Book Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You
Author: Lily Anderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: May 17 2016
Review Source: St. Martin's Griffin

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.

A story about finding common ground with anyone. While we're all different, and while we might despise certain people, it's more worth it to find that common ground than to put forth energy towards that hate. Especially since you don't know where that could lead you.

I thought this story was a cute one. I related to Trixie because I consider myself a nerd. I love comic books, super heroes, Dr. Who. Basically anything to fangirl over is something that I tend to gravitate towards. And because of that I could relate to Trixie.

While I found this enjoyable - I also found that this was a story I had just read. This is my fault. I read this book while reading another book with some similar plot points. Such as nerdy girl fighting to be herself. While this one was different, it did feel similar. The writing did take me back to my high school days, I felt as though I was one of the students among Trixie and her friends - which means Anderson did a great job with her words.

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