The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

imageThe Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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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.

So, I felt a reading slump was coming on majorly, and I’m, like, girl, you need to stop it, because your reading game has been on fire lately. I remembered from the last time I was in the slump, tons of people recommended reading an old favorite. Therefore, I picked up my favorite contemporary of ALL TIME.

And it did NOT disappoint. This little book (and honestly, it is rather little when you look at page number) has made me laugh out loud, make that face where you’re holding in all the fangirl squeals together, and hold unrealistic expectations that I, too, will find the nerd-hot comic bookstore owner’s son of my dreams. It holds the best sidekick I’ve ever read, a reference to The Princess Bride, and a main character whose favorite movie is Tangled – which is quite ironic since this book has all the Rapunzel ratings for me because THE SWOONS AND FEELS ARE LITERALLY OFF THE CHART. OFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

I will admit that in the reread that it didn’t have as many LOL moments as I did remember (but this is my third time rereading it, so you know, maybe I’ve given up), but there are still some great funny parts, and the feels are so, so, so real. I literally stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to finish this – even though I knew exactly what would happen and how it would go down. It didn’t stop me.

This book is the book I measure every ship against (Logan and Maddie are so much adorableness), and every contemporary book against. It’s not perfect, and it’s rather cheesy – but it’s just a novel that makes you feel happy and good and just like the sun is shining down. It’s the perfect summer read, and it totally has fixed my reading slump (although, it kind of made me want to go back and read all the contemporaries on my favorites list, which is probably not the best idea because I have a tonnnnnnnnnn of new books to read. Oops). So, so, so much love for this book, and if you love some, nerd contemporaries out there, this is a fantastic coming of age story with them.

Five crowns and a royal princess book train: a Rapunzel and Aurora and Moana rating!




What do you think? What are some of your favorite books to reread? What is your ultimate contemporary novel? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

73 thoughts on “The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

      1. I totally feel you. I think it’s been so crazy being home that I don’t even know what to write when I sit down. So I commiserate on the slump. Hopefully, we both get out of them soon!


      1. LOL. I don’t know about greatness. But I have gotten myself to slow down a bit. Next week is crazy with blog tours though, but that doesn’t count, because I signed up for those before we had our little burnout.

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      2. Ahahahaha oh no! But yes! Totally doesn’t count because we’ll go back to the night, new schedule. We got this. I ended up binge doing a ton of posts on my day off the other day so I pretty much have a lot of my September posts done so I dont’ have to worry too much about it in the future to get burned out.

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      3. That’s awesome! I did that last week when I was off work. Now if I can just do one every 2-3 days, I’ll be able to stay in the not stressed out mode. Which feels strange and amazing. LOL. Hope you’re doing something fun during your hiatus!

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  1. Yay on a super fun and awesome reread! Rereading for me is very limited but I will do TLC, Narnia and the Penderwicks any day! This one sounds cute as well! *adds to list of all the books Mandy keeps telling me are super-fantabulous!*

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    1. Ooooh, I didn’t know that there was a list of special rereads. But they are quite special indeed. Do you do them every year or just when the need calls for them? And Yes, yes, I super recommend. So much cute.

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  2. I’m currently suffering from a reading slump; I need to reread something like this ASAP. :’)

    My ultimate contemporary novel is probably the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins!! It’s definitely a lil cliche but it’s also lighthearted and fun and I LOVED IT. I read it a looonnnggg time ago, though, so hopefully my opinion of it won’t change!!

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    1. Yesssssss. It totally got me in such a happy mood and more than eager to get to the rest of my reads.

      Yes! That is such a good one. I haven’t read that one in such a long time as well, but I definitely think that it is one of those books that could be reread and still be good (I know a few in the past feel so questionable). Definitely hope that you will enjoy it again! 😀

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  3. Aaaawww this book! I’ve heard so much about it hahaha
    It sounds like the perfect, feel-good, summer read indeed and I really want to give it a try sometime. Maddie and Logan sound absolutely adorable!!
    So glad to hear you still love it after the third time re-reading it, Mandy! That’s how you can tell it’s a favorite, after all 🙂
    Amazing, amazing review ❤ ❤


  4. This one has been on my TBR for ages, because it looked so adorable, and I am glad to hear it delivered. Sometimes a little cheese that makes you smile is exactly what you need. These types of books are my comfort food. Great review!


  5. LOL! Favorite rereads are always the best cure for a reading slump. It reignites the fire, I think.

    I really enjoyed this book too. I loved the LARPing. I’ve secretly always wanted to try. It seems like an exaggerated version of RenFest.

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    1. Yes! I was a bit skeptical of it at first, but I definitely have to agree now.

      AH I DID NOT KNOW THAT YOU HAD READ THIS. Yes! I think that was one of the coolest parts about it. I had always seen things occasionally mentioned but I thought it was so cool to see them doing it. 😀


    1. Oh, I hate that when it happens. Yes! I feel like it heightens everything you felt the first time around, and it really shows just how good the book is. They are definitely the most fun for reviews. I’ve definitely found that rereads are so a way to beat the slump now.

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  6. I read the synopsis and your first paragraph and I knew I had to read this book. I saw your post for the first time yesterday, and have already finished reading. (I may or may not have stayed up till 1 am to do it) I loved it! Thank you, Thank You, Thank You for writing about it otherwise I probably never would have discovered it.


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