The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel by Lily AndersonThe Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel by Lily Anderson

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel

byLily Anderson

Hardcover | May 17, 2016

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Named One of the 16 Best Young Adult Books of 2016 (So Far) by Paste Magazine!

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.

Stephanie Perkins meets 10 Things I hate About You in The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, a fresh, romantic debut from author Lily Anderson inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.

LILY ANDERSON is an elementary school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California. THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is her debut novel.
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Title:The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.55 × 5.87 × 1.22 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250079098

ISBN - 13:9781250079091

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book is made for nerds and people who love all things pop culture - which is exactly why this book worked so well for me. I loved seeing references to things I fangirl over like Firefly, Saga, and Shakespeare. And they aren't name dropped for the sake of it; they're all clever interwoven into the text and dialogue. Speaking of the dialogue, I LOVED it. Easily my favourite thing about this book. I was literally laughing out loud on my break at work and couldn't stop smiling when I thought about the lines again. Amazingly enough, that was only page 5, and it only got better. Enjoyed how flawed all the characters were, major and minor. Trixie and Ben are adorable squishes and I love how to the friend groups came together because they have a great dynamic.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute and fun! This was a really fun, cute book! It had mystery stuff going on, and investigations, and cuteness, and it was great! Also nerdy references, which was fun. I got a lot of them, but some of them I did not, and there were a few things about the school I didn't understand, which was a little frustrating, but other than that, it was a lot of fun!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Smart Nerdy Fun Read It's always the books you don't mean to read that end up surprising you. This was the case for me with The Only Thing Worst Than Me is You. I only intended to take a peek but ended up flying through the book. It was a quick, fun and smart read. There's something to be said about a great first chapter that just pulls you in. The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You held a very casual tone that kept me flipping the pages. In the beginning I wasn't quite sure about the writing as it felt a bit stiff but the characters and dialogues eventually won me over. The story features a catalogue of high IQ kids that go to a special school for the gifted. They're a bunch of geniuses and geeks who manage to sound smart even while cracking humorous jokes. All the quoting and referencing of classics and pop culture added an extra fun edge to the story. While some confused me, others had me holding my laughter in because I was reading in public. Trixie and Ben have been mortal enemies since forever. I've never come across characters that are as venomous as these two. The efficiency of their back and forth insults and their ability to swiftly spit out retorts made them quite the problematic pair. I was going 'ohhh' and 'ahhh' watching them and I seriously loved it. As the story progressed, their relationship also took on a whole new meaning. Due to an unexpected (happy) happenstance, their rivalry fades, their animosity dissolves and the tension between them sizzles into something else. They're both still full of sass and sarcasm but this time with a loving side~ There's a mystery that kept me on my toes but it's the sweet circle of friends that made the story for me. There's undying loyalty between the girls and secret-sharing between the boys. Each boy and girl added their own quirkiness to the book. Some strange, some unique but I love the mischief and sneakiness they all shared. These characters make you unsure if you're suppose to be exasperated, angry or happy. They make you cry in indignation at the trick they played but most of all, they make you fold over with laughter. It was impossible not to eat up everything that was The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You. This book was so much fun I can see it succeeding as a sitcom. I would love to be able to watch the story play out on tv! All the smiles!
Date published: 2016-05-26

Editorial Reviews

"[The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You] is written in a such a bright and unique voice, making it a hidden gem amongst other contemporary novels.... A sweet treat from start to finish, satisfying my love for adorable romance, delightful characters, and all things nerdy. "To read or not to read": if that is your question, than I implore you to get your hands on this superhero-cupcake of a novel as soon as you can." -The Young Adults, on the B&N Teen Blog"Full of modern-day fandoms, such as Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars and Marvel comics... [and with] lovable, relatable, and realistic characters...that fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park or Fangirl will enjoy." -Library Journal"A geeky Shakespearean retelling that tosses [Much Ado About Nothing] into a comic book store. The result is a hilarious contemporary romance that pays tribute to everything in the geek canon, from Firefly to Doctor Who." -Paste, "The 16 Best Young Adult Books of 2016 (So Far)""There's a lot to enjoy in debut novelist Anderson's geek-positive update of Much Ado About Nothing, including intense comic book fandom, a cheating scandal, student council drama, themed dances, and two central characters engaged in an epic love-hate relationship. Readers familiar with the Shakespeare will enjoy Anderson's riffs on the original's plot points as Trixie and Ben get their nerdily-ever-after ending." -Publishers Weekly"The adaptation is spot on, the witty banter is quoteworthy.brain candy for the brainy crowd." -The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books"Debut author Anderson updates Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing with impressive nerdisms and stinging wordplay." -Booklist"This is the kind of book that would get lost with you in a comic book shop. It would stay up late with you for a midnight release movie. It would let you practice your moves in a fighting game, before things got started. Basically, this book is the geeky best friend you've always wanted. A hilarious, heartfelt book that treats pop culture and Shakespeare with the same reverence and adoration, The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You a perfect geeky read that I wish I'd had in high school. If you could rate books on a scale of comic book conditions, this book would be MINT." -Eric Smith, blogger and author of The Geek's Guide to Dating"This was a super fun retelling of Much Ado! I absolutely loved the voice in this book and the banter was A+++++." -Ashley Herring Blake, author of Suffer Love"I raced through the arc of this fast paced, smart, funny high school mystery inspired by Much Ado About Nothing! Trixie Watson's senior year at her high school for the gifted and talented goes wildly awry. First, her lifelong nemesis has a surprising change of heart about her and second, a cheating scandal involves one of her closest friends. Trixie's evolving romance was pitch perfect and the mystery of the cheating kept me hooked until the last page. This is a sweet, intelligent and clever story. The dialogue is phenomenal! Highly, highly recommend!" -Karen Fortunati, author of The Weight of Zero"I loved The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You. It's not only fun and witty-it's also generous and big-hearted. And as a bonus, it's thoroughly appreciated of fandom culture AND has good parental relationships." -Jennifer Mason-Black, author of Devil and the Bluebird