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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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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
"[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
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Holy nerdvana! This book was amazing on so many levels and I never wanted to stop reading it. This book is the perfect mix of teen angst, sweet romance, and a whole lot of nerdy references that will make any fangirl rejoice! With fantastically hilarious characters and an interesting plot, this story has it all and is a must read.
My favorite part of this novel was the characters. Yes, the plot and the setting were interesting, but honestly...what makes this book is the amazingly written characters. Ms. Anderson did the perfect job at capturing a nerdy (but totally awesome) teen girl trying to navigate the crazy world that is high school (and not just any high school, but a high school for geniuses competing for a spot in the top 10...well more like top 3). Trixie is going down as one of my all time favorite main female leads. She was sarcastic and hilarious, and just the perfect person to narrate this story. There's a lot to love about her character, and her banter with Ben is pure gold. It will leave you laughing out loud for several minutes, it's that good. And when Trixie and Ben realize they might not hate each other as much as they thought, well you can see where this goes, but I honestly didn't mind the predictability of it one bit! Every single one of these characters is likable and the type of people you want to have as your best friend. Ms. Anderson did a wonderful job at making each character unique and quirky, and everyone will be able to relate to these characters in some way or the other (I know I certainly did!).
There is some seriousness to this book though, and again, I thought Ms. Anderson captured the dynamic that is high school perfectly. Relationships are tossed through the wringer and not everyone will come out the same. I did love though how they all banded together to fight for the truth to be heard. Just goes to show that when nerds unite, the "powers that be" can be brought down!
With so many nerdy references, there's a lot to love in this book. If you like anything nerdy (SuperWhoLock, Marvel, Buffy, the list goes on), you'll adore this novel. This is a great story that showcases strong friendships, witty banter, and unique characters. You definitely want this book on your TBR as soon as possible!
Happy reading :)
Okay, so, flailing aside, this book really was incredible. I read it in approximately three hours, and couldn't put it down. Dad came into my room well after bedtime, wondering why my light was still in, and I shoved the book in his face and squealed incoherently for at least five minutes. He was not impressed. I, on the other hand, fell asleep still grinning. I LOVE hate-to-love stories, and this one, with the added geekiness... *swoons*
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