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The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd - Leah Rae Miller Absolutely loved this one. Maddie Summers is hiding something big…or so she thinks. After an embarrassing costume contest in middle school, Maddie has made an effort to hide who she really is and be popular. Maddie’s big secret…*GASP* she loves comic books. Her favorite one is ending and because of a backorder situation, Maddie puts on her disguise and heads out to The Phoenix, the local comic shop, to pick up a copy. Enter Logan. He is a nerd and not afraid to show it. He LARP’s, loves comics, and yes, he wears glasses when he wants. He’s also had a crush on Maddie since 9th grade and her walking into The Phoenix, which just happens to be his parent’s shop, when she did, was fate. Since the store didn't have any additional copies of the book Maddie was looking for, Logan takes a chance and lends her his copy with the caveat that she will return it that night. When Maddie looks at his number her biggest fear comes to life – he knows who she is and she is definitely worried who he is going to tell about her love of comics. We find out he isn't even remotely concerned about what other people at school think and really just wants Maddie to call him…which thankfully she does. I found myself wanting to shake Maddie through most of the story – mostly because she was lying to everyone and it was over something as simple as the love of comic books. This doesn't mean I didn't like her, I just wanted her to make better decisions. I’m glad she finally got the fact that not everything is about her and that the way she was acting had a larger impact on those around her. She treated her best friend and Logan pretty badly…she is lucky they were both pretty forgiving. I liked the secondary characters in this book as well. Dan is a great friend to Logan – he’s funny and always has his back. I found myself laughing the most at the parts of the story where he was involved. I didn't get the bitchy cheerleader (Rayanne) only because I don’t know that she was necessary.In the end, Logan helps Maddie evaluate what is really important and the great thing is he doesn't come out and say “figure your crap out.” Instead, he shows her how great it can be to just do what you like and not worry about what others think. Maddie fights it pretty hard and tries to distance herself but it is clear she and Logan are connected in a way that she and her football playing boyfriend (Eric) are not. I picked this one up at the perfect time and found myself unable to put this down. If you are looking for a light and fun summer read, this is a great one to start with as there is the perfect mix of humor, romance and yes, nerdiness.Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ARC.