- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 9 and up
- Lexile Measure: 740 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620612380
- ISBN-13: 978-1620612385
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Summer I Became a Nerd Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Gr 7 Up–After being laughed off the stage when she dressed as her favorite comic-book character during a junior-high costume contest, Madelyne Summers vowed never to be uncool again. Now 17, she has worked tirelessly to develop her image as a typical blond cheerleader who dates the quarterback at her Louisiana high school and squeals when her favorite pop singer comes on the radio. However, underneath the popular facade Maddie is still a comic-book fanatic, but she will do anything to keep her nerd persona under wraps–even if it means she has to lie to her best friend, her parents, and herself. Enter Logan, the nerd who works at the local comic-book store, and Maddie's world is turned upside down. Will a summer romance with Logan spent reading comics and creating characters for live-action, role-playing games be enough to convince her that being herself is more important than popularity? Miller's debut novel is quick-paced and humorous. These qualities, along with a romance-driven plot, are enough to attract fans of the genre. However readers who aren't able to identify with the “nerd” side of Maddie and don't understand the comic-book references may be turned off. Still, Miller has created an engaging and entertaining story. Purchase where chick lit is a hit or with specific “closeted nerds” in mind.–Betsy Davidson, Cortland Free Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Natchitoches, Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller loves fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. The Summer I Became a Nerd is her first novel.
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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.
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.
I loved the fun, refreshing story line.
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.
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