Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Release date: May 17th, 2016
Author links: Goodreads - Twitter - Website
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 352
Purchase links: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.

Oh my, this one was REALLY good! It is essentially the story of Ben and Trixie, two high school seniors who have been fighting with each other since childhood. Now, they are numbers three and four in the highly esteemed ranking of their high school and Trixie is DETERMINED to make sure that she graduates ahead of Ben, even if that means that she will have to use some of her comic book reading time for extra studying. When Trixie learns a secret about Ben, everything starts to change and they realize that there might be much more in common between them than they ever realized.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a loose retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which I think is SUPER awesome. Like Shakespeare's Benedick and Beatrice, Ben and Trixie are pushed together and eventually forced to join forces in order to right the wrong. The wrong in this case is the cheating/plagiarism rumor that starts to make rounds about the school. At first, people not very close to Trixie are touched by the rumors, but when Trixie's best friend is accused, Trixie realizes that she has to do something to clear her friend's name. 

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is like an awesome party of mixed fandoms! There are quite a few references to Doctor Who, a show I never really got into, but I didn't mind it too much, because Anderson also makes references to Joss Whedon and one of the greatest shows ever, Firefly! I love the witty conversations and arguments between Ben and Trixie - it is through those that you get the feeling that they are clearly meant to be the opposite of enemies! 

I absolutely adored the competitive high school setting. I went into an international high school that was fairly competitive (there are entrance exams and only a small number of the applicants get accepted), so I was able to identify with the stress Trixie and her friends go through. The whole gang of friends this book focuses on is extremely interesting and if Anderson would ever be interested to do so, there would definitely be potential in deepening the stories of the supporting characters of Trixie and Ben's story.

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is intelligently written, highly entertaining and enjoyable young adult contemporary novel. It is a must-read for all the proud nerds out there. It is full of awesome references, witty discussions about television, comics and more. In addition to all of that, it also has a romantic pairing PERFECT for shipping. Ben and Trixie definitely are my OTP from now on! 


I picked this one purely because of the fact that this book gave me a LOT of Firefly feels and the desire to rewatch it for like the millionth time. Seriously, if you haven't watched Firefly yet, DO IT NOW! You won't regret it. 

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