to one school or the other, because you look a certain way. It's a fact of life: you can't make everyone happy. But you can make you happy."

Oh, and I can't forget about the supporting characters. The parents on both sides where just incredible and so supportive! I love it! Logan's siblings are funny and too cute for words, and Maddie's big brother reminds me of my own. Maddie's best friend, Terra, is the kind of friend I like to have by my side. And Logan's best friend, Dan, is hilarious! There's already a lot of humor in the book, but Dan just takes it a-whole-nother level. His quips and remarks had me laughing out loud.

This is highly recommended for adults and young adults alike. An excellent light summer read! No angst, no drama, just pure unadulterated fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! 8 May 2013
By Bookish Things - Published on
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If you're looking for a great summer read, this is it! Grab it, and enjoy!

The title pulled me in. You know, since i have nerdy tendencies. The hubby makes fun of me for it, but he loves me because of my nerdiness! :P Anyways, we get to see Maddie as a child, and learn why she tries to so hard to be the popular girl. The Summer I Became a Nerd is about Maddie learning to be comfortable with herself. She's constantly trying to make sure everyone else is happy with her, but not if she's happy with herself.

While I adored Maddie, there were times I wanted to wring her neck. She acts like the world will end if people know she loves comic books. But she doesn't understand, that really nobody cares that much. And if they do, they are jerks. I wished she could always be herself instead of hiding who she was from the people she's supposed to be closest to. Maddie finds herself sucked into a fun summer with Logan. He makes her happy, and feel comfortable. The only problem is Maddie's told so many lies she doesn't know what to do. She can't keep being fake because she's bound to explode.

This is such an endearing book. I didn't want to put it down. It's light, and you learn a lesson at the end. Well, we know the lesson, but Maddie finds it a little harder to comprehend. It's a fun read, and I can't recommend it enough. Leah's writing style is great. She keeps things simple, but definitely knows her "adorkable" nerd talk. :D Some of my friends will be getting this as gifts. ;) Perfect for a summer spent by the pool, or at The Phoenix!