- 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: 163 customer reviews
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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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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.
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!
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!
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