Wednesday, August 17, 2016

seriously romantic: the summer i became a nerd by leah rae miller

madelyne jean summers lives for summer. not because she likes the heat (she actually doesn't). or because she loves the time off from school (that's okay, but it's not the reason). she loves summer because she can finally stop pretending to be the popular cheerleader type and embrace her inner nerd.

she loves comic books. and live-action role playing games. and cosplay. and even though she's dating the football quarterback, she also kind of loves a nerd named logan scott. even if she refuses to admit this to herself. ever since an embarrassing incident in the seventh grade she's been hiding her nerd-love from everyone. afraid that if she admits what she truly likes her friends will abandon her and make fun of her.

but when issue #400 of the super ones fails to show up in her mailbox on release day she needs to find out what happens. she heads to the town's comic book store and is horrified to realize that logan scott is at the register. even worse he recognizes her. will he tell everyone her secret? will he blackmail her? or will he just be a great guy? and if it's the last option, how will maddie handle it?

being in maddie's head most of the novel flashes you back to those teenage years of insecurity and anxiety. but there's also the joy of self-discovery. and the highs and lows of falling in love. the summer i became a nerd is just an all-around enjoyable story. all the characters are great, even eric, maddie's dumb jock boyfriend has his moment. but the relationship that develops between maddie ad logan drives the story. and how maddie learns that being her true self can be an amazing thing frames that so nicely.

**the summer i became a nerd published may 7, 2013. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.

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