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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
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Published May 7th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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Jamie
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally read: Sept 2013
Re-read: Nov 2016

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-Confirmed when I re-read it in Nov) 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 revolve
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Navessa
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
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
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

I found everything I require of a light and easy read in this book. I enjoyed every bit of the story from start to end. It’s simple, cute and romantic and below is what I looked like the entire time I was reading this (just not as pretty, lol!)



Maddie is fun and quirky but very pretty, a proper nerd under the cover of a popular cheerleader.



It’s just a notebook where I keep all my thoughts about the books I read, but to me it’s a treasure trove of secret identities, quotes and life lessons on
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Daiane
Review coming soon (in a week when I go back home o/)
Norah Una Sumner
3.5 stars

This book was really cute and fun. However, I hate it when people hide their nerdiness from the others. And she doesn't really have a good reason to. Well, maybe it's because I don't understand the American high-school popularity system, if that even exists in RL, or whatever. The MC was a decent character and so was Logan (love the name). I really enjoyed reading about their live-action role-playing and hang-outs at the comic store. And let's be honest, Dan stole the spotlight here. Bu
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who's looking for a cute book with interesting characters
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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
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♥Rachel♥
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-faves, fluffy


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 or
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Jenn
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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
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Melanie
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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
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Dana

Another YA novel that features a dim-witted, insecure and self-centered lead. That may sound like a contradiction, but the author has a pure talent for making a character both pathetic and yet full of conceit.

The plot is non-existent, it basically revolves around a teenage girl with the mentality of a child running after a boy all summer, while treating everyone around her like trash.

Honestly the MC was so immature that the concept of her in a relationship was just plain icky. I felt like I wa
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Mackenzie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Song for summary: Complicated by Avril Lavigne

A super cute read! The characters are awkward, geeky, relatable, and unique; while the plot is a fun and light tale about a secret fangirl learning to accept her true self. With hilarious supporting characters, plenty of comic book references, and a swoon-worthy romance; The Summer I Became a Nerd is an amusing and delightful YA novel that is sure to put a smile on your face and will have your inner nerd cheering from start to finish.
Pam Harris
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reviews
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. :)
Samantha

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!

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Rachel
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fun, comedy
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 for
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Heather
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loooooove this book. Think Easy A meets LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR!
Ash Wednesday
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who can tolerate a juvenile POV in exchange for a lot of LOLs
4 STARS

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 play
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Belinda
Jun 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
NERDFIGHTERS FTW!!!!!
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, no
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Maida
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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 treat— a novelty.

Although I
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Karla Mae (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
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Diana
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just loved this book. It is an easy read, full of fun parts that had me laughing. Before beginning, I have to say I am a nerd too, so all the comic,and videogames references, and the role playing things made my day.
The book follows Maddie, who decides to hide she is a nerd after a bad experience. So far, she has managed to be part of the "in" crowd, being a cheerleader and landing herself a quarterback as a boyfriend.
But then everything spirals out of control when she goes to a comic book stor
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Farah 🌈
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-favorites
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 NEED THIS BOOK. NOW. THIS SOUNDS SO PERFECT!

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 7T
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Jen
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-net-galley, ya-na
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
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Stefanie!
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Alisa
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
Fast summer read. Complete fluff, but still entertaining.

Full review to come.

Review:

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 li
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Bipasha
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.

;)
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
The Summer I Became a Nerd should really be entitled The Summer I Learned to be Myself because Maddie didn't "become" a nerd, she was born that way. Maddie has a minor traumatic experience when she is in middle school that convinces her if she ever wants to be liked by other people, she needs to hide her true self from them. This leads to her double life. By day she is a carefree cheerleader who loves pop music and has a football playi
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Kelly
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Donna {Book Passion For Life}
"People are going to judge you for all kinds of reasons for the rest of your life. Because you vote one way or the other, because you go to one school or the other, because you look a certain way. It’s a fact of life: you can’t make everyone happy. But you can make you happy."

The Summer I Became a Nerd is a cute and lovable read, one that kept me smiling all the way through because it was so enjoyable.

Seventeen-year-old Maddie is a popular cheerleader who does everything to keep her reputation
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