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



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.



The Summer I Became a Nerd is about the dual life of seventeen year-old Maddie. When Maddie was in seventh grade, she dressed up as (the leader of the superhero team The Pigments) Spectrum Girl, one of her favourite comic characters. After spending a lot of time passionately designing her costume and doing a good job, she expects applause when she steps onto the stage during the costume contest. All she gets is jeers and is called a dork when expressing her love for comic books.

Woman Looking at Reflection

Embarrassed and hurt badly, Maddie decides to keep her nerdy, comic book-lover in the shadows and portrays herself as a popular, cheerleader (and even dates a football player, Eric) in the public.

Usually sticking with reading comics by downloading them in the computer, Maddie is forced to go the town’s comic store, The Phoenix when #400, the last and final edition of her favourite comic series, The Super Ones, will not be released as an eBook.

Here’s where she meets Logan, the guy from her school she’s had a crush on for a while.

I must say, I loved how the author has developed these characters. Each one of them has so much of life and personality.

Leah Rae Miller has brought out the dilemma Maddie faces as she is forced to choose between the fake life she has built for herself and who she really is.


The writing is pretty simple and oh, so amazing. There is this light brush of humour in the writing which makes the book pretty enjoyable. The romance is really light, which was again, a huge plus for me.

I have really high expectations when it comes to YA, thanks to those annoying books out there. If the book misses the mark, it goes straight to the bad-reads list. This one was well above the mark and was..


I loved Maddie, Logan, Dan… And gah! I loved everyone!


The Summer I Became a Nerd was on the whole a very light, sweet read and a great coming-of-age novel. 


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