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

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 on May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
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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.


So freak’n geeky and adorable! The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You is a super fun, adorable and hilarious story. Set in a high school for geniuses, the story follows the classic comedy of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (which I love!) really well but adds its own fun geeky/nerdy twist. I’m actually really struggling to express my love for this so here’s a bunch of reasons why this book is so wonderful!

“Better busy than bored,” Mr. Leonard said. “Idle nerds become supervillians.”

1) I adored our Beatrice (Trixie Watson) and Benedick (Ben West)! They are the classic enemies-turned-lovers couple which means a ton of banters and adorable moments, especially when they realize how good a team they make when they’re not trying to one-up each other.

“You’re perfect,” he stammered. His eyes flickered up to mine and held. “Don’t ever stop being you.”
“I’m just school and comics, too,” I breathed. “I don’t know how to be anything else.”
“Don’t be anything else. Be Trixie.”

1a) Trixie is awesome.

Because that’s the girl that I was in my head. Proudly geeky, not only about comics or sci-fi but about everything I loved.

1b) Ben is amazing.

“I’m wearing makeup. It’s performance enhancer for my face.”
“I see you every day. It’s not the makeup.” He reached over tentatively and lifted my chin. His fingers shook, just a little. “Your eyes really are gray, aren’t they? I thought they were blue, but they’re almost silver.”
“Very low melanin levels,” I said, faltering.
“You gorgeous mutant.” A smile wobbled across his face.

2) Harper and Cornell. Or rather all the hilarious and cute moments brought on by their love for each other. Also know as “two chickens in love”, they spend a lot of the time being adorably awkward while their friends moan and groan and try to help them out. Also, adorable friendships among the whole gang!

“We’re all going stag, except Corny and the Harpsichord–”
“Terrible nicknames,” Cornell said.
“I kind of like them” Harper said, snickering. “Corny”

3) The battles and the sleuthing. Trixie is ranked #4 in her year, Ben #3 and she’s determined to knock Ben down. But when a scandal breaks about hackers and cheaters changing their ranking, Tixie and Ben put aside their differences to team up in order to help their accused friend. I loved seeing their relationship develop but also trying to solve this mystery.

4) Lots of super fun fandom references from TV shows, to movies to comics.

It was nuclear fusion. It was the door to Narnia. It was a cacophonic wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey symphony regenerating us into a spectacular and overwhelming new form.

5) Witty dialogue and just a lot of moments that I just loved.


“She sold it to us as sexual tension,” Cornell said.
“Classic Elizabeth and Darcy.” Meg said.
“I’m not Mr. Darcy,” Ben said.
“No…”Harper laughed. “You’re the Elizabeth.”

Overall, I had so much fun reading this and everyone should read especially if you’re a fan of Much Ado About Nothing, ridiculously adorable characters, hilarious and sassy banter, nerdy geeky things and great writing.

“Hey, West?”

“Yes, Beatrice?”

“I love you.”

“I know”

PS. Check out Jackie’s raving review HERE!

About Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

7 Replies to “Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson”

  1. I had no idea this was out there. I love the idea of this retelling. The genius high school setting and geeky kids sounds fab. Those quotes are great. Thanks, Cyn!

  2. This is new to me, bu it does sound like a fun read. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The plot sounds good! I have not heard of this book before. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love geeky stories! This sounds fantastic! I hadn’t heard of this before, but I’m adding it to my TBR right now! Great review!

  5. This one is totally new to me. I love geeky and adorable though so I will have to check this out. Great review!

  6. This sounds absolutely amazing! You sold me with the quotes – they are too adorable for words. I will have to see if my library has a copy of this one.

  7. Oh my gosh this sounds freakin’ adorable. All hail the GEEKS!

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