Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
NOTE: I was provided my copy of this book by Entangled Teen. Thanks!
The Summer I Became a Nerd is a book that focuses on the problem of peer pressure and fitting in opposed to being laughed at for who you are and what you like. It's also about growing up with the wrong kind of understanding of reality and fixing it so it could become right. It's about embracing the different and slapping the same ol' same ol' in the face. It was by no means brilliant, but it's simplicity made it nice and interesting.
There was nothing complicated in the plot, just the usual drama. Nothing more different than girl meets boy, they fall for each other, but their love feels impossible. That's quite alright though because the way the problem is resolved here is actually pretty nice. So, even though it was similar to many other novels out there, it also had a seed of its own.
What I really liked about this book was Madelyne's hobby. She was a comic book lover. To be honest, I know next to nothing about comics, but just like it usually happens, I learned a lot from this novel. Like the fact that there are different 'studios', like DC and Marvel. I honestly had no idea. Oh, and also there was all the info about the Life Role Playing game... that was awesome! I'd only heard of it before, but now I've got some inside info!
Something else that made me like the book was the morale of it - do not tell lies or you will find yourself in a situation you can't lie yourself from. Wise, don't you think?
Other topics touched by the author were real friendship and how it looks like; selfishness and how it can ruin just about anything; family.
Because of the mess Maddie made out of her summer vacation, I felt really bad for Logan, who had no actual idea of whatever was going on. He was being mislead by so many people without even realizing it, I just wanted to pat him on the back. I guess guys can be innocent and naive too. And well... some girls just sniff weakness in the air and hunt them poor boys down.
In conclusion, this is a light summer read that has enough drama (but not too much) to keep you busy.
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