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 shes a nerd hiding in a popular girls body isn’t just unknown its 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 shops counter uncovers her secret shes busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom Maddies 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.
Honestly, I am really sorry that I didn’t pick this book up sooner. Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews has been recommending this since I started book blogging and I finally got to pick it up. And I was AMAZED!!!! I have never read a better contemporary book. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
The characters were so sweet!!! All of them were perfect and I loved them to pieces. The story follows popular girl Maddie and her growing attraction to Logan, the nerd. This book was very character driven and I think that was perfect for it. All of the characters changed a lot over time and I loved their character arcs. Everyone was so unique and I think that everyone who appreciates good characters will love this book, regardless of whether they enjoy contemporaries.
The plot was, as I said above, very character based. The pacing was a pretty spot on and I loved how consistent it was. A lot of things changed over the book, mainly Maddie’s idea to tell everyone about her nerd life. I really enjoyed the ending and how interesting it was, even though I thought that it wasn’t that realistic. The plot was very engrossing and I was thinking about it whenever I wasn’t reading it. Which meant that I wasn’t totally bored at school. I also really enjoyed the writing style of Ms. Miller, it was very elegant.
The setting was very descriptive. As it should have been because this wasn’t a fantasy novel. This book made me want to go LARPing and find a group of nerds to hang out with. By the end of the book, I knew the Phoenix inside and out, as well as Maddie’s house. After all, Maddie didn’t go out very much so I would’ve been disappointed if the setting hadn’t been very good.
I loved this book so so much and I highly recommend it. Honestly, go pick it up. Thanks again to Mandy for talking about this book so much, I wouldn’t have picked this up without you. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons