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Peek Inside Romancing the Nerd

Until recently, Dan Garrett was just another live-action role-playing (LARP) geek on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at basketball and voila...Mr. Popular. The biggest drawback? It cost Dan the secret girl-of-his-dorky dreams. But when Dan humiliates her at school, Zelda Potts decides it's time for a little revenge—dork style. Nevermind that she used to have a crush on him. It's time to roll the dice...and hope like freakin' hell she doesn't lose her heart in the process.

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Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà...Mr. Popular. It's definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts's “ coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it's time for a little revenge—dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It's time to roll the dice...and hope like freakin' hell she doesn't lose her heart in the process.


"I'm a sucker for anything nerd related, so I was quite excited to read this one." --Stacee, Goodreads

"Its actually my first time to read a novel from Leah Rae Miller but Ive been told that she writes really cute and funny romances and I wasnt disappointed! This book is just the right one Im looking for." --Inah, Goodreads

“…I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a romance about two adorable nerds.”- Miranda at MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It  

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752269
Release Date: Apr 5, 2016
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, opposites attract

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By Stacee March 11, 2016

I'm a sucker for anything nerd related, so I was quite excited to read this one.

I loved Zelda and Dan. Their history was amusing and I loved how they constantly pushed each other's buttons. Seeing Maddie and Logan again was fun, but there was one scene with Vera that absolut ...more

By Deniz March 15, 2016

Let's face it: I am geek. I closet one- but yeah well I totally am.
But Miller made me wonder if I need to get my nerd on...
Seriously the LRP, the dress-up stuff. The first time ever I got why people do this, more even I thought I could enjoy it
And that's just one aspect why I thoroughly enjoyed Rom ...more

By Irene April 04, 2016

4 stars

Romancing the Nerd was sweet, fun and very entertaining read.
I loved both Dan and Zelda, they made me laugh with their antics & geekiness.

This was a lovely afternoon's read that will make you smile and forget about real life for a few hours.

Thank you Entangled Teen via NetGalley for the advan ...more

By Lekeisha April 06, 2016

Full review posted over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

I had been looking forward to this book ever since I knew of it’s existence. The Summer I Became A Nerd was one of my favorite books of 2013, so I had to read this companion. I love the LARP fun, but I really enjoy the characters themselves more. Dan a ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) January 30, 2016

I loved this book so much. Dan's fumbling of common expressions cracked me up, and Zelda's antics to get revenge against him were priceless. Totes cute book filled with geektastic references, a whole, new geek culture, and plenty of swoony moments. (Also, I may now want to dress in Zelda as Finity G ...more

By K.K. January 10, 2017

Wow, that was such a sweet book!! I loved all the geekyness and the great characters and the plot! I flew through the pages and I can only recommend this book to anyone who loved "the summer I became a nerd"!
I love her writing style and I sure hope, that she will write other novels like these! ...more

By Brittany June 09, 2017

This book is: Catfish meets, Pretty in Pink, meets the world of fandom. It was typical YA. Cute and funny. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say I loved the geekdom! Great, light, quick read. ...more

By Miranda April 03, 2016

I am a nerd at heart, so I love reading books with nerdy characters. This book was a great romance for nerds, and I had such a fun time reading this book!

The plot was slow at times and a little predictable, but I thought this book was still entertaining. I really loved the banter between Zelda and ...more

By Lisa (lifeinlit) April 05, 2016

3.5 stars!

I adore stories with nerdy characters because, let’s face it, I can be a little nerdy myself. And though I don’t play video games or LARP, I can understand being passionate about something so strongly. I totally fell for Miller’s ability to write such fun, adorkable characters while readin ...more

By Inah September 22, 2016

It’s actually my first time to read a novel from Leah Rae Miller but I’ve been told that she writes really cute and funny romances and I wasn’t disappointed! This book is just the right one I’m looking for.

This is about Dan and Zelda, who used to be close friends, until Dan became popular. After an ...more

By Jennifer June 18, 2016

Cute nerd love. ...more

By Anni April 08, 2018

Dieses Buch ist so unglaublich süß 😍 ...more

By Christina March 19, 2016

My original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**Disclaimer:** An eARC of these title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this ve ...more

By JennRenee May 22, 2016

I totally enjoyed The Summer I Became and Nerd, and was so excited to see another one was coming out. I am sure most of us readers and bloggers of books are nerds. I am a super nerd and the the first book really hit home for me. So I just grabbed at the idea to read another one. It was so good. I lo ...more

By Alison July 02, 2016

Three and a half stars.

I have no idea why I got this book - I thought someone had reviewed it on GR but "none of my friends have reviewed this book" so maybe it was on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Anyway, what happens when a nerd suddenly has a growth spurt and becomes a popular jock? It was an intrigu ...more

By Jaime May 21, 2016

Dan Garrett used to be a part of the nerdy crowd, spending his free time LARP’ing and reading comic books, but these days, after a growth spurt and a budding talent for basketball he’s become Mr. Popular.

Zelda Potts is certainly never going to be part of the cool crowd. She has a crazy sense of fas ...more

By Shannon March 22, 2016

Dantheman, who we first meet in The Summer I Became a Nerd as a bit of a nerd himself, is all grown up and now one of the popular kids in high school. How that happened, he's not really sure. But it did, and he is, and it makes for a delightfully, silly, and sweet love story for us to enjoy.

Dan's ri ...more

By Bette March 26, 2016

This is one of the funniest, most entertaining books I've read in a long time. A wonderful YA story about navigating the high school and all the cliques that involves. Always steadfastly in the nerdy crowd, Dan Garrett has recently made his way into the popular crowd and he doesn't like it! What's m ...more

By Dunja *a chain reader* August 12, 2016

Nerds, geeks, high school, finding who you are and where you belong are some of my favorite topics in YA novels. So it is not a surprise that I read this one.

Romancing the Nerd, goes beyond typical YA romance novel. In the forefront there is a romance between two former friends, separated by popular ...more

By Petra May 26, 2016

Such a charming and funny story. ...more

By Rahmi June 30, 2016

You can read my review here ...more

By Amelia January 04, 2019

It took me a little to warm up to Dan and Zelda because they felt off until about 25% in and then it took a little longer for me to feel the storyline and then it was pure geekiness and I really enjoyed it. I freaking the little appearances from Maddie and Logan and his family, especially Maddie's l ...more

By Bonnie October 14, 2019

*3.5 ...more

By Stef July 15, 2018

Not as cute as the first one cz I didn't love the premise of the story but very easy quick lovely read and I would love to read more of her books... When she writes them :) ...more

By manuela July 03, 2018

Suuuuper cute! Exactly what I needed! ...more

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Leah Rae Miller

About the author

Leah Rae Miller

Mother, wife, and YA author living on a windy hill in Louisiana. I love fuzzy socks, comic books, cherry coke, and brand new office supplies. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD released Summer 2013 from Entangled Teen.

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