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

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 never really liked Much Ado About Nothing. Sure it has its comedic moments, but to tell you the truth the characters were on the ehh side. However, if you add some geekiness and modern day things to it The Only Thing About Me was an adorable read, especially when in the mood for fluff. Now I haven’t read MAAN since high school, but this book made it easy to remember what was going on and I think the author did a marvelous job on the retelling…? Though I’m not sure if retelling is the right word.

Anyhow, everyone in this book is a geek…except Peter. What I loved about is that while the pop culture was abundant it could be a little distracting sometimes. Like I want to read about what happens, not about Daleks and the homage to Watson’s mustache. The plot is brilliant and I loved how quirky these characters were. Despite them being geniuses I can relate to almost a lot of the characters. I enjoyed Trixie’s and Ben’s banter a lot that I was kind of sad that they slowly started caring for one another. It was cute, but I prefer the banter…though when they do start to date it’s more of along the lines of having a debate I guess. One of my favorite scenes is when Trixie accidentally eavesdropped on her friends about Ben’s feelings for her and she, of course, thinks that it’s her fault he’s super emo and depressed so she’s trying to make up for it by playing nice.

So, if you’re in a horrible reading slump like I’ve been having The Only Thing About Me is You is the perfect cure if you’re in the mood for fluff and rainbow. Not only does this book have the most adorable friendships and awkward romance, but it also has the falling for childhood frienemy trope, which is another one of my favorite trope.


Author: Jackie

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

  1. Glad you liked this book!! I always get wary about retellings, but this one sounds super cute!! I’ve heard a lot of good about it, so I’m surprised it’s not more popular.

  2. This sounds like a cute book Cyn, I enjoy the falling for a frenemy trope as well 🙂

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