The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You – Lily Anderson
I know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, its something I have to tell myself far too often. I always get drawn to books with pretty covers, but seriously, look at that cover! Its got a graphic novel/ comic book feel about it added with a pretty beach scene and some pretty people being romantic and I was like, I must have this book, then I read the blurb…
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 moustache 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.
So the cover looks like a comic book and the blurb references Doctor Who and Firefly and has talks about fandom friends and I was sold. I love nerdlove, I love Doctor Who, I love Firefly, I love comics, but did I love this book? Well, I did and I didn’t.
This book is super cute, we have a group of high school nerds who end up joining friendship groups because of nerd love and they like Doctor Who and Firefly and Cosplay and comics and science and stuff, I do love a pop culture reference. The bantz are also great, so, so many bantz and the whole I hate you until I realise I love you was so Han/Leia that I was all over it, but like…. Love stories are ten a penny aren’t they and there wasn’t anything particularly different about the Ben/Trixie story to keep me too interested once the sniping had finished. So I was excited to get to the more detective part of the book, but it took far too long for me to get there. You see, that’s my main problem with the book, it is far too long, it takes far too many pages before we get to the actual story. Also, the characters may enjoy the same kind of things as me, but that doesn’t mean that I like them… Trix begins the book by pretty much insulting every single other person in her vicinity. I am not about that life.
While there are a few things that didn’t gel with me, this is a fun, cute read and it is a modern day retelling of Much Ado About Nothing and well, everyone knows that modern day Shakespear stories are amazing, like I dare you to try and find me someone who doesn’t like Ten Things I Hate About You or the Lion King. (Yes, the Lion King. It is Hamlet with lions.) Actually, if I needed to describe this book to someone I would say that it was tumblr crossed with 10 Things I hate About you. It has the fandom references and it has the bants of the two perfectly combined. It just needed less pages and less of a focus on the generic romances and it would be awesome.
That being said, I would recommend this, especially to mid teens/ younger readers and even more so if they happen to be into pop culture references.