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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel by [Anderson, Lily]
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Length: 352 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Gr 9 Up—Trixie Watson and Ben West have been rivals since first grade, and it is in her senior year that Trixie is resolved to get a higher class ranking than her adversary. However, as time goes by, Trixie and Ben realize that they may have more in common than they thought. They are interested in the same geeky characters, TV shows, and movies, and their best friends are dating each other. But when Trixie's best friend is accused of cheating, Trixie will have to decide whose side she's really on. Anderson's debut and Much Ado About Nothing update is full of modern-day fandoms, such as Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, and Marvel comics. Readers interested in these topics might enjoy this novel, but the story line is drawn out, with a long overdue conclusion. However, the narrative makes up for its slow pace with its lovable, relatable, and realistic characters. VERDICT A convoluted work full of contemporary fandoms that fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park or Fangirl will enjoy.—Caitlin Wilson, Brooklyn Public Library

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"[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


Product details

  • File Size: 1206 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 17, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 17, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017HNAHXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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