Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd


Author: Leah Rae Miller

It’s kind of a funny story how I happened across this book. I was searching my library’s website for another book and this came across in a list of suggested reads. The cover kind of sucked me in. So I click the link and the rest is history.

I won’t give away the entire plot of the book but I do think I should give you the backstory. Our main character is Maddie. The book starts with the prologue of an embarrassing events in Maddie’s middle school years that changes the course of her life. See Maddie is a secret nerd. She loves comic books. I mean really loves them. But due to the previously mentioned in barest seen events she hides that side of herself from everyone but her family. The book then jumps forward in chapter 1 and Maddie is now age 16. She’s spent all those years so I need her to self and working her way up to the popularity ladder. She is now a cheerleader and on top of the popularity ladder and is even dating the quarterback. So as the story begins Maddie is anxiously awaiting the final comic book in one of her favorite series. When she gets the envelope that she assumes carries the comic book in the house it turns out to be an old garden magazine. She finds a letter in her email from the comic book company that she has to wait 5 to 7 weeks because of backorders. Of course you can’t wait because she so excited so she dons a disguise and heads to the local comic book shop. She’s too afraid of everyone seen her there even in disguise and tries to pay someone to go in and get the comic book for her but he won’t do it. So she takes her incognito self and goes in to look for the comic book but can’t find one on the shelf. So she has to ask the guy at the cash register who just happens to be a boy from her school. Enter the extremely adorkable Logan. Logan offers to lend her his copy and tells her that she can call him when she’s done with it. He’s puts his phone number on a piece of register tape and slides in the back of the book. Maddie heads home and immediately starts to read her borrowed comic. When she gets to the end she looks on the register tape and it says, “I know your secret identity.”

That’s all I’m going to give you about the story because you just have to read how it proceeds from there yourself.

This book is just sweet. That is honestly the best way to describe it it’s sweet, it’s cute and at times laugh-out-loud funny. All of the characters in this book are likable, with the exception of a couple of girls who you can’t really dislike but you just don’t like. There are a lot of really good lessons to be learned in this book about being true to yourself and how sometimes your secrets hurt those you care about and keep you from what you really want. There’s a sweet little romantic component to the book but no hook-ups. There’s really only two kissing scenes in the entire book, and those are sweet, too. Do you see my theme here? The book has everything you want for a fluffy fun little read including romance, angst and one of the best sidekick type characters ever!

This book is really appropriate for most ages probably fifth grade and up.

My overall rating: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

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