The Summer I Became a Nerd

***** (5 out of 5)

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

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I’m not gonna lie, I needed this book.  I have been soooo stressed and busy lately I could feel myself start to spiral.  Two weekends ago we went to Nebraska, last weekend we went to Oregon, this weekend we are going to Vegas, and 4 days after we get back, we leave for Germany.  Its an understatement to say we have a lot going on.  On top of that I am procrastinating writing a review for Lion Heart, because I don’t know what to say, and Astrologer’s Proof because I haven’t even read it yet.

Yesterday, while hiding from my to-do list, (i.e. procrastinating) I was skimming through some blogs when I found a post about The Summer I Became a Nerd by Book Princess Reviews.  I read the first paragraph of the synopsis, skipped the second (because they usually reveal too much) and then read Mandy’s first paragraph:

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I didn’t even bother reading the rest of her post.  Those two paragraphs were all it took to ensnare me.  I downloaded the book and started reading it immediately.  I was leaving work so I read for the two minutes it took me to get to my car then I had to wait till I got home.

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Its a good thing this book is short-ish because I could not put it down.  I stopped reading only for dinner and my softball game. I even read while we hung out in the parking lot, drinking beers before the game.  I read until 1 am, when I finished the book.  So I pretty much read from 4 to 1.  Its been a while since I binge-read that hard.

The Summer I Became a Nerd is about Maddie, who is a closet nerd.  She fears the rejection of her peers if they were to find out about her nerdiness.  On the outside she is your typical cheerleader dating the quarterback, but on the inside she is all about comics.  It makes me sad to think that there are girls that feel like they have to hide who they are because it isn’t socially acceptable, but I get it.  I have never completely hid that side of me, but I don’t usually flaunt it either.

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I have two groups of friends; my sports buddies and my nerd buddies.  With my nerd buddies I can be whoever I want.  We play D&D and they don’t care if I watch the big game at the same time.  They accept both sides of me.  But my sports buddies aren’t as open.  They know I’m nerdy but they don’t know the extent, and they tend to make fun of me if I get too intense about it.  They don’t make fun of me in a mean way, more of a big brother sort of teasing way.  They will watch all the new Marvel movies, but they don’t understand how people can enjoy reading.

This is why I LOVE e-readers.  For some reason it is socially acceptable to play on your phone and ignore everyone while watching the big game or getting beers before our league games, yet if I pull out a book, everyone accuses me of being anti-social and makes fun of me for reading.  But if I read on my phone no one says anything.  They just assume I am playing games, texting, or whatnot.  Its awesome!

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This book not only appealed to me because I was able to relate to it, but it appealed to me because it was a light, fun, easy read.  When I am spiraling I tend to gravitate toward romance novels and cliche teenage novels.  The Summer I Became a Nerd definitely falls into the later category.  Its got all the cheesy, classic, teenage-summer-love tropes you could ever want.  And I absolutely loved it! Like I said before, I could not put it down.  It was the absolute perfect book that I needed yesterday.  I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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Thank you Mandy for your post! I needed this book so much ❤ I can see why it is your favorite contemporary of ALL TIME. (and I did go back and finish reading your post after I finished the book)

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Text Don’t Call

*** (3 out of 5)

Text Don’t Call by INFJoe

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Before I get into my review I want to give you some background knowledge on the Author’s name.  INFJ is one of 16 personalities as defined by the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

If you don’t know your type there are tons of free tests you can take online to figure it out.  Personally I like this one: https://www.16personalities.com. The free online tests are usually shorter than the real test, but I get the same results everywhere I take it (including the official MBTI test I did in school)

I am not going to go into detail about all the types.  If you want more information most free test sites have info, you can visit the wiki page, or you can google it yourself.

Here is the full list of personality types in order of frequency:

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My personality type is INFJ, so this book especially appealed to me because the author is INFJ too.  If you are not INFJ, don’t worry, this book is about introverts in general, not specifically INFJs.  So, if you are an introvert, or if you are an extrovert wanting to learn more about introverts, then this is the book for you!

One issue I had with the book, is that it is hella short.  It only took me 30 minutes to read. It cost me $8.50 on Amazon, but the cover price is $14.  There is no way I would ever pay full price for this.  Its just not worth it.  There are a lot of comics, and I knew it would be a quick read, but I still wasn’t expecting it to be THAT short.

The comics themselves are awesome.  The drawings are crude, but that just adds to their charm. For the most part the content is spot on.  I had a lot of “Hey! That sounds like me” moments.

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All my life I have had trouble explaining how I felt and this book was able to pinpoint exactly what its like:

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(This is a comic from the book, but you can also see it on INFJoe’s blog.)

I always want to be included and I hate feeling left out, but at the same time I don’t want to go do anything.  It sounds super contradictory and most people don’t get it, but this comic sums it up perfectly.  Its nice to know I am not the only one that feels this way!

While I related to most of the book, there were still some points that didn’t apply to me. This is a book of generalizations about Introverts, so it won’t describe any one person perfectly.

For example, introverts tend to be quiet.  INFJoe says this is because we prefer to listen and observe, and because we process what we want to say and only speak when we feel we have something worth saying.

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(This is a comic from the book, but you can also see it on INFJoe’s blog.)

This one doesn’t quite apply to me.  I love to talk and ramble on, but I rarely feel comfortable enough to do so.  Talking to certain people I won’t shut up, but talking to strangers I am often really quiet.  I also do better in one-on-one situations.  When I am in a group I can’t process the conversation fast enough.  Usually by the time I figure out what to say the conversation has moved on and my thought is no longer relevant.

Overall I liked this book.  For the most part the content was accurate with respect to me.  It would have been nice if it was a little cheaper or a little longer.  The author could have gone into more detail about how two different introverts might appear the same on the outside, but their inner struggles could be completely different.  Instead he generalized with the most common struggles.

If you are interested in buying the book you can get it from Amazon.

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