Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Summer I Became A Nerd, by Leah Rae Miller
My biggest problem with this fun (but pretty silly) book was buying in on the idea that Maddie actually had a second life. She did geek so well (Miller obviously enjoyed showing off her knowledge of LARPing) that I couldn't see how it had ever been a secret. Add to this that there wasn't much in the book about her popular girl/cheerleader side, and I was left doubting that Maddie had ever been anything other than a geek. For a story about conflicting cultures, that seemed like a fatal weakness, even if it left her more sympathetic to the (presumably geeky) target audience.