27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Teen Books

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller , 267 pages, read by Angie, on 05/27/2013

Maddie is your typical high school cheerleader; she is dating a football player, she is very much on trend, she loves the most popular music and her group of friends are all into the same things. But Maddie has a secret…she is really a big geek in disguise. She loves scifi and comics; she even keeps a comic journal. When the last issue of her favorite comic doesn’t come in the mail like it is supposed to Maddie has to venture outside her popular realm into the realm of the nerd. That’s right…she has to go to the local comic book shop to actually buy the book in person. Of course she goes in disguise and of course the guy working the counter is someone who goes to her school and recognizes her. Logan Scott is everything her boyfriend is not. He loves comics, he DJs at the local radio station, he doesn’t do sports, he can’t dance, and he is a big nerd. Maddie is soon falling for Logan and delving deeper and deeper into nerdiness. But Maddie is not ready to give up her popular persona. She lies about Logan and what she is doing to her parents, her best friend and her boyfriend. Maddie has to come out of the geek closet if she wants to be happy with Logan and with herself.

This is a book about self-discovery, learning who you are and accepting it. Maddie has a long way to go in the book, but she makes it there eventually. I really enjoyed the interactions between Maddie and Logan and any scene involving Logan’s friend Dan. However, I didn’t always like Maddie herself. Maybe it was because I just couldn’t understand her; I know way too many people who are into manga, anime, comics, scifi, etc. and I don’t really consider all of them nerds. It seems like such a mainstream thing now. Maddie is also pretty selfish and self-absorbed throughout most of the book, which isn’t a lot of fun to read. However, I think the main thing that brought the book down for me was how heavy-handed the message was. At some points the author pretty much bashes you over the head with her “lesson” about being true to who you are. There is also the ridiculous ending where she plugs small businesses and how essential they are to a community. While I completely agree with her “message” my head hurt after being hit with it so many times.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley.com.

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