Book Review

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You(ARC Novel) | Book Review


Author: Lily Anderson

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publication Date: May 2016

Summary: 

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.

Review:

Thank you to Raincoast Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

This has been the best modern-day nerd romance that I have read to date!

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and there’s no shortage of plot twists and humor and romance, sweet romance! I absolutely adore Lily Anderson’s writing style. It’s incredibly fresh, unique, and laugh-out-loud funny.

If you’re looking for the mother lode of nerdy references, lots of witty and fun banter, a clever & fun interpretation of a classic, wonderful friendships and hate to love relationship, then look no further. With unique and interesting and amazing characters, you’re going to want to add this book to your to read list immediately.

But the story was so involving! The emotional and social reactions and exchanges rendered that quibble no more than a plot accelerant; this is a book about friends—boyfriends—social and academic hierarchies—personal, parental, and peer expectations—and not a cryptonomicon about cyber warfare.

I loved the way everything played out, right to the very last page. The melt-downs, the examinations of friendship, love, geekdom, the many references, the text exchanges, the wit! But the story was so involving! The emotional and social reactions and exchanges rendered that quibble no more than a plot accelerant; this is a book about friends—boyfriends—social and academic hierarchies—personal, parental, and peer expectations—and not a cryptonomicon about cyber warfare.

I loved the way everything played out, right to the very last page. The melt-downs, the examinations of friendship, love, geekdom, the many references, the text exchanges, the wit!

All the characters feel real, the voice is totally unique, and the story unfolds at exactly the right pace. Perfect read for those times when you need to remind yourself you LOVE books.

-Read On Darlings!

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