Author: Leah Rae Miller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Source: eARC received from Rockstar Tours for blog tour
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There is just so much to love about The Summer I Became a Nerd. It's cute and funny and sweet, and well, just plain adorkable! I, myself, am a huge nerd, though I think it's pretty obvious that I don't try to conceal that fact.
I envied Maddie, getting to LARP with the likes of Logan and Dan. My only experience with LARPing is through Little Brother, another nerdy book that I enjoyed quite a bit. And, honestly, now that I think about it, that was actually a big scavenger hunt and maybe there was no LARPing involved? So, yeah, terribly jealous. I'm not a gamer girl, but I think I'd be awesome at LARP. Just sayin'.
So, yeah, I liked the LARP aspect. I giggled at all of The Princess Bride references. (It is my favorite movie ever.) And I loved how much this book reminded me of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, complete with battle of the evil exes. The only thing I didn't like was how Maddie continually denied her own happiness simply for the sake of keeping up appearances. That is the main focus of the book, but I just found the justification for her actions, the underlying reason, to be without merit. However, when it comes time to confront the truth and make amends, Maddie mans up and I can appreciate that.
I can also appreciate the cute nerdy boy she has a big ole crush on. Logan actually reminded me of the guy I was hard-core crushing on in high school. And just like Maddie, I thought his dorkiness made him that much cooler. And much like Maddie, I was dating someone else when he finally announced his feelings for me. It made for an awkward situation...in both cases. But I loved seeing how it played out, even if Maddie didn't always do the honorable thing. Does the nerd get the girl? You shall have to read to find out.
If you are a nerd, have nerdish tendencies, are friends with a nerd, or are crushing on a nerd, I think you'll enjoy this fun and quirky book. The Summer I Became a Nerd is the romance novel for those of us who'd rather find true love in a comic book store than at the lifeguard stand. It's not your average summer beach read, but it's full of clever, nerdy banter and timeless sci-fi and comic book clichés that even your most closeted nerd can appreciate.
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