The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

the summer i became a nerd

Title: The Summer I Became A Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publication Date: May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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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.

Oh man, I loved this book. I had doubts because the cover and the title of the book is not too great. But yes, I loved the book for so many reasons, but mostly because the gamer in me totally relates.

This is a very light read, and is basically about a girl who felt that she would not belong if she showed who she really was, which is a comic book/sci-fi geek/addict/fanatic/avid reader. This girl did everything in her power to hide her obsession, and to be popular, and be accepted. Then she gets to know this very cute, nerdy guy (her nerdy idol in school) better, which showed her what accepting herself would be like. And the rest, is history. Of course, there were fights and lies, and setbacks because she said so much lies to protect her ‘secret’.

“Be true to yourself and others will be true to you, too.”

I liked Maddie ‘aka Laowyn’, even though she made pretty bad decisions, because I see where she’s coming from, because she is totally honest in her narration, like in her head she really, really wants to do this or say yes, but many things are holding her back, so instead she says no. And also, she was a cheerleader who loves comic books, she’s going to get the best of both worlds. :)

Logan is adorkable and, very honest. His character was not developed/described as well as Maddie, but he is your typical adorable comic book nerd with glasses, which is really sweet, makes you laugh, thinks of the cutest games, and is not afraid to bust out his moves even if he is not really a dancer. (Okay, so not very typical, he’s a cutie-pie) Also, he was hurt by this bitch of a girl, who wanted him to change, then cheated on him, so it was really hard for him to trust and forgive.

“I’m a geeky badass, and I’m loving it.”

Aside from the two main leads, I’d like to mention their best friends Dan and Terra, they’re both very loyal, and are both funny. Logan’s mother was also very cool.

The story was very good but the part I liked the most is the role-playing game they do called LARP of Ages or something, because it’s like they dress up as elves or dwarfs, fairies, vampires, ogres and they do quests, and it’s like a party but all the people are on game-mode. And this reminded me of this game I’d played from grade school to 2nd year college, called Runescape. It’s RPG with characters like wizards, wolves, ghouls, vampires, giant spiders, kings, romeo and juliet, armor, gold, aaaaah I miss playing huhuhu. Also in the game, I joined this Filipino clan, and I met so many awesome people that I have remained friends with until now. The book really made me nostalgic over the game.

“ You can’t spend your life being afraid of what other people think.”

Back to the story, if you love comics books, and Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars, and all things geeky, plus an adorkable guy with glasses, plus RPG, you should totally read this book! ;)


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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

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