The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson | Book Review

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson | Book ReviewThe Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Also by this author: Not Now, Not Ever
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Girls & Women, Young Adult, Love & Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781466891722

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.

I sincerely regret not reading The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson sooner. I mean, I was on the blog tour for it but because I am a terrible blogger, I had no idea what my tour date was and did not bother to ask. So maybe, I am the you that the title is talking about? Alas, Lily Anderson’s book is such an engaging, funny, PERFECT summer read. It really hit the contemporary craving spot. I absolutely, positively loved this book y’all.

Okay, so I read The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson all in one weekend. I decided to finally get to reading this book because I felt so bad about my blog tour fail. I guess this book is a retelling of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare but with teenage geniuses as the main characters. Beatrice “Trixie” Watson goes to the Mess school which is basically a school for geniuses. She has two best friends – Harper and Meg. The two are a tight trio. Harper has had a crush on this guy named Cornell forever and it seems this is the year they finally get together. Only, the downside is that he is best friends with Ben West, who is Trixie’s mortal enemy. The two have this banter and exchange of words thing going on.

I LOVED TRIXIE. She’s so nerdy and awesome. Trixie is really into comic books and BBC and is absolutely someone I could be friends with. Her friends mean the world to her and she will go to whatever lengths to protect her friends. She is also incredibly smart and competitive and funny. I think part of the reason I read The Only Thing Worse Than You Is Me so fast is because of my admiration for Trixie’s character.

In addition to being addictive because of the characterization, there is also the romance aspect. First off, there’s the business between Cornell and Harper. The two are at the top of their class. They have very similar interests and have been giving longing glances toward each other for years. There is absolutely a will they won’t they feel. However, while that romance is excellent, what totally tops it is the one in store for Trixie. Okay, so she really hates Ben right? Well, you know that whole love hate relationship thing? It is totally going on here and IT IS AWESOME. I mean, it is wave my hands in the air while yelling about this book like a weirdo awesome.

Okay, so if you don’t like pop culture references, comic books, and Shakespeare, perhaps you should pass on reading The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson. If, on the other hand, you are an incredibly awesome person you should read this book. Anderson’s book has definitely got me on a whole new contemporary kick and now I just want to read all the contemporary books — especially the funny ones. GUYS READ THIS BOOK NOW.

Other reviews of The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson:

Nerdophiles – “it’s finally a geeky romance novel with a truly geeky female protagonist.


Once Upon A Twilight – “I thought this story was a cute one

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Oh, I absolutely adored The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You! It’s so funny, and it’s so smart, and the characters are SO wonderful. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it too!

  2. Okay, this sounds great. I love hate to love relationships, and I especially like the sounds of the nerdy Trixie. Nerds make the world go ’round!
    And funny contemporaries are really the best.
    Thanks for the review, April – adding this to my tbr! 🙂
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