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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  5,106 ratings  ·  656 reviews
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 an...more
ebook, 267 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
Hmmm…I’m not really sure how to review this book. On one hand there were a lot of things about it I liked. On the other, there were some aspects that really irritated me.

The first half of the book earned itself a solid four. Ever heard of the US DEFCON system? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the NERDCON system.

NERDCON 5: Lowest state of geekdom
NERDCON 4: Marathon watching of Sci-Fi shows has been observed
NERDCON 3: Reports of comic book obsession
NERDCON 2: Threats of attending a comicon…in c...more
Zemira Warner
May 13, 2013 Zemira Warner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who's looking for a cute book with interesting characters

I love this book so much. After reading a bunch of depressing books it was time to read something uplifting and The Summer I Became a Nerd was a perfect escape. It was funny. It was cute. I had a great leading character, interesting dialogs, a hot nerdy guy and entertaining sidekick.

Maddie is a popular cheerleader dating a quarterback who secretly LOVES to read comics and when she accidentally meets her secret crush in a comic store things get more complicated. She's trying to have fun and hang...more
curious little beastie

Holy mother of fluff.

Alright so, obviously, reading the blurb, I immediately wanted this book, because it seemed right up my alley, and it also seemed like the perfect cutesy and feel-good book that I've been wanting to read. And I was right, it was. I think it was probably TOO fluffy, so much so that I can't even really look at it with a critical eye because I had such a fun time reading.

If you really think about it, the story of popular-girl-falls-for-unpopular-boy isn't really all that origi...more
The Summer I Became a Nerd was a cute, flirty, and fun romance. It’s also about being true to our self no matter what other people think.

Maddie has been scarred by exposing her nerdiness in the past, so she buries love of comics, sci-fi addiction, and love of all things geek. She puts years of crafting her popular identity by becoming cheerleader and dating the high school quarterback. All this starts to unravel when she jeopardizes her reputation by going into The Phoenix, a local comic book s...more

Maddie has a problem. For years, she’s been living a double life. On the outside she’s your typical popular cheerleader who’s dating the football star. On the inside, she’s Sheldon Cooper (if you don’t know who that is, I don’t think we can be friends).

Because of a traumatic costume experience when she was younger, Maddie has felt the need to hide her nerdiness from the outside world. No one knows that she has anime marathons on the weekends with her father, or that she’s counting down the days...more
Awesome and fun read! The Summer I Became a Nerd was the perfect read for the summer (although I am more than sure it is enjoyable year round) To anyone who has a 'nerd' or 'geek' side to them, this will most likely appeal to you. Especially girls and women being it is easier to relate to the lead character but guys, go for it! Leah Rae Miller has done a fantastic job bringing the Closet Nerd to life!

The story revolves around Maddie (Madelyne) who is a closet comic book nerd. After an embarrass...more
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3.5 stars

Thank you Entangled Teen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

There are two main subgenres that peel off from contemporary; the sweet and fun or the dark and meaningful. In this case, The Summer I Became A Nerd is a copacetic mixture of the two, turning out to be a cute yet depth-contained novel. I thought that the story was slightly unrealistic and the main character lacked self-esteem but in the end, i...more
Ash Wednesday
Jun 04, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who can tolerate a juvenile POV in exchange for a lot of LOLs

But it was a 5 for sheer entertainment and Taxidermist Todd: The Giraffe Stuffer.

Maddie is a cheerleader who's a closet comic book geek hell bent on keeping her reputation as the popular girl in school. She has accessorized her life with the quarterback boyfriend, the popular best friend and all of Taylor Swift Allison Blair's CDs to convince the rest she's like everyone else. Not some weird, costume-wearing girl who's secretly crushing on Peter Parker and Logan Scott, the soccer player...more
Pam Harris
I had the pleasure of reading this as an intern at Entangled, and believe me when I say that you will LOVE this one. There were so many laugh out loud moments that I think I annoyed anyone around me while I was reading. A funny, sweet debut. :)
Maddie is a popular cheerleader that was shunned for being her true nerdy self in the sixth grade. Ever since, she masked out the comic book side of her so she can fit in. Her crush, Logan, works at the only comic book store and sees her try to buy the last issue of a popular series. Will Logan -- with the blue eyes and killer smile -- tell everyone her secret?

Gah I loved this book!! If you're into D&D, RPGs, Comics (not so much Manga... more like Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, ect.) this is...more

I don't think I've ever cared so much about LARPing in my life. In fact, I consider myself a nerdy person, and even I thought LARPing was too nerdy. However, the LARPing in this book was spectacular and I loved every second of it.

At this point I'm just trying to see how many time I can say LARPing in this review.

I loved the characters... especially Dan, Lucas, and Lucas's mom and sisters. I would adopt them if I could!

If you are looking for a fun, feel good read, you should pick this up!

Angela (:
I have a review copy!!


I want. I want. I want.
Loooooove this book. Think Easy A meets LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR!
Jun 05, 2012 Belinda marked it as to-read
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)

That was incredible! No, it was amazing!
Incredizing? Amazible?

The Summer I Became a Nerd was just adorable! I’m not really the literal nerdy type of girl – yes I do love and prefer to spend time reading or studying but on the other hand I’m also really into going out. I guess I’m just a different kind of nerd – totally not the comic book fan one but I’m still a nerd and that thing itself what appeals into me as to joining the tour for this book.

I think Madelyn is not the only who’s living a secr...more
Jun 23, 2014 Maida rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maida by: Amber
An absolutely "adorkable" coming-of-age story featuring a closeted nerd heroine & the AWESOME geek hero who sees & loves her for who she truly is.

I really enjoyed this novel, & I have to give major props to author Leah Rae Miller & her editing staff for a VERY well-written & well-edited piece. Novels devoid of grammatical and/or typographical errors are rarities these days & no longer the norm. So just from a technical standpoint, The Summer I Became a Nerd is a real trea...more
3.5 stars.
"All is donkey balls in love and war."
Oh, my references!
I adored this but I couldn't help but wish there'd been more, as in an epilogue after #31, but it was still amazing!

(Before I read the books)
Books like this are the reason why Nerdfighter authors are awesome!

I've said this before and I'm saying this now:
Nerdfighters + Writers = Awesomeness!

And I created a new exclusive shelf for this book! I just need to read this now! ACCIO MAY 7TH!!...more
I’m a nerd hidden inside a popular girl’s body, and the only person that can help me right now is someone I’ve hardly even acknowledged for fear of social ruin. Man, he must think I’m just a shallow hypocrite.

That’s because you are, sweetie. Maddie is a girl with a plan to stay popular. After a humiliating incident in middle school she vowed she’d never be ridiculed again and set her popularity plan in motion. She’s a cheerleader, dates the quarterback of the football team despite not liking him...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This review -- AND A GIVEAWAY -- can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

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...more
Stefanie Gaither
Full disclaimer: Leah Miller is my critique partner. I think she is awesome with a side of sauce, that's true. But on to her book.

Her. Book.

The first scene she sent me when she started working on this book made me laugh so hard that I fell out of our kitchen bar stool and knocked over the trashcan. There's still a scuff mark on our floor where the metal corner hit. I blame her for this.

But it was totally worth it. This, and every hilarious scene that came after, until this became a sweet, swoo...more
Alisa (The Reading Obsession)
Fast summer read. Complete fluff, but still entertaining.

Full review to come.


Read this and more at http://www.thereadingobsession.blogsp...

I received this book from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review.
This was exactly what the title promised: a light and fluffy summer read. And warning: I've been talking with Nenia Campbell so this review will have many kittens. *hides

Maddie is a really popular girl, who has a secret. Not a bad, I-like-watching-you-sleep secret, more like...more
Following a traumatic school event in which Maelyne reveals herself to be nerd, she comes up with a plan to never be embarrassed or hurt like that again. From that moment on, she shoves nerdy Maddie down during the school year she's "popular Maddie". She's on the cheer squad. She claims to love the same pop music as those around her, even though she secretly can't stand it. She even dates the quarterback of the football team because that's what popular Maddie should do. But that's not who Maddie...more
Objectively speaking, this girl is not one to love. She’s selfish, and way too into what others think of her. The double life and what not she’s living had me thinking she didn’t think too much of everyone else around her. I think she thought every one as shallow as she was.

But that aside, The Summer I felt young and fluffy and funny. I enjoyed her eventually, her enthusiasm especially, hidden as it was had me hoping there’s more to the girl than worrying about what so and so had to say. Plus t...more
Chloe Lewis


So, after reading a few pages, its like I've been reading an old book all over again because of the plot. well, maybe if I've read this first this will not be my reaction. Maddie is a cheerleader who fell in love with Logan (a geeky dude), the two of them struggled because of the girl's reputation and I find Logan a very weak man, i mean he needs to be honest with his feelings and not be scared because of his past...more
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
You know, that ear to ear grin that gets plastered and refuses to be removed?
Yeah. I know.

You know, cute guys?
No, you don't.

You know, nerds and cheerleaders?
I wouldn't care if you did.

You know, this book?
Yeah. I know.

May 04, 2013 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

The Summer I Became A Nerd was fun, quirky and nerdy stand-alone novel that completely took me by surprise. It wasn't just a cutesy novel about a romance, but it had an underlying depth to it that I thought made this book also realistic.

Maddie was a huge nerd pretending to live the life of a popular girl. She was not entirely likable and could grate on my nerves at time. She was pretending this person that she obviously disliked but afraid of what others might think if they know who the real is,...more
Madelyne Jean Summers? Logan Scott? :D

I love all the comic book and pop culture references peppered throughout this book. This is all about teenage angst as Maddie keeps her nerd self hidden due to a traumatizing incident when she was younger. She presents a superficial facade to people outside her family, afraid that she'll be made fun of if her friends really knew what she liked.

I'm glad that there was this incident that Maddie focused on that caused all this trauma. It made sense to how she...more
My copy of TSiBaN was provided by a publicist at Entangled Teen for review. You can also find this review at Have Book Will Read.

I’m going to start my review by talking about the cover. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a cover in a review before but I just LOVE this one. I don’t really know what it is about it that I love but I do. It might be the bright colours on it, it might be the quirky font, hell it might even be the killer legs on it (I WISH I had those legs!) I just really like it. It’s...more
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Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Natchitoches, Louisiana. I love fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD coming Summer 2013 from Entangled Teen. Stay cool! Contact me at leahraewrites(at)gmail(dot)com

For questions about ARCs, blog tours, interviews, etc. please contact my publicist, Heather Riccio heatherriccio (at) ent...more
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“I can't swallow another drop of soda by this point because the carbonation is burning my throat.
"Oh really? Well..." I trail off as I feel bubbling at the base of my throat. This is not good.
Before I can stop myself, I let out the biggest burp I've ever, ever, ever had. I slap a hand over my mouth and stare at Logan whose eyebrows have reached astronomical heights.
"Dude! So not smooth, man! Girls cannot stand rudeness," Dan yells from the back room.”
“But you can make you happy, my father's voice repeats over and over as I stare at my ceiling.
Have I been trying to do that all this time? Has that other part of me been trying to break through because deep down I know I'll never be happy until... Until what? Until I'm able to freely discuss who I think would win in a battle between Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort? (The answear obviously being Lord Voldemort. He'd Avada Kadavra Vader way before Vader could even think about the force choke move.)”
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