The Summer I Became a Nerd
Leah Rae Miller
May 7, 2013
Ever since a degrading incident middle school incident, Madelyne Summers has hidden her true self away and pretended to be something she wasn’t. Now on the verge of becoming a senior in high school, her world is about to come crashing apart. One of the things she has kept hidden is her love of comic books, downloading them on to her computer rather than buying the print copy. But the final issue of her favorite series isn’t going to be in electronic format and the copy she ordered didn’t show up on release day. Unwilling to wait another two months and have to avoid her favorite sites so she wouldn’t find spoilers, Maddie disguises herself and heads for the local comic book shop.
When she arrives there, the young man behind the counter, a classmate, is reading the very last copy. After much teasing, he allows her to borrow his copy of the comic book shop. Maddie discovers she likes this boy, one with whom she can be her true self. She starts lying to everyone to cover her tracks, which only leads to one huge disaster after another, including hurting Logan Scott repeatedly, something she never wanted to do.
The Summer I Became A Nerd is an adorable cautionary tale on the perils of not being true to yourself and living a life of lies. Maddie walks a tightrope between her two halves until she finally realizes she can’t continue down that path, and she also discovers that despite her worries that people would think less of her, those who matter didn’t care that she loved comic books, and that ultimately, what others thought really didn’t matter.