Author: Leah Rae Miller
Source/Format: Publisher, ebook
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Entangled Publishing, May 7, 2013
“Be true to yourself and others will be true to you, too” (17).
I absolutely love, love, love The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller. It’s the perfect book to start summer and for teens dealing with identity issues. It’s a refreshing coming of age story in which Maddie, the main character, embraces her true self. The characters and plot are realistic and well-developed. First there’s Maddie, a cheerleader who wants to fit into the status quo; yet, she’s an undercover comic book lover. And the chemistry of her and her boyfriend, Eric, are questionable at best. Then there is Logan, a nerd who has the same interests as Maddie. But she has to keep her interests and friendship with Logan a secret to maintain her position within the in crowd. Throughout the book Maddie continued to deal with her inner conflict, even though at times she seemed to be increasingly comfortable with whom she was. Then there is Dan-the-man, Logan’s friend, he definitely needs his own story. His antics had me laughing out loud. He is so blunt and straightforward, it’s hilarious. The one theme that resonates throughout the book is that you shouldn’t try to fit into the role that everyone has created for you, you should just be yourself. I only wonder if “The Summer I Became Myself” would be a more suitable title.
I received a copy of The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you.