The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

Finished The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson. I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (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.”

The first thing you need to know about this is that it’s a YA version of Much Ado About Nothing.  (The synopsis doesn’t make that clear, but it’s true.)  And also, I absolutely loved it.  (Not surprising, really, seeing as how MAAN is my favorite Shakespearean comedy.)

Really, how can you go wrong with an updated version of that play that centers around pop culture nerds? Answer: you cannot.

Okay, so  I am completely in book smit with Trixie.  She’s way more sarcastic than anyone I’ve ever met (think Veronica Mars turned up to 11) and she is so passionate about everything.  And probably the thing she loves the most is being mean to/about Ben.  But don’t feel too bad for Ben—he gives back as good as he gets.

And, if you know the original source material (or pop culture at all), you know what happens next.  Except getting there is most of the fun.

Warning: this will make you want to binge Battlestar Galactica.

Highly recommended.


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