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The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd - Leah Rae Miller (This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)Oh, The Summer I Became a Nerd. Where to start? Hmm. It was so good that even a day after finishing it, I'm still in awe, and at times I find myself grinning like a lunatic when remembering the story of a girl who struggled to hide her real interests in order to fit in. The story sounded quite dramatic at first, but this book actually kept it light and funny while still managing to provoke my thoughts. All the nerdiness also reminded me of my high school years, especially of when I'd gone to cosplay conventions (where I dressed up. Twice.)From page one, I knew Maddie was the kind of girl I'd be best friends with because I identified with her so much, except for the double-identity thing because, thankfully, I give less thought to what others think of me and I have an amazing group of friends who share my nerdy interests. I usually hate cowards, both in books and real life, and sure, Maddie hurt a lot of people by lying to them for a long time, but her case was presented so well that I couldn't find her completely guilty.And then there was Logan who I also totally loved—and not just because he has the same name as my favorite X-Men member. He was honest, sweet, and smart, and he made me swoon at first read with all his hot nerd glory. His romance with Maddie was built up very well, and I felt like my face would break with my huge smile every time they were together, even when there was trouble in paradise.I admit, I went into this book with apprehension because I've read—and hated—a book that also dealt with being a nerd, but I think what made this book for me was the writing and how it made all the nerdiness feel very real and natural, never forced. The pacing also helped; the book never bored me and I devoured it in two sittings. And I'm totally not lying when I say that I felt physical pain when I saw "Acknowledgements". I want more Maddie/Logan!MY FAVORITE PART was the bring-the-bitch-down confrontation, LARP-style.