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

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Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily AndersonThe Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: May 17th 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

I started The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You on a whim one afternoon and laughed on page 1. Definitely a good sign! I continued to laugh throughout this delightful book because it was funny, relatable, and nerdtastic.

It is a loose retelling (reimagining?) of Much Ado About Nothing, of which I know just about nothing aside from it being Shakespeare and there being an excellent hate-to-love Lizzie/Darcy type ship. I am always on board for that.

I can’t speak to how well it followed the play or what else was alluded to but the main romance was everything I love. Trixie and Ben had sparkling banter and could go back and forth all day insulting each other. 

It also had a very 10 Things I Hate About You vibe; Trixie was a loveable unlikeable MC who reminded me so much of Kat Stratford! She means well but can come off as opinionated and harsh, and her words definitely have bite to them. Despite that, it’s hard not to love Trixie and her obsession with comic books or being the best at her genius school.

She does so much for her friends and her family, which really allows the more hidden parts of her personality to shine through. And I loved her parents! They were very hilarious and very present. They acted like parents but weren’t unreasonable, which I appreciated. I loved the presence of different parental units in general. It made the book feel more real.

On that same note, I loved the setting! School was shown to be a BIG part of their life- lots of time in class, studying, doing homework, school events. It made it feel relatable and believable even though it was a genius school. I also liked that it was a genius school because it allowed the characters to be slightly pretentious without being unlikeable. They were ALL smart and showed it in different ways. Each character had their own quirk but fit together in their group like a puzzle.

I loved the nerdy conversations, both academic and pop culture. It could have felt heavy handed or name-droppy but honestly, that’s how my friends and I talked. We were always going on about tv shows and books and movies that we loved. It felt natural and witty, like a game of word play. The comic book store was such an awesome setting, especially the first scene! I’m a big fan of routine, so I liked that the three girls went there every Wednesday to pick up their comics and got slurpees afterwards.

I really liked the mixture of guys and girls too; some had crushes on each other, some had always had a mixed group of friends, and others, like Trixie, were making guy friends for the first time. It was cool to not just have a Love Interest and his friends. It seemed like that at first, but the book does become about the group and not just about the couples. It was as much about friendship, preconceived notions, and the pressures of academic achievement as it was about romance. The mystery was really good too, and even though there was a twisty part in the story that took me by surprise I think it works well.

I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about this book! I loved the voice, the mixture of characters, the pop culture references, and the shippy romance. Plus any book that uses grammar and essay formatting to flirt is a winner in my opinion ;)

 

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14 Responses to “Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson”

  1. Chris

    Thanks for the review Morgan! It’s always interesting hearing about a book I wouldn’t necessarily have given a look at. This sounds like a romantic comedy I would certainly enjoy.

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury

    OMG THIS BOOK SOUNDS BEYOND AMAZING. WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD MUCH ABOUT IT BEFORE?!?!? Like emphasis on friendships? Amazing parental units? Witty banter? Clever dialogue?? *signs self up immediately* This is the kind of books I want in my life ASAP that’s for sure. XD

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    This book sounds awesome. I mean, a nerdy retelling which is funny? I totally want to read it. How is this book not being read by everyone everywhere? Well done on finding a release no-one has heard of, I must go seek it out immediately.

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Yes, it was so cute!! I have no idea because everyone should read it. I’m super glad I randomly came across it on NetGalley! Bought myself a copy, I can’t wait to read it again. I hope you love it!

  4. Alexa S.

    I really enjoyed The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You! It was just such a fun read, and I think the author did a really good job of portraying the relationships, making these characters really interesting and inserting a bunch of nerdy references. It definitely made me smile a lot too! :)

  5. Rachel

    Wow this book sounds amazing!! I love that this book is funny and shows realistic teen life. Shippable romance and realistic parents?! I didn’t think those all existed together! Wonderful review :)

  6. Jessie

    okaaay so the last book you recc’d me made me laugh on page one (MLJ) so this is clearly a sign that I need this book. I think I have seen Dahlia rec this one on twitter but I’m weirdly hesitant to buy YA contemporary from new authors. Gotta say — love the nerd element. I feel like this is a book Ben Wyatt would appreciate, as your gif use indicates. Also A+ for B99 that always sells me on books (this is not sarcasm lol)

    ~~adds to unending TBR~~

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      IT’S CLEARLY A SIGN BC I SAW YOU TWEETING ANGIE AND ME LAST NIGHT TOO. Yesssss I think Ben Wyatt would too! That’s a good point! It’s funny, I’m more willing to try new contemp authors than fantasy sometimes. But I am picky on both as you know so I’m always happy when it works out. This was a TOTAL and lovely surprise. I really hope you like it :D

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