Monday, 22 July 2013

A Review for The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became a NerdPosted by Donna
Release Date: May 7th, 2013 
Finished Date: July 10th, 2013
Publishers: Entangled Teen
Source: For Review
Format: Kindle 
Pages: 267
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

The Review: "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."

The Summer I Became a Nerd is a cute and lovable read, one that kept me smiling all the way through because it was so enjoyable.  

Seventeen-year-old Maddie is a popular cheerleader who does everything to keep her reputation in place. She's the perfect girl, the perfect girl-friend and the perfect student. However, Maddie is hiding a secret - she secretly a nerd who loves comic books. When an encounter with Logan; another nerd happens, she's left wondering what will become of her now. Can she really be popular and a nerd at the same time? But can she always hide who she really is?

I wasn't expecting much from this story, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it. Maddie is a really fun character, one that I believe many readers will relate too. It's easy to see why Maddie hides who she is, I'm a firm believer that you should always be who you really are but, for a teenager, I can see why Maddie did her hardest to try and fit in - even if it didn't make her happy. She was scared of becoming an outcast and I guess that would scare anyone her age. 
Logan really stood out as a character - he knew who he was and didn't care what anyone else thought of him. He's in touch with his inner nerd and proud of it. I really loved how he brought Maddie out of her shell when it came to the games conventions and dressing up etc.. I have to say it was interesting to read about the game conventions - I'm a total stranger to this world, so it read about it was very entertaining. 

The story itself, even though it was tad predictable, was still a great read. It's full of fun moments and a love story that is very cute. The Summer I Became a Nerd is definitely a book that you should check out this summer. 

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