YA Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Posted July 14, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 0 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

YA Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
The Summer I Became a Nerd

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Genres: Young Adult Romance
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on May 7, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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This will sound superficial of me, but in true non-Maddie fashion I wish to fully disclose why I chose this book. The title of course! Okay and I loved what the blurb said about a teen girl going to such extremes to hide her true self. It brought back memories of what it was like to be a teenager- definitely better to read about it than relive it that’s for certain.

Never fear though for those who shy away from (run like heck) lots of angst. This one does present a girl who creates her own angst for certain, but the tone of the story and her idiotish thinking just made me laugh. Maddie is a character that I don’t relate to much and I definitely wouldn’t have made the same decisions that she does, but there is a universal feel to what caused her hang-ups and how she responds to them.

So to the summary then-
Maddie is her school’s most popular girl and she is proud of this feat, but doesn’t let it go to her head since she knows its just a persona. She had an embarrassing incident in junior high and associates it happening because she showed her true self- girl who loves comic book heroes, Sci-Fi and the such. Since then, she has worked to present to the world someone entirely different- cheerleader, quarterback for boyfriend, popular friends and popular interests.

But then she encounters her secret high school crush, Logan, who is the cutest geek. They bond over comic books and she likes that Logan allows her to be her true self. Unfortunately, she can’t possibly give up all her hard-earned work on her image so she not only continues with the lies, but they escalate. And we all know what happens eventually when we lie? Yep, caught! Full. Exposure.

It says a lot about the writer’s ability to craft a character that is a self-centered liar through much of the book, but still manages to endear herself to me. It helped that the story is told first person from Maddie’s perspective. She was weighed down by guilt and wasn’t actively seeking to harm others. I was pleased that the consequences are there for her actions and she has to work to make things better. Granted, its fiction so the consequences for her actions don’t ruin everything particularly since she has the incentive of getting the delectable Logan if she can pull off a full on rehab to her previous self-absorption.

The side characters were strong bits in this story particularly Logan’s foul-mouthed friend Dan who is a one of a kind. Also, I’m always pleased when family plays a large role in a YA book.

The backdrop includes comic talk, role-playing games and other things of that nature and are probably a treat to those who are into it, but even for people like me who’ve only got a nodding acquaintance with that world, its just all fun.

The book is fine for any age teen through the young at heart, but I will throw a caution in that there is some mild to moderate bad language.

Those who enjoy YA Contemporary Romance with a misguided heroine and an adorable cutie for a hero should give this one a try.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing the book for review purposes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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The title does sound interesting