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Peek Inside The Summer I Became a Nerd

On the outside, Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader. The fact 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

The Summer I Became a Nerd

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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 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.


"What can I say? I LOVED this book. THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller brought out the (always present) nerd within me. I smiled and smiled and smile while reading the entire book..."- Jenna Does Books

“Between the laugh out loud dialogue and Maddie and Logan’s pulse-skipping romance, I longed for the Flash’s speed so I could read the book over again and again!”-Cole Gibsen, author of the KATANA series (Flux)

“Leah Rae Miller’s debut is charming, funny, clever and utterly geek-tastic! But beyond that, I appreciated the book’s message that the road to happiness is to be true to yourself first.”– The FlyLeaf Review

“A total feel good romance with plenty of laughs and smiles, and just the right amount of emotion.”– A Good Addiction

“A sweet and fun summer read that turns the tables on the popular guy/nerdy girl scenario and refreshingly features a popular girl who wants to let her nerd flag fly. I highly recommend it.” – Just a Couple More Pages

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620612392
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Page Count: 272
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, opposites attract

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By Jamie October 19, 2019

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 ...more

By Aj the Ravenous Reader October 08, 2015

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 ner ...more

By Daiane February 28, 2016

Review coming soon (in a week when I go back home o/) ...more

By Norah February 08, 2016

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 ...more


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 pop ...more

By Jessy June 23, 2015

sie ist online, meine Rezension: ...more

By shady boots May 22, 2013

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 s ...more

By Jenn March 15, 2017


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 ...more

By Pam June 06, 2012

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. :) ...more

By Julia September 02, 2015

*4,5 Sterne*

Was macht einen eigentlich zum Nerd? Na klar … heimlich Comics lesen im Bett. Zumindest fängt es so an, glaubt Maddie – blond, beliebt und Freundin des heißesten Footballstars der Schule. Manche Dinge bleiben also besser geheim. Das funktioniert auch ganz gut, bis zu dem Tag, als ihr Lie ...more

By Mackenzie June 05, 2019

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 swoo ...more

By Samantha September 25, 2013

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 LARP ...more

By Rachel April 16, 2013

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 -- w ...more

By Heather June 01, 2012

Loooooove this book. Think Easy A meets LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR! ...more

By Ash Wednesday June 04, 2013


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 ...more

By Brina July 10, 2015

"Flirt mit Nerd" von Leah Rae Miller wurde mir bereits vor einigen Wochen empfohlen. Da mich das Cover jedoch ein wenig abgeschreckt hat, hat es ein wenig gedauert, bis ich dem Buch tatsächlich eine Chance geben wollte. Das Buch passt jedoch perfekt in den Sommer und somit habe ich es dann doch spon ...more

By Amelie June 04, 2015

Der Titel ist einfach SUPER! Wobei da noch nicht so ganz herauskommt, dass sie selbst ja auch ein Nerd ist. Trotzdem gefällt mir die deutsche Aufmachung deutlich besser als die Englische.

Also zunächst einmal sollte gesagt sein, dass ich diese Art von Büchern LIEBE. Wer auf der Suche nach einem süßen ...more

By AlwaysReading74 April 04, 2016

Es ist lange her, dass ich ein Buch in einem Rutsch gelesen habe. Ich konnte einfach nicht aufhören zu lesen ! Gleichzeitig wollte ich allerdings auch nicht, dass es endet ... Die Geschichte war so unglaublich toll ❤

Absolute Leseempfehlung !!! ✨ ...more

By Leselurch October 24, 2015

*Worum geht's?*
Maddie ist blond, eine beliebte Cheerleaderin, mit dem begehrtesten Typen der Schule zusammen – und sie hütet ein Geheimnis: Sie ist ein absoluter Nerd! Davon darf aber niemand etwas wissen, nicht einmal ihre beste Freundin. Das wäre schließlich gesellschaftlicher Selbstmord! Doch dan ...more

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 ...more

By Diana August 17, 2016

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. ...more

By Farah 🌈 May 11, 2013

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!

By Jen May 18, 2013

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 humi ...more

By Stefanie! February 04, 2013

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. ...more

By Bipasha April 20, 2014

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.

;) ...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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