Review: The Summer I Became A Nerd By Leah Rae Miller


Previously Reviewed HERE



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.


This is a must read for teens everywhere. It’s a must read for all ages; because lets face it, you’re never too young or old to learn about yourself and be happy. Leah Rae Miller is a genius.

The Summer I Became a Nerd is about Maddie, popular cheerleader / closet comic book nerd. Afraid that exposing her love for comics will cast her to social Siberia, she hides away that part of herself. Her hidden identity begins to unravel when she’s forced to go buy the newest comic in a series that she loves, at her local comic store. Hidden behind shades and a hoodie, she is still noticed by the guy running the register. A guy whom she knows and has had a major nerd crush on for a while.

Logan. Awesome Logan. Adorkable Logan. Maddie’s life will never be the same again. Her Summer is filled with lies, mostly to her parents. A distance between her and her best friend Terra. Believable characters, from the foul mouthed Dan to the snobby Rayann.

This book is funny and inspiring. A book that needs to be read in schools, to let students know that it’s okay to be yourself. So what if you like comics? So what if you’re a booknerd? So what if you like certain music or watch classic movies? There is nothing wrong with you and that is totally okay. Definitely picking up a copy for my cousin!

Favorite Quote: “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.”


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