Author: Leah Rae Miller
Published May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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.It's finally here, Maddie can't wait for the final issue of her favorite comic book, The Super Ones #400 to be exact, to come out! However, when the mail arrives all Maddie finds is an issue of Your Organic Garden and You with a letter explaining her copy of The Super Ones will be shipped in 5-7 weeks. What!? No, this cannot be happening. Maddie needs to know what will happen in The Super Ones final issue, and she needs to know now! Her only choice is to go down to the comic book store in town, The Phoenix. Simple right? Wrong. Maddie cannot be seen in The Phoenix! Why you ask? Well, Maddie is popular and a cheerleader. That status does not combine well with comic book loving nerd. Right? That's what Maddie thinks anyway, but she needs her comic. What is a girl to do?
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.
Madelyne Summers has held her secret love of comic books, and all things nerd, inside ever since she was embarrassed one Halloween at her Junior High's Halloween festival. She dressed up as Spectrum Girl, her favorite character from The Pigments comic book series. Instead of winning first prize in the costume contest, all Maddie got was laughed off the stage. Ever since then Maddie has done her best to be popular all the while hiding her true self. The only time she can enjoy her "nerd" self is during the summer. So, here Maddie is trying to enjoy her favorite comic, carefully ordered online so no one will know, and things just aren't working out.
Now, faced with having to actually enter a comic book store and be seen, Maddie does the only thing she can. She disguises herself. However, what she didn't plan on was for Logan Scott to be working at The Phoenix. Logan Scott the hot "dork" Maddie's had a crush on since last year. He's not even in her social circle, so he won't even recognize her right? Wrong again. Logan does recognize her, and the two of them start spending time together. Being with Logan is like a wonderful dream for Maddie. He actually likes her and likes the same things she does, so he won't judge her nerdiness. The only problem is that now she has to keep her time spent with Logan secret as well, and while keeping your interests secret is one thing keeping a person secret is another matter all together.
Logan doesn't want to be a secret. He wants to date Maddie for real, and this is a problem for her. She's dating the school's star quarterback, Eric. Even though she really doesn't like Eric and he's away for the summer, Maddie is having trouble dumping him. He's part of her popular girl cover, and without Eric that cover might be blown. Of course, Logan could blow her cover just as easily, but Maddie loves spending time with Logan. Maddie feels like losing Logan would be the worst thing ever, but is possibly losing the popular life she's worked so hard to maintain worth the risk. Dealing with all this plus her best friend, a concert, a comic convention, and a couple of live-action role-playing games and Maddie is in for a summer that is going to be anything but relaxing.
The Summer I Became a Nerd is a wonderfully written book. Debut author Leah Rae Miller really draws you into her characters' lives. I felt so involved in the story that I couldn't wait to see what happened between Maddie and Logan, and I hated to see it end. Plus, having the book set in Natchitoches, Louisiana, made the story even more interesting for me. A definite must read!