Genre: Contemporary YA
Rating: 3 / 5
CoverI don't particularly like this cover, the colors are too bright and while it's nice there's no face on the cover, they could've done more with it I think. Play with the nerd part more for example.
The StoryMaddie (short for Madelyne) Summers looks like a typical cheerleader, she's blond, popular, has a bubbly personality and is dating the high school's quarterback. However what nobody knows is that Maddie is secretly a huge comic book fan and she'd rather be reading her favorite series instead of doing the cheer leading thing. She's a nerd hiding inside of a popular girl and nobody is allowed to know about it. During summer is the only time Maddie can really indulge in her being a nerd but this particular summer she slips up and gets involved with Logan, the boy from the comic book shop. He discovers her secret, they start hanging out and Maddie is pulled into a world of conventions, live-action role-playing and video games. She's loving it but at the same time she's also trying to keep things a secret, putting her relationship with Logan on the line.
My ThoughtsI picked this up initially because the title seemed like a fun premise and a fun book it was. I had a good time reading it but it isn't outstanding or anything. I like that while Maddie is presented as a popular girl, there's so much more to her and a nerdy girl that likes comics is a fun protagonist to have. Most of the time though I was kinda annoyed by her obsessiveness to hide that side of her. In the beginning I could get with it because that is who she is but once she gets involved with Logan and pulled in more and more into the world of comics her need to hide it becomes annoying, especially because it is clear how happy she is when she can finally be who she really is.
Another thing I liked was reading about comics, role playing, video games and conventions, it's a different scene than a lot of other books and because we discovered most of through Maddie's eyes, it's a good way to be introduced to these things, besides the comics, this is a whole new world for her as well. Logan's family is wonderful as well, they own the comic book store and are just all around awesome. Logan himself is great too, he's a perfect, sweet and dorky guy and perfect for Maddie.
The Summer I Became a Nerd, isn't a world changing book but a fun and fluffy read. A bit predictable at times but that's to expected with a story like this I guess. Obviously the book contains a lesson, be yourself, but it's well done and not overly preachy. Besides Maddie being a bit annoying at points, the characters are all fun as well and the romantic story is sweet but not too sweet. If you're looking for a quick and fun read without huge drama or angst, this is something you should pick up.
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