Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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 Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a young adult contemporary by Lily Anderson. This book was a ton of fun, and I can see comic book lovers swarming to this book. And, by the way, I think this book has the perfect cover. I seriously love it.
The only Thing Worse Than Me is You centers around three best friends- Trixie, Meg and Harper, who all go to a school for smarties. In The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You there is an all out battle for a better class ranking. I get it, class rank was really important to me in high school too. Though, I didn’t (and no one did) take it to the extreme that Trixie did, but I appreciated her passion and drive. She is a hoot to read about. Her and her friends are all my brand of quirky and nerdy. I loved all of the fandom talk in The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You. I could relate more to the comic book stuff than the Dr. Who stuff, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. (If you are a Dr. Who fan though, I think your fan girling for this book will be kicked up even more.)
And can we talk about Ben? He just makes me giddy. I loved him so much. Trixie and Ben had some grade A+ banter between the two of them. Just the way I like it. In fact, the only thing I didn’t like about Trixie and Ben is that Trixie is Team Iron Man in Avengers Civil War (see below). I will never stray from my Captain America. never.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is chocked full of fandom references for various tv shows, comics and movies, and I loved every second of it. If pop culture references are not your thing, then this might not be the book for you. But if you are looking for a book where you can let your nerd flag fly, and at the same time share lots of laughs with some really great characters with an even better friendship, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is a great book for you to grab.
Top Five Things You Don’t Know About Trixie Watson
- When it comes to the Avengers Civil War (both in the comics and in the MCU), she’s Team Iron Man because she thinks Cap is too much of a goody two-shoes.
- She was raised vegetarian. Her parents would love to go vegan, but Trixie refuses to give up dairy. She’s honestly not all that curious about what meat tastes like—except bacon because the internet won’t shut up about it. (She does think pigs are too cute to eat, so she’ll stay strong and think about Babe and Wilbur.)
- Before the Watsons adopted their dog, Sherry, they had an ancient Maine Coon named Tribble that Trixie’s dad adopted in grad school.
- She has digital copies of all of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics and has never told Meg or Harper about them.
- Matt Smith was her favorite Doctor, but Martha was her favorite companion.