Synopsis: 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 anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
200words (or less) review: Maddie has a big secret, one she’s worked very hard to keep. When she was little she dressed up as her favourite comic book hero for Halloween and got laughed at. She swore never to feel that way again and worked hard to be popular.
I had so much fun reading The Summer I Became a Nerd. Maddie is a wonderful narrator and easy to relate to. There is an innocence about her, like the over the top disguise for sneaking into The Pheonix (the local comic book store) and how unsure Maddie is of her place in the world.
Once Maddie’s in Logan’s world however the reader is treated to a front row seat of in-depth comic analysis, LARPing and a really sweet romance. There are some hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud (thankfully not in public) and I loved how believable all the characters are.
The Summer I Became a Nerd will leave you with a big smile on your face.