Thursday, 23 May 2013

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

Title: The Summer I Became A Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 7th May 2013

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
I saw The Summer I Became A Nerd on Netgalley and the synopsis drew me in immediatley.  I requested it but didn't really expect to be accepted so I was super excited to find I had been.

Madelyne Summers is leading a double life.  On the outside she is a gorgeous cheerleader who dates the star quarterback, but behind closed doors she is a secret geek, fangirling over the newest comic or movie.  Her two worlds haven't crossed paths for years, until the fateful day she makes a trip to The Phoenix, a local comic store to purchase a copy of the Super Ones #400, the last one is the series and only available in print copy, one that she has to wait 4-6 weeks to be delivered due to being out of stock.
Logan works at The Phoenix, well technically his family owns the store so he looks after it rather than works there, but he also attends Madelyne's school, and he sees through her disguise but keeps it a secret from school.  Soon this duo find themselves spending lots of time together, discussing  comics and playing LARP games.

I instantly loved Madelyne, there was something about her, possibly the fact that she is a secret geek, that made me like her and want to know more about her.  When she tries to be all sneaky and secretive when going to get her comic I thought it was cute and ridiculous that she would think her flaky disguise would mean she was safe.

I love Logan and his family.  His Mum was a cheerleader in school, married a geek, and has no qualms about showing off her cheer leading skills to Madelyne.  Logan has three siblings who remind me so much of my childhood growing up and petty arguments, although a lot of the time it was me getting picked on.  Although we don't get to see them much it was another case of instant love for them.

I loved every single page of The Summer I Became A Nerd, the characters are believable and likeable, even the popular crowd don't seem so bad in small doses.  Trying to live a double life is bound to end up crashing down on Madelyne, and when it does she is left to pick up the pieces and try to sort out what she truly wants from life.  I enjoyed getting to see how Madelyne's double life unfolded between the pages, and while she does make some silly mistakes when she tries to repent her ways she certainly does it in a spectacular way.  I love the geeky references thrown into this The Summer I Became A Nerd  and while some parts of it were extremely geeky, especially the LARP (live action role playing), it sounds cool when reading it in a book, but it's not something I would personally do.

The Summer I Became A Nerd was a light fun read that was a refreshing change to my latest reads.  Leah Rae Miller is definitely on my to watch list now and if at some point in the future we get to visit Madelyne again, I will definitely be picking up the book.

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